This competition just gets better and better every year. The standard is so high and as we wrote earlier in the piece at this stage of the competition every odds on shot will trade odds against at some time as there is so little between these players.
Adrian Lewis (4/9) loses to Barney(2/1) having had one dart at double 7 to win, such are the margins. Kim Huybrechts (4/1) takes Phil Taylor (1/7) to the final set. Its breathtaking tungsten magic and now there are just 8 left. Including our pre-tournament pick Gary Anderson.
Thursday January 1st – Starting at 7.10
Robert is in unimpeachable form at the moment and must derive a huge amount of confidence from his emphatic wins. As yet he hasn’t dropped a set. Quite an amazing record.
The problem is he hasn’t really beaten anyone that he shouldn’t have. Having said that you can only beat who they put in front of you and Robert, who is sitting inside the top 10 in the order of Merit has had his best year. However, MVG is a different kettle of fish. He seems to be a different player this year. Gone is the relentless 180’s and missed doubles and that seems to be replaced with the cool, destructive double hitting assassin. I don’t know which is better. I sometimes think that the huge scoring demoralises opponents, even if they might get within a dart of winning.
I dont think anyone can tip against Michael as he might be the best we ever see, if a certain Phil Taylor wasn’t around. So rather boringly we will go with Michael in a Quarter final day 1 double.
Our bet : MVG for 6 units -1.5 sets @ 4/11 with Sportingbet
One of our two pre-tournament picks will make it to the semis, but which one will it be. Peter Wright has got better as this tournament has progressed with his averages climbing each round. His confidence has grown and the person you see on stage now looks more like the one who wouldn’t lie down last year and made his way to the final.
Gary Anderson now looks the real deal.The only person who has beaten Gary Anderson in the last 3 years has been Gary Anderson. If he now thinks he has every right to rule the roost and really believes then he can win not just tonight but the whole title then he can. He is certainly convinving me at the moment. Yesterday Christo Reyes through a 115 average first set at him to put him 1-0 down and he dealt with it and then reeled off 4 more to win in great style. The longer format with 7 sets means you can recover an early loss or two but only if you think a loss of set against good players is going to happen and don’t stop believing in your own game. That’s how Barney got past Jackpot last night and that is what Gary will have to do to get past Snakebite. Gary is the better Dart player, Peter is the mentally stronger – who wins? The one thing that might help Anderson most is knowing that in 23 meetings he has won 13 times. He just needs to focus on that stat. He is the better player and theory says the best player wins. Nobody has told Peter Wright that though!
Our bet : 5 units win Gary Anderson @ 4/9 with Sportingbet