Burnett v Tabern – Prince of Wales can roll back the years
Richie Burnett has experienced the ups and downs of professional darts more than most players and tonight looks like being another rollercoaster ride.
The 1995 BDO World Champion has enjoyed a very solid season, reaching the semi-final of the John McEvoy Gold Dart Classic followed by two finals at the PDC Pro Tour finals in Germany, losing to Mark Webster and Simon Whitlock respectively.
It’s a far cry from 12 months ago when he was living on benefits in his south Wales home, unable to afford entry to events. Now he is back where he belongs – on the world stage.
However, he now has a tough opening round draw against Alan Tabern to contend with. The world No.23 is priced at 4/9 to win this clash, but putting some cash on a resurgent Burnett could certainly be worth considering.
Elsewhere, Germany’s Jyhan Artut should have more than enough to see off Scott Mackenzie in a preliminary clash for the right to face Denis Ovens.
The world No.66 is 4/9 to win through to the first round and he looks well worth backing against Mackenzie.
Kevin Painter faces Brendan Dolan in tonight’s second first round game. 2004 World Darts Championship runner-up, Painter, has enjoyed a solid year and made it to the quarter-finals of the World Matchplay where he was defeated by Phil Taylor.
Everything is set up for a close game, but Painter should prove too good for Northern Ireland’s Brendan Dolan at 2/5. If you fancy trying to increase your profits though, then backing a tight affair, with Painter emerging a 3-2 winner, can be backed at 11/4.
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