It’s Day 32 of the PDC Home Tour, can you believe it! We’ve got the final round robin stage this evening and it will be knockout from here on in.
Here’s a quick reflection on what happened yesterday. Yorkshire’s Joe Cullen averaged 106 on the night and it was really good performance from him to top the group. He keeps promising a lot, but the world number 17 seldom delivers on TV.
Cullen had a 5-3 win over Gerwyn Price, but Price admitted afterwards that he hadn’t been practising very hard and that he had has been concentrating on his DIY and gardening. It showed because his darts are rubbish right now.
Anyways, on to tonight’s action.
We got some big names in today, and none bigger than current world champion Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright – who is a heavy 1/8 favourite against Adam Hunt. Wright is also favourite at 8/11 to win the group and I reckon he will do that quite comfortably.
He was disappointed to be a runner up in the group last time he played, winning two out of his of three matches. He is the superior player in his opening contest though and should win by a wide margin.
Hunt, a 26-year-old from north-east England, is on the up though and has a couple of wins on the challenge tour, which isn’t easy. But, I’m expecting Wright to kick off in style with a 5-2 win at 12/5.
‘The Polish Eagle’ Krzysztof Ratajski (4/9) takes on Justin Pipe (13/8) in our second tie on the night and looking at the head-to-head record you’ll notice Pipe has never lost to the Ratajski in their three meetings.
Pipe looked a certainty to qualify last time only for Glen Durrant to beat him so I’m favouring Pipe here for victory. He may be the underdog in this one, but this is a tight match. Ratajski is a decent player, however, I’m going to side with Pipe 5-4 at 11/2.
Justin Pipe stays on in the third game of the evening to take on Adam Hunt. Hunt is no mug and finished runner up in his last group.
Pipe is the betting favourite, but I believe Hunt could upset the odds. He is making waves on the circuit winning away from the main stage, so take Hunt to win 5-3 at 17/2.
Peter Wright (1/2) against Krzysztof Ratajski (6/4) is the biggest match of the night on paper and these two run into each other loads on the circuit. Ratajski has only ever beaten Wright once, but he is a very good player and will push Wright hard. ‘Snakebite’ will have to pull out all the stops, so I’m going with Wright to have the most 180s, highest checkout and to win at 5/2.
The Pole is a heavy scorer and always hungry to win, so I’m backing Ratajski to have the most 180s, highest checkout and to win at 3/1. This also is my bet of the day!
To round off the day, veterans Peter Wright and Justin Pipe face off. I’m expecting Wright to make it three wins out of three to close the show. He has consistency, class and has managed to win two-thirds of his games against Pipe as the head-to-head reads 10 out of 15 in favour of Wright. Pipe’s pace could impact Wright, but it won’t drag him down. Finish off your bets with a 5-3 win for Wright at 7/2.
- Wright to have the most 180s, highest checkout and to win against Ratajski at 15/8
- Ratajski to have the most 180s, highest checkout and to win is against Hunt at 21/10
- Peter Wright to beat Justin Pipe 5-3 at 7/2
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* All odds correct at time of posting and are subject to change.