No surprises – Whitlock and Anderson should progress easily
It’s been a mixed couple of months for Simon Whitlock – but he should still have more than enough to see off Steve Evens this evening.
The Australian lost all three games at the Daily Mirror Grand Slam of Darts last month, finishing bottom of his group.
However at the World Cup of Darts just a few weeks later, Whitlock and partner Paul Nicholson made it to the semi-final, with the former winning both of his singles games against the Welsh duo of Barrie Bates and Mark Webster.
The Welsh pair emerged victorious in a sudden death play-off though, so Whitlock will be looking to exact some sort of revenge against Welshman Steve Evans this evening and he should comfortably come out on top this time.
Backing the Australian world No. 4 to triumph at 1/16 won’t be the most tempting bet you’ll ever see, so back Whitlock to produce a 3-0 whitewash at 4/7 to inject a bit more cash into your pocket.
The final game of the session sees Gary Anderson take on the winner of the preliminary match between Matt Padgett and Japanese qualifier Morihiro Hashimoto.
In reality though, whoever he has to face, he should coast through. The Scot is ranked 11 in the world and shouldn’t break a sweat in making it to the second round.
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