We have been treated to some high drama and quality so far over the first two days in Citywest. For me the best match was the tussle between Daryl Gurney and Adrian Lewis where the match went all the way to the final leg. Gurney made his presence felt on stage even trying a blind 180 at one stage and looked like he would win the final leg for victory. Unfortunately for the Derryman he hit the wire with double 8 whereas Lewis found double 10 to escape with a win.
Elsewhere Phil Taylor wrapped up and easy but unconvincing win over Steve Beaton. Both players were a bit off form on stage but as mentioned before the draw has been kind to the Power as he will face Andrew Gilding in the next round. With all respect to his opponent Phil will be expected to progress through to the quarter finals.
I was extremely impressed with Gary Anderson’s 2-0 victory over his tough opponent Brendan Dolan on Monday night. The Scot posted an average of 99 which considering the double in double out format is an extremely high standard. He proved that his previous woes on the doubles have ended as he has a new determination and swagger about him.
PDC World Grand Prix Second Round Betting Tips
The first bet I will recommend in the second round is for Taylor to beat Gilding by 3-0 at the odds of 4/5. Taylor admitted in the interview afterwards that he was nervous in the first round given its best of 3 sets format. Over this longer distance I feel that he will be more relaxed on stage and will outscore his opponent. Glding did score very well against Webster in the last round but obviously will have to improve his play considerably to give the Power a test.
I also fancy James Wade to continue his good form against Robert Thornton and should give Thorn plenty of problems on stage. The line for his highest check at 109.5 seems very low to me so I will back the Machine to get a higher outshot than that
I was impressed with the way in which Stephen Bunting won his match over Ronnie Baxter with minimum fuss and I fancy the Asset to continue his winning ways over Peter Wright at 10/11. Bunting ran into Gary Anderson in amazing form in the last TV event in Blackpool and I believe he has what it takes to beat Peter Wright who has had a patchy season.
Raymond Van Barneveld came back from the brink in his last round against Dave Chisnall which gave him some crucial ranking order of merit money and I think the Dutchman can get one over his old BDO rival Mervyn King tonight. Barney has shown his quality on stage when in the right mood and I feel that he will kick on from his morale boosting win. King has shown some quality darts of late but was a little inconsistent in his first round match. I will back Barney to win by 3 sets to 1 at 11/4 odds.
3 point – Stephen Bunting to beat Peter Wright 10/11 Various
1.25 point – Raymond Van Barneveld to beat Mervyn King 3-1 11/4 Various