Whitlock v Van Gerwen: Mighty Mike too quick for wounded Wizard

he comes up against a young Dutchman in probably the best form of his career

Simon Whitlock’s tournament began under a cloud of uncertainty as speculation about how he would cope with a troublesome ankle injury circulated. A 105 three-dart average that led him to a comfortable 3-0 win over Dennis Smith pushed those concerns to one side before the pundits began completely disregarding the injury following an impressive 4-1 victory over Steve Beaton in the second round.

Yet they may have been slightly premature in doing so. The Australian had a full week to recover between first and second round matches. Between second and third round fixtures he has little more than 24 hours.

And, to add to the complexity of the task, he comes up against a young Dutchman in probably the best form of his career. Michael van Gerwen has already seen off Colin Osborne and Mervyn King this week, and will hold no reservations going into this one. Playing as though he has a point to prove, a point Mighty Mike is certainly proving.

Another factor that must be taken into consideration here is the speed at which Van Gerwen plays. In beating Smith in the opening round Whitlock had plenty of time between throws to alleviate pressure from his ankle, then in the second round, although Beaton is far from slow, he still wasn’t rushed to or from the oche. That will all change here. The Wizard will need to be on the move constantly throughout this match as by the time he reaches the back of the stage he’ll be required to throw again.

Without consideration for the ankle injury this could be a very tight game. But when factoring it into the equation, as I feel we have to, then the only bet can be a back of the Dutchman at the 11/4 that William Hill are offering.

Recommended Bet:

Back Van Gerwen to win @ 11/4 with William Hill

Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 29/12/2011 - 11:00 AM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Simon Whitlock

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