Dave Chisnall v Michael Smith: Smith Most 180s – 11/10
The oche action at the Winter Gardens has been hotter that the scorched earth left behind by the recent heatwave and we’ve already seen heavyweights like Michael van Gerwan and Gerwyn Price burn out far too quickly on the Blackpool stage.
Another big name will have to join those two in an early exit on Tuesday as the men raked eight and nine in the world throw down to open proceedings. Both Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith are known to take it to the max, so expect the treble 20 to take a battering in this one.
It’s 8/11 for there to be over (+11.5) 180s in the best of 21 legs contest, but with Smith outscoring Chisnall six to two in the maximums column from their first-round outings – we fancy Bully Boy to get the upper hand in the those stakes in this one at a nifty 11/10.
Daryl Gurney v Joe Cullen: Cullen to win – 5/4
What’s that we smell? An upset in the air? You bet your bottom dollar!
Cullen really couldn’t have looked much better in his 10-3 dismantling of a struggling Gerwyn Price in round one. For his part, Daryl Gurney needed extra innings and a whole pile of luck to finally get past Steve West 12-10.
Super Chin’s glamourous globetrotting in recent weeks has taken him from Las Vegas to Shanghai and now Blackpool in the space of 17 days, so that must take its toll at some stage and there were symptoms of that tiredness in his opening encounter. That’s why we’re backing a fresh Cullen on Tuesday at 5/4.
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld: Anderson (-2.5) legs – 4/5
Dillian Whyte and Joseph Parker will find it hard to match the punches we expect Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld to throw at each other.
With seven world titles between them, don’t be looking for jabs when these two square up and the roof may be in trouble of coming off in the Winter Gardens in Tuesday’s main event.
Barney took his time is dispatching Kyle Anderson on Sunday, while The Flying Scotsman had to dig in to see off a gusty Steve Bunting 10-7.
Gary Anderson will be eyeing the new Phil Taylor Trophy though, having recently returned to the winner’s circle at the UK Open and US Darts Masters. He also saw off Barney with ease the last time they met, a 4-1 victory at the World Cup of Darts, and we fancy him to round out our treble by covering the (-2.5) legs handicap at 4/5.
* All odds correct at time of posting.