Webster v Burnett: Spider to boss battle of the valleys

Webster has been incredibly consistent on the big stage these past 12 months

Former World Champions Mark Webster and Richie Burnett will go head to head in the battle of North Wales against South Wales on the opening night at the 2012 PDC World Championships.

Webby goes in as a huge 1/3 favourite off the back of a run to the final at the Players Championships in Doncaster. Burnett, who looked promising early on against Wes Newton when leading 2-0, saw his hopes die with a whimper as he bowed out with a 6-3 defeat, and he isn't given much of a chance to claim victory here at a price of 3/1.

Not many will argue these odds either. Webster has been incredibly consistent on the big stage these past 12 months, reaching the quarter finals or better on six occasions, demonstrating his ability to handle the pressures of the big stage. Burnett on the other hand is making only his second appearance at the World Championships in five years, after suffering an early exit last year to an out-of-sorts Alan Tabern. The Price of Wales showed tremendous frustration on stage during his poor performance against Wes Newton, which could also work against him with the scoring of Webster likely to prove difficult for Burnett to keep pace with.

The 28 year old from Denbigh is also 8/13 to win by -1.5 legs. Unlike the Andersons of this world, it is a rare occurrence to see Webster drop his standard regardless of the situation and based on his recent standard of play, a victory margin of more than one set should be attainable.

The 2008 Lakeside winner is also 1/3 to walk away with the highest average. Spider is widely classed as among the best treble 19 hitters in the game, and there won't be many visits from him lacking a big treble.

Although he doesn't quite have the top heavy scoring of Anderson, Lewis or Taylor, Mark Webster has proven time and again he is among the most reliable players in the field and few would argue he won't have another solid run in this year's tournament. Burnett will not roll over and die like many first round entrants in previously weaker fields, but the world number 7 should have too much in his locker for the 1995 World Champion.

Recommended bets:

Mark Webster to win @ 1/3 with Stan James

Mark Webster to win -1.5 sets @ 8/13 with Bet365

Mark Webster to have the highest average @ 1/3 with Victor Chandler

Written By:- Michael McGhee (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 14/12/2011 - 14:58 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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