Smith v Rand: Evenly matched players to go the distance

Pieman has now firmly established himself in the world's top 32

Scott Rand produced the performance of his darting career to reach the semi-finals of the Players Championship Finals last weekend, and probably should have gone on to reach his first ever major final.

Cool Hand couldn’t live up to his nickname as he missed two darts at a match winning double before losing the next three legs and the match having lead 7-4 and 9-6.

A lorry driver by trade, Rand is hopeful of one day giving up the day job to play darts full time. A deep run here could see him realise that dream, but he’ll need to negotiate his way past a seasoned pro in Andy Smith before he can even contemplate that.

The man that they call Pieman has now firmly established himself in the world’s top 32 and has numerous big name scalps notched on his rolling pin. He can mix it with the best, but has rarely shown signs of having that extra gear to his game that would see him challenge in the latter stages of major events.

On the only previous occasion that these two have met Smith edged it in a final leg decider, don’t be surprised to see this one go to sudden death. On the evidence of last weekend’s performance in Doncaster Rand has every chance of becoming a professional in the next 12 months, and he can show that this Wednesday evening whether it be in victory or defeat.

The Match Odds market looks too tough to call with Smith’s experience rightly lending him to be the slight favourite. However, the 6/4 that Bet365 are offering on this one going all the way to a fifth set does look tempting. A long match also propositions plenty of opportunities for 180s and Paddy Power are offering Evens on there being more than 7.5 in the match. Both players are proficient with their treble 20 hitting and will have the caller clearing his throat frequently given the opportunity.

Recommended Bets:

Back Over 4 sets @ 6/4 with Bet365

Back Over 7.5 180s @ Evens with Paddy Power

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 20/12/2011 - 18:31 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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