Whitlock v Smith: Wizard to cast his spell

The Wizard was unfortunate to suffer a broken ankle back in October

After a prolonged absence due to injury, Simon Whitlock returns to the oche in an attempt to replicate his incredible run of two years ago which saw him reach the final of the biggest tournament in the darting world. Standing in his way though is a veteran of the PDC circuit and former World Championship semi-finalist in the form of Dennis Smith, who will provide stern opposition.

The Wizard was unfortunate to suffer a broken ankle back in October and he hasn’t competed since missing the Grand Slam and the Players Championship Finals, potentially costing him tens of thousands of pounds. However, he has recovered sufficiently in time for the trip to the Alexandra Palace, will be reinvigorated thanks to the rest and is ready to launch an assault on Adrian Lewis’s title.

The Australian is still ranked number five in the world but if he doesn’t manage a good run over the festive period then he will drop well below that as the bumper cheque he received two years ago will no longer count in the rankings after this tournament. I don’t believe this will be at the forefront of his mind when he takes to the stage in London, but will certainly increase the pressure on the man from Hornsby.

There will be much less pressure on the man ranked 50 in the world, Dennis Smith, who, although is not one of the most recognised names in the game nowadays, reached the last four in the tournament back in 2000 and has reached the same stage of the World Grand Prix twice in the past.

Despite this impressive repertoire, Smith will quite rightly go into the contest as a heavy second favourite against a man of huge quality and big match experience. The best odds you can get on a victory for the Wizard is 6/17 with bwin so obviously there isn’t much to be won there, the slightly better value can be had in the handicap markets and I would take the 4/6 that Victor Chandler are offering on a Whitlock win with a 1.5 set deficit. 

Recommended Bet:

Whitlock -1.5 sets @ 4/6 with Victor Chandler

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 20/12/2011 - 23:19 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News

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