World Grand Prix Betting: Van Barneveld v Smith

In reality this is a match that we should expect the Dutchman to cruise through

In our first round preview we spoke of Raymond van Barneveld looking a more calm, collected and relaxed character in front of a dartboard these days. He displayed all those characteristics and more to see off a spirited and in-form Mervyn King, while the 100 checkout to win the first set showed the class of the player.

Andy Smith, meanwhile, didn’t have to do a lot to win his first round match against local boy Willie O’Connor. But he did enough and his 86.21 three-dart average was only fractionally inferior to Barney’s.

Surprisingly for two players that have been in the game for so long, they’ve only played each other three times in their career. Barney won the first two and Smith the most recent almost two years ago.

In reality this is a match that we should expect the Dutchman to cruise through. The danger is that he sometimes needs to know that he is in a game to produce his best and because of that I do think Pieman can at least steal a set somewhere along the line. Consequently my first suggestion is to back Barney to win 3-1 at odds of 5/2 with Bet365.

My second suggested bet is on the 180s market. Smith is capable of going toe-to-toe with the best of them in the maximum stakes, and that is reflected by the fact that he is not made a rank outsider in the 180s match bet despite being expected to lose the game comfortably. Nevertheless, he still represents value at odds of 13/8 with Sky Bet.

Recommended Bets:

Back Barney to win 3-1 @ 5/2 with Bet365

Back Smith to hit most 180s @ 13/8 with Sky Bet


Written By:- Jaymes Monte (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 05/10/2011 - 01:10 AM
Filed in:- World Grand Prix Darts Betting News


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