Van Barneveld v Richardson: Dutch delight at favourite venue

If Barney hits his straps, then he wins this at a canter

Raymond van Barneveld begins his 2011 PDC World Championship campaign against relative unknown James Richardson. But the Dutchman will know he cannot take anything for granted following disappointing performances at the Players Championship Finals and Grand Slam of Darts recently.

Richardson won his tour card at the Q School earlier this year and made his first, and only, professional final in Gladbeck at the end of October. He lost to Colin Osborne on that occasion, but it was enough to set him up for his first tilt at the World Championships here.

The 37-year-old beat Co Stompe, Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson, amongst others, on his way to the final in Germany to show his pedigree. But in truth, this match is all about the Dutchman.

If Barney hits his straps, then he wins this at a canter. The big Dutchman hasn’t had the best of years, but always saves his best for this tournament. He’s reached the quarter-final or better in four of his five PDC World Championship appearances and also hit two nine-darters on the Ally Pally stage in that period.

“I know I'm going to do well this year but I have to put a lot of work in and I'm not afraid of that,” said Barney prior to the tournament's start.

“My worst enemy is myself. If I don't defeat myself I know I can beat them all.”

There’s no value in backing Barney for the win at odds as short as 1/10, and although the 6/5 Ladbrokes offer on a 3-0 win is tempting it should be avoided given the Dutchman’s recent below-par performances.

The bet that I do like is Paddy Power’s 9/4 on Van Barneveld hitting the most 180s of the night. He hit the most 180s per leg in the tournament Doncaster last weekend, and although Dave Chisnall is favourite his match could be over in the blink of an eye, therefore offering fewer opportunities to fill the treble 20 bed.

Recommended Bet:

Van Barneveld to hit most 180s on night 4 @ 9/4 with Paddy Power

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 18/12/2011 - 13:52 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Raymond van Barneveld

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