Whitlock v Beaton: Wizard too hot for Adonis

the Bronzed Adonis has only ever recorded three victories at Alexandra Palace

Simon Whitlock takes on Steve Beaton in the second round of the World Championship after contrasting fortunes for both players in round one. Whitlock set the standard in round one after throwing a terrific 105 average, dropping only one leg in a surprisingly easy victory against Dennis Smith, despite rumours of his broken ankle hampering his ability to stand at the oche for any longer than 15 minutes. Beaton, meanwhile, hobbled over the line from two sets down, with perhaps some help from the crowd against a rattled Magnus Caris.

Whitlock is a firm 2/7 favourite, while at 16/5 few will give Beaton a chance after throwing a pathetic 81 average against Caris. Despite a successful career on both sides of the darting divide, the Bronzed Adonis has only ever recorded three victories – including last week’s win – at Alexandra Palace and has never reached the quarter-finals stage in 10 years in the PDC World Championships. Whitlock, on the other hand, seems to enjoy the Ally Pally venue having won seven matches and lost just two on Muswell Hill, and the form guide will favour him yet again.

The Aussie recorded seven 180s in his victory over Dennis Smith, while Beaton failed to record any, and with the Wizard having stated he is playing with a chip on his shoulder in a bid for a Premier League place, the 25 point differential in the averages will likely prove too large a gap for the former Lakeside Champion to provide any serious challenge. The Price on offer of 6/5 for Whitlock to win by more than two sets will look inviting based on the events of round one.

Recommended Bet:

Back Simon Whitlock (-2.5) @ 6/5 with Victor Chandler

Written By:- Michael McGhee (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 28/12/2011 - 11:02 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Simon Whitlock

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