Players Championship Finals: MvG, Van der Voort vie in 2nd round
Holly Thackeray | November 27, 2015
Second round afternoon and evening sessions
- Players Championship Finals
- Saturday, November 28th
- Second round afternoon session begins: 12:45-17:00 GMT
- Second round evening sessions begins: 19:00-22:00 GMT
- Butlins, Minehead, Somerset
- Live on ITV4
Second day of darts brings superstar scuffles galore
Minehead is the stage for a superb set of second round fixtures from the Players Championship Finals, which got off to a sensational start on Friday, with spades of PDC shocks and sublime performances.
Across Saturday the second day promises two scintillating sessions, one in the afternoon and the other in the evening, so Coral compile a preview of the tastiest bets across this enthralling darting event…
Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
While starlet Smith may be flavour of the week, with an odds-on price of 8/13 to match, Suljovic has been a surprise package recently following a late career surge. Serbia-born The Gentle made a swashbuckling start in Somerset, as he saw off Mervyn King 6-1 with ease. It’ll be a much tougher battle against Bully Boy, but back Suljovic at 13/10 to cement a spot in the quarter-finals.
James Wade v Benito van de Pas
Young Dutchman Van de Pas has already proven a threat by beating a sluggish Stephen Bunting in a 6-4 shocker, so could be worth a dark horse punt at 9/4 to see off The Machine, who looked menacing in moments against Mark Webster.
Yet, Big Ben previously exited the World Championship in the last 16 and could repeat that again here, with Wade’s pedigree perhaps meaning a quarters place is a step too far for the fledgling thrower at the moment. The Englishman (1/3 favourite) has, of course, beaten the oche prodigy three times to nil before.
Adrian Lewis v Alan Norris
This could be an intriguing encounter, with Norris somewhat of an unknown quantity on the scene, having only recently switched to the PDC, but has illustrated his quality already by beating Terry Jenkins 6-3 in his opener.
Punters can back this former BDO star and current underdog at 5/2, after Lewis emerged victorious despite a mixed bag of a battle with John Henderson, against whom he almost slipped up. Should Jackpot take to the oche and finish to the best of his ability, however, it’s tough to look past a 3/10 triumph for the English hope.
Dave Chisnall v Jamie Lewis
Chizzy could not have asked for a better beginning to this competition after whitewashing Joe Murnan, but will face a different type of test in young upstart Lewis, with a possible Van Gerwen match-up the winner’s prize.
Chisnall is the obvious odds-on 1/3 favourite, but his Welsh opponent Rasta reached new heights by holding on and proving a thorn in World Grand Prix champion Robert Thornton’s side to reach this stage. Chizzy can of course be inconsistent and, if he is on the night, Lewis (9/4 for successive shocks) will lunge.
Michael van Gerwen v Vincent van der Voort
Mighty Mike (1/9) was given a real run for his money by up-and-comer Keegan Brown, and will have to find match focus and quick thinking when facing fast thrower The Dutch Destroyer, though the latter has lost seven straight games to Van Gerwen so is a clear outsider at odds of 11/2.
Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney
Having held his nerve in a final leg decider to beat tournament second favourite Taylor, in a cracking clash full of high quality finishing, The Flying Scotsman will be warmed up sufficiently to relish a second round scuffle against Gurney, who himself pulled out a surprise by sinking Kim Huybrechts.
It doesn’t get much tougher than taking out The Power, so Anderson is understandably 1/7 to defeat Dude (9/2), and now 9/2 to retain the title, though further up the road Wade may be waiting in the wings.
Ian White v Gerwyn Price
The ante will have to be upped by White (odds-on at 4/7), then, if he is to progress past emerging oche talent The Iceman, who out-classed Jelle Klaasen and is a princely punt at 11/8 to coolly book a quarters slot.
Peter Wright v Simon Whitlock
Of course, darts competitions like these always have the capacity to shock, but Wright should have enough in his oche locker to beat Whitlock and set up another potential meeting with familiar final day foe Adrian Lewis.
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Coral’s top tip: Back impressive Price at 11/8 to push past White.