Whitlock v Anderson: A potential classic

both proved their undoubted quality to come back from the brink

The strength in depth in the PDC now means that rarely do we see who we would expect to as far as the seedings go in the latter stages of competitions.  This year’s World Championship is no different as just one quarter-final bears out the rankings with fourth seed Gary Anderson takes on fifth seed Simon Whitlock in the last eight.

Despite what looks like a predictable quarter-final clash, it looked far from certain at times during the tournament. When Whitlock took an age to hobble to the stage on his broken ankle to face Dennis Smith in his first match, few expected him to prevail, and when Anderson went two sets down to Jyhan Artut in his opening contest it looked for all the world that he was on his way home as well. However, both proved their undoubted quality to come back from the brink and have continued to impress from then on.

In terms of peaking at the right time for this huge contest, Anderson might just have the edge as the Wizard’s averages have been declining over his three matches since his enormous 105.11 against Smith; Anderson’s, however, peaked in the third round as he eclipsed three figures for the first time at 100.65.

The Flying Scotsman also has the advantage in the head-to-head record with 10 victories compared to the Australian’s six and most importantly Anderson has won the last eight contests between the two.

As a result of this the man formerly known as Dream Boy is the odds on favourite at best price 4/7 compared to the Wizard’s most attractive odds of 7/4.  Although I can see why Ando has been made favourite, I am surprised to see such a disparity in the odds as Whitlock has looked near his awesome best so far this tournament.

I can’t pick a winner, but whatever happens, both men are too good to lose by more than two sets in my eyes, so I would go with over 7.5 sets at 5/4 with Sky Bet, which seems pretty generous.

Recommended Bet:

Over 7.5 sets @ 5/4 with Sky Bet


Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 30/12/2011 - 09:55 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Simon Whitlock, Gary Anderson


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