After the World Championships was blown wide open by Raymond Van Barneveld last night, both Phil Taylor’s nerves and his hunger will have gone up a few levels. Van Gerwen’s shock elimination means anyone could now win the Sid Waddell trophy. The third round concludes on Wednesday night.
Peter Wright vs Dave Chisnall
Two decent players whose value for the outright came in after MVG’s loss, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall know what it takes to get to a world final. Both of them have (Chizzy in 2010, Wright in 2014), but neither of them won.
Wright is yet to drop a set in the tournament, while Chisnall has had to rely on deciding legs in six of the eight he’s won so far to get to the last 16.
Both of these are power scorers, particularly Chisnall. In a long format, the over 16.5 180’s looks tempting. I can see this being another tiebreak so over 5.5 sets at is a good bet as well. With regards the win, I think Chizzy will just have enough to squeeze through at
Mark Webster vs Alan Norris
The Spider is showing signs of the form that won him the Lakeside trophy in 2008 (above). He’s not lost a set in the competition so far, including a very impressive 4-0 romp over Terry Jenkins in the last round.
He’s ranked 27 places above his opponent Alan Norris, the only debutant and unseeded player left at this stage.
Norris is a huge treble hitter, but is often let down by his doubling, as shown in his round two win over Joe Murnan, where he unnecessarily lost the fourth set.
I’m tipping a Webster win , but Norris to hit over 7.5 180′ s is good value (he’s already hit 15 in two matches). The high checkout to be over 117 for Webster at, could be worth putting in a treble too
Phil Taylor vs Jelle Klaasen
I’m putting my neck on the line and saying Phil Taylor will not get past the quarter finals.
Kevin Painter missed six set darts to take the lead against the tinkering Taylor, and could’ve led 3-0 . The Power is averaging just 94 for the tournament so far. He has to be careful of the Cobra.
Klaasen’s been the player of the season in 2015, climbing up the rankings to earn his spot at Ally Pally. He had the only ton plus average in Round 1, and a terrific battle with King in round 2, reeling in the English man from 1-0 down to win 4-2.
I think Klaasen is winning this. If he takes the first set and improves his doubling slightly. I think even if Taylor does win, he will be eliminated in the next round. He’s just not looking good enough to win title number 17. A Klaasen win , the match to go over 5.5 sets , or Klaasen +2.5 sets are the bets to take.