Before we look ahead to tonight’s action, let’s have a brief look at what happened last night.
Belgium ace Mike de Decker topped the group beating Steve Brown 5-2. He had to win by that margin to qualify, and despite Brown putting up a brave battle, De Decker’s quality checkouts under pressure got him the win.
DE DECKER WINS THE GROUP!
Mike de Decker defeats Steve Brown 5-2, the exact scoreline he needed to take the Group 26 title!
Incredible achievement from the young Belgian! pic.twitter.com/ZLr5QvzzT4
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 12, 2020
There’s some interesting matches on the line-up tonight, with two World Champions in Steve Beaton and Scott Waites getting us underway.
Steve Beaton v Scott Waites
Steve ‘The Bronze Adonis’ Beaton finished second in Group 13, after only winning one match. He’s the narrow favourite here, with Scott Waites the outsider, but I fancy Scotty 2 Hotty for the win.
The two-time World Champion from Bradford has only lost to Dave Chisnall so far, who was playing out of his skin way back on Day 3.
A 5-3 victory is 7/2 and my bet of the day is Scott Waites to beat Steve Beaton @ EVS.
Ross Smith v Ron Meulenkamp
Smith, 31, was a BDO World Championship quarter-finalist back in 2011, and only won one match when playing on Day 4.
Dutch player Meulenkamp is a good player, heavy scoring with eight 180s last time and winning two out of three matches.
I’m going for Meulenkamp here with a combination of most 180s, highest checkout and to win the match @ 7/2.
Scott Waites v Ron Meulenkamp
Looking at the head-to-head records, Waites has won all three of their previous meetings so I’m in favour of him at 4/5. That said, 10/11 is a decent price for Meulenkamp and he will turn it into a battle.
Steve Beaton v Ross Smith
This could be the tightest match of the night, Beaton (4/6) and Smith (11/10).
Ross Smith v Scott Waites
Waites has won two of their three meetings, but Smith won the most recent one convincingly.
Ron Meulenkamp v Steve Beaton.
Meulenkamp has won the last two meetings so I’m backing him to do the business again. Beaton is favourite to win the group but I don’t think he will perform today.
Bets of the Day
- Scott Waites to beat Steve Beaton @ EVS
- Ron Muelenkamp to have the most 180s, highest checkout and to win the match v Ross Smith @ 7/2.
- Prices correct at time of first publishing