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  • on 16.11.2012
  • at 05:06 PM
  • by KT

Wes Newton should cover handicap against Kist

The Grand Slam of Darts continues tonight with four more matches and if we get a repeat of last night’s excitement we are in for another cracking night of darts!

We’ve previewed each match once again and tried to highlight the value where we see it…

John Part (10/11) v Brendan Dolan (10/11)

‘Darth Maple’ has been well below his best so far in the tournament, averaging just 81.45 and hitting just a single 180. That said he has seen off both Tony O’Shea (5-4) and reigning World Champion Adrian Lewis (5-2) on his way to the knockout stages.

Brendan Dolan has been averaging just shy of 89 and destroyed Paul Nicholson 5-2 in the Group F opener. He had an easy game against a struggling Barrie Bates last time out but he did play well and we fancy the Northern Irishman to just edge what should be a very close match.

  • Dolan –  10/11 (SkyBet)
  • Dolan Most 180s – 13/8 (SkyBet)
  • Dolan 10-8 – 9/1 (SkyBet)

Wes Newton (4/9) v Christian Kist (7/4)

Wes Newton has been the player of the tournament so far in our opinion. He has won all three group games, averaged 102.46 and been consistent throughout. He lost just 6 legs in the round robin stage (2nd fewest to only Michael Van Gerwen and we saw what sort of form he was in last night!) so expect fireworks if he continues to play the way he has.

*We tipped up Wes Newton to go on and win the Grand Slam following the conclusion of the groups at 14/1, given his form and the fact that was on the opposite side of the draw to Taylor/Van Gerwen. He is now just  8/1 after Phil Taylor was sent packing.

Dutchman Kist himself averaged over 90 in the groups and saw off fellow countryman Raymond Van Barneveld in a 5-4 thriller. Neither played particularly well on the night but it shows that Kist can battle when he needs to.

Even still be think Newton will have enough to knock out Kist here and even cover the handicap.

Andy Hamilton (11/10) v Gary Anderson (4/6)

The Hammer really has established himself as one of the PDC’s best players over the last 18 months and is often underestimated by the bookies. He won all three of his round robin group games (including a fantastic 5-4 v Paul Nicholson last time out), averaging 91.62 in the process.

Gary Anderson is widely regarded as one of the best scorers is the game and proved that by hitting nine 180s and averaging 95.90 in the round robin stage. The Scot does tend to miss a few doubles when put under pressure however and will need to be bang on his game against a consistent Hamilton.

This one should go right down to the wire (no pun intended) and literally could go either way but we’re backing Hamilton on the +1.5 handicap.

  • Hamilton (+1.5 legs) –  10/11 (Coral)
  • Anderson Most 180s – 4/6 (Boylesports)
  • Hamilton 10-8 - 10/1 (SkyBet)

Raymond van Barneveld (1/3) v Wesley Harms (9/4)

Barney hasn’t been at his best so far in thr Grand Slam but still somehow ended up topping the group on leg difference. He has shown glimpses of brilliance when he has been relaxed, but has been seen to lose his temper when missed a few doubles.

Fellow Dutchman Harms’ only defeat of the tournament so far came against the in-form Wes Newton and he beat Terry Jenkins 5-2 in his Grand Slam opener.

This really depends on what mood RVB turns up in to be honest and really could go wither way. So instead of picking a winner we’re siding with a bet on the Overs in the Total Leg betting as it seems to be set very low.

  • Total Legs – Over 15.5 – 4/5 (SkyBet)
  • Barneveld 10-8 –  9/1 (SkyBet)


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