World Grand Prix Betting: Van Barneveld v King

King is 7/4 and Van Barneveld just 2/5 to progress to round two

The World Grand Prix is a tournament that Raymond van Barneveld tends to enjoy. In the last four seasons he has reached the semi-finals or better; twice thwarted by James Wade and twice by Phil Taylor.

Having recently won his first ranking event title since 2008 Barney portrays a more relaxed and content figure in front of the oche these days. For a period of 18 months he could be seen mentally beating himself up at the first signs of a dart straying into the 5 bed. He appears to have now adopted a ‘what will be will be’ attitude and looks all the better for it.

Following a few weeks holiday Barney returned to action at the Dublin Players Championship this weekend, suffering a disappointing first round loss on Saturday. But he bounced back admirably on Sunday where Taylor once again proved to be his nemesis in round 4, despite a nine-dart finish for the Dutchman.

As a seeded player he was handed perhaps one of the toughest possible opening round draws at the World Grand Prix. Mervyn King has had trouble with the elbow of his throwing arm in recent months but has looked back to full fitness over the past seven days.

The King followed up two impressive days of darts at the Championship League with a semi-final appearance in Saturday’s Dublin Players Championship. I’m convinced that he’ll provide some stiff opposition for Barney this Monday evening.

A belief that isn’t truly reflected in the darts betting odds: Paddy Power make King 7/4 and Van Barneveld just 2/5 to progress to round two. Those odds are certain to be due in some part to Barney’s telling 17-5 head-to-head historical advantage over his opponent.

Considering those stats it is probably best to avoid an outright bet on King and instead opt to play in the handicap market. King +1.5 sets – which equates to King winning just one set – looks to be the bet at odds of 8/15.

Recommended Bet:

Back Mervyn King +1.5 sets @ 8/15 with Paddy Power


Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 03/10/2011 - 13:30 PM
Filed in:- World Grand Prix Darts Betting News


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