Stompe v Smith: Matchstick to burn brightly

The world number 22 won the World Cup with the Netherlands last year

Whilst Michael Smith might not have been one of the unseeded players that the top 32 were desperate to avoid, he will certainly provide a stern test for Co Stompe who has been anything but consistent over recent times.

The world number 22 won the World Cup with the Netherlands last year but hasn’t had the best of times during 2011. He went out in the first round of the world championships and he hadn’t bettered or equaled the six-grand prize money he got for that until last weekend at the Players Championships finals in Doncaster.

This continued an upturn in form for the Dutchman though which saw him reach two semi-finals in one weekend at Players Championships in Crawley and he will have serious designs on equaling his best world championship performances of quarter-finals in ’09 and ’10.

Smith is standing in his way though and although he is making his debut at the Alexandra Palace, he has shown he can perform on the floor and the stage in the past. He has hit a nine-darter on the youth tour already this year and won a UK Open qualifier, edging past Dave Chisnall in the final, so he is certainly a threat in a short form of the game. Two last 32 appearances at the UK Open, for someone ranked 61st in the world shows he is no shrinking violet on the stage either.

Despite the potential of Smith, it would still be quite a shock if he could eliminate the Matchstick and the odds reflect the situation as Stompe is best priced 4/11 for the win. The handicap will offer some better value for money though and Stompe to win with a -1.5 deficit can be had at 4/6 with various bookmakers, and that looks good to me.

Recommended Bet:

Stompe (-1.5) to win @ 4/6 with Victor Chandler

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 15/12/2011 - 23:06 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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