If we’re being honest the lead into tonight’s quarter-final action at the World Matchplay has been a slower build-up than The West Wing, but just like Aaron Sorkin’s masterpiece we promise it’s worth staying with it!
Four more candidates go into battle tonight, but only two places are available on the ballot paper for the semi-finals of one the sport’s traditional major tournments.
Looking ahead to the action, we’ve pulled together a darting double that could have you leaping on the couch to Chase The Sun if it lands at 9/2. Let’s tell you about it…
Mensur Suljovic to have the Highest Checkout & Lose v Daryl Gurney – 11/5
It looks like pre-tournament dark horse Daryl Gurney is starting to find his way through the pack. He’s got to this point by just pipping Benito van de Pas and world number two Gary Anderson to the post in his last two outings.
Standing in his way is Austrian maestro Mensur Suljovic, who has dispatched John Henderson and Justin Pipe with relative ease so far.
Suljovic may hold a nine-place advantage in the rankings, but we’re backing SuperChin to romp to victory tonight as he’s scored 5.16 points per game more than his opponent.
However, don’t be surprised to see Sukjovic pick off the highest out-shot later though. He may have a stranger throwing technique than Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick routine, but he’s landed a whopping 148 checkout already at the World Matchplay and we fancy him to better Gurney in that regard at least.
Under 13.5 180s between Peter Wright and Darren Webster – 5/6
After being given a right scare by the unfancied James Wilson in round one, Peter Wright wasted no time sinking his fangs into an upstart Cristo Reyes on Tuesday with an impressive 11-4 success over the Spaniard.
He may go through more hair pieces than Beyoncé has weaves, but there’s no doubting the quality the third best player in the world possesses and Snakebite should see off Darren Webster later at an odds on 1/6.
The Demolition Man already has a huge scalp to his name, taking out a former winner of this event James Wade in the opening round, so don’t expect him to go quietly later either.
While delving through the markets we reckon we’ve hit a bullseye for punters and we’re tipping less than 13.5 180s in this last eight match-up tonight.
Both players have struggled more in this tournament when it comes to the hitting the red bit than Wayne Rooney in front of goal and they haven’t even managed to hit 14 maximums between them in their four matches leading up to tonight’s clash.
* All odds correct at time of posting