The face of darts on Sky Sports Dave Clark has given the Paddy Power Blog his hottest tips ahead of tonight’s final group action in the Grand Slam. The arrows tipster has gone through the card tonight and picked out a red-hot treble.
Dave Clark’s Treble
Tony O’Shea, Andy Hamilton and Martin Phillips to win: 5/1
Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson has already qualified after beating John Part and Tony O’Shea 5-4. Whereas Adrian Lewis is bottom of the group, with no points so far. It’s worrying for Adrian Lewis going into the World Championships. He’s got married recently and his head doesn’t seem to be on darts at the moment. He’s been touring around the country and looks a tired dart player. Rod Harrington said he looks like a man who needs some time off to recharge the batteries. Gary Anderson when the pressure is off is a free-throwing sight to behold. Adrian Lewis looks set to lose his third match on the bounce here and 4/5 for Gary Anderson is worth a bet.
Brendan Dolan v Barrie Bates
This is a must win match for Brendan Dolan. Unfortunately Barrie Bates is the whipping boy in this group. He’s got health issues with arthritis in his foot and his throwing arm. He qualified for this event because he got to the World Cup final alongside Mark Webster a couple of years ago but he hasn’t been playing well on the circuit. Brendan Dolan should win big tonight and he is rightly the 1/7 red-hot favourite.
Wesley Harms v Martin Phillips
Wesley Harms started brilliantly beating Terry Jenkins and averaging 102 but then he looked a scared darts player when he was under pressure from Wes Newton in his last match. It’s worrying that Wesley Harms is showing nerves and has to win to have any chance of qualifying from Group G. Martin Phillips reached the knock-out phase last year and is a wily old pro. He’s a Welsh bin man and is back on the bins after the tournament. He looks a great price as the 11/10 outsider for tonight’s game.
Raymond Van Barneveld v Wayne Jones
There were a few nerves on show from Barney when he lost his last game. To wrap up the match he had three shots at double tops and missed the first one by an absolute mile which is so un-Barney-like. I think if he faces Christian Kist later on in the tournament Barney will beat him. Wayne Jones will feel the full force of Barneveld tonight. The Barney that beat Mark Walsh 5-0 will be on show and should win convincingly. Barney will be back at 2/5.
John Part v Tony O’Shea
John Part beat Adrian Lewis in his last game but Jackpot missed 17 darts at a double which is unheard of. Part only averaged 78, which for a top-class darts player is very poor indeed. Tony O’Shea is in a bit of form and despite not playing very well coming into the tournament, is showing the form of the old O’Shea beating Lewis of course. It’s a must win game for both men as they try to qualify and Tony O’Shea can beat an out-of-sorts Part at 4/6.
Andy Hamilton v Paul Nicholson
Paul Nicholson lost 5-2 to Brendan Dolan and then beat Barrie Bates 5-0. Hamilton beat Bates 5-2 and then beat Dolan 5-1 so look at that Dolan result. Andy Hamilton was so convincing when he beat Dolan. That’s two wins on the spin for the Hammer and he will want to top the group. He’s very confident and has been strutting around the hotel. He’s the 2007 finalist and he should knock out Nicholson tonight at 8/11.
Wes Newton v Terry Jenkins
Wes Newton is showing his class on the circuit. He’s the world number five now and this is a real toss of the coin this match. Terry Jenkins is the outsider of the two but his steely determination might just get him through this. His record in this tournament is second to only Phil Taylor and he’s never failed to at least make the knock-out stage of the Grand Slam. He was a finalist a couple of years ago as well. Terry Jenkins can cause an upset here and the Bull can charge on to the next round with a win at evens.
Christian Kist v Mark Walsh
Christian Kist will be on an absolute high after beating Barney. They’d never met until this week and that performance will give him a real boost beating his Dutch rival. It will be a tight match though. Mark Walsh was a semi-finalist in 2011 and is a classy, stubborn darts player. Christain Kist will scrape through but it will be a tight one. Back Kist at 4/6.