Van Barneveld v Painter: A Scottish homecoming
Raymond Van Barneveld will be hoping the Tartan Barney Army are out in force again as he bids to break into the top four against Premier League new boy Kevin Painter. The Dutchman has had some mixed results thus far, but has shown plenty of signs of the heavy scoring returning to his game. Inspite of a 91 average in the tournament so far however, Painter has held his own so far as he currently sits third in the league with three victories to his name, but the Daventry man will face a new challenge altogether when he comes up against the vocal Tartan Barney Army.
With the home crowd sure to be urging Barney all the way he is predictably the favourite at 7/10 with Boylesports. The Artist has frequently defied the odds in this year's tournament and will interest a few into departing with their cash at odds of 13/5 against the at times mentally fragile Barneveld, and the draw may see some money too at 9/2.
Taking those into consideration Barney is still the obvious choice. The five-time world champion has a tournament average eight points higher than that of Painter's. There is also a fairly staggering stat out there in the head to head matches between the two. Painter has only recorded one win against Barney in 11 years. Barneveld also has a terrific record in Glasgow having won on four of his five visits to the City.
Painter though shouldn't be underestimated, and while the history of this fixture and the venue favours Barneveld, the reigning Player's Championship holder has displayed his battling qualities time and again in the tournament. Over 12.5 legs at 10/11 with BetVictor may well be the bet sought by those worried about Barney should he fail to live up to the high expectations of the Glasgow crowd.
This new territory for Painter may shock the Artist, similar to when Andy Hamilton struggled in Aberdeen against the local hero Gary Anderson.
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