Monday sees PDC Home Tour Group 7 in action and Nathan Aspinall should have a good day. But first, let’s take a look back at yesterday’s drama. Joe Cullen made it through to the semi-finals but didn’t have it all his own way, as I suggested he might not.
Cullen has just moved into a new house and, in his own words, is living in a bomb site. He hadn’t practised in two weeks but revealed he has been running 5km every day to stay fit – and it seemed to pay off as he went on to win the group. It was a disappointing 30th birthday for Chris Dobey who only won one of his three matches – perhaps he was celebrating too hard!
Aspinall is warm favourite to progress from the group with the Noguera the outsider of the four players in action. Aspinall has won 6 of the 6 games in this competition so far and the Englishman is red-hot favourite over Noguera. I think Aspinall to have the most 180s, highest checkout and to win the match is a good shout.
What can I say about De Sousa? World number 59, he has dropped just one leg in his three matches in qualifying. He hopes to be as famous as Cristiano Ronaldo in the darts world and has been playing out of his skin, averaging 104 overall and 110.51 in his last match. I’m expecting a good performance from him so like a 6 – 3 victory to De Sousa.
De Sousa has won both times these have played. The Spaniard is the rank outsider here so I’m going for a De Sousa win 6-2.
Aspinall loves the format and is the superior player here. Hughes has put up a decent fight every time they have played so expect over 9.5 legs in this one, but a 6 – 4 victory to Aspinall @.
Hughes has won all 3 games to qualify so expect a decent performance here but Noguera is not the best player in action tonight. Hughes to have the most 180s, highest checkout and win the match.
The final match of the night and could be the decider in the end, De Sousa’s form is incredible but Aspinall is a far superior player, I believe. So, I’m going for a 6 – 3 victory to Aspinall.
Dave Clark’s darts tip summary:
7.35pm Nathan Aspinall v Jesus Noguera; Aspinall to have the most 180s, highest checkout and to win the match @ 8/5
8.05pm Jamie Hughes v Jose De Sousa; De Sousa to win 6-3
8.35pm Jesus Noguera v Jose De Sousa; De Sousa to win 6-2
9.05pm Nathan Aspinall v Jamie Hughes; Aspinall to win 6-4
9.35pm Jamie Hughes v Jesus Noguera; Hughes to have the most 180s, highest checkout and win the match
10.05pm Jose De Sousa v Nathan Aspinall; Aspinall to win 6-3
Bets of the night
1 – Nathan Aspinall to win the group and beat De Sousa 6 – 3 in the final match.
2 – Jamie Hughes to win the match, have the most 180s and the highest checkout against Jesus Noguera 13/5
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