Thornton v White: Diamond to rough up the Thorn

White showed some tenacious darts in Wolverhampton

Ian White takes to the Alexandra Palace stage for the first time when he faces number 31 seed Robert Thornton. White, who made his televised debut at the Grand Slam of Darts last month will be looking to build upon that against Thornton who has struggled to build on the form he displayed when he first arrived in the PDC.

Thornton comes in as the 4/6 favourite, although White may also attract some attention at 11/8. White showed some tenacious darts in Wolverhampton defeating Raymond Van Barneveld and losing a last leg decider to Lakeside and World Masters runner up Dean Winstanley, and some will fancy him to go one better by reaching the second round at the World Championships.

The Ardrossan based Thornton should not be dismissed though. Although he has put in poor performances away from the TV, which was contributed to not qualifying for the major events, the Scot has thrown some quality darts when he has appeared on the big screen. Thornton has taken scalps such as John Part, Andy Hamilton, Dave Chisnall, Simon Whitlock and Colin Osborne in some of his most recent televised experiences and will once again prove a tough nut to crack.

The handicap market could provide a better opportunity for profit. White is priced up at 4/7 with a 1.5 leg head start. For those struggling to pick a winner here, they may wish to go with the head start being offered to White here.

Bet365 go 13/8 that we see over 4.5 sets, and many people will be in agreement with the bookies that little will separate the pair in the end.

This might well be the most evenly matched first round match on paper, and it may well take the distance to separate these two, but it is also sure to provide some terrific entertainment.

Recommended bets:

Ian White +1.5 legs @ 4/7 with Bet365

Over 3.5 legs @ 13/8 with Bet365


Written By:- Michael McGhee (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 16/12/2011 - 17:28 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News


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