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Simon Whitlock vs Denis Ovens – The heat to feel the Aussie burn

| 28.12.2010

Tuesday throws up plenty of betting opportunities in the PDC World Darts Championships, and Aussie Simon Whitlock is worth taking on.

While Chelsea are disposing of Arsenal at the Emirates, Dennis ‘The Heat’ Ovens will be attempting to upset the world number four and is a 11/2 shot to beat Whitlock.

Ovens, the world number 29, dispatched Jyhan Artut with relative ease in the first round when winning 3-1, and the man from Enfield will be confident entering his match with Whitlock.

However Whitlock was very impressive when defeating Steve Evans 3-0 in the first round and it’s a sign of the market confidence that Whitlock is as short as 7/4 to beat Ovens 4-0.

Ovens has the capability to push Whitlock all the way and a 4-3 win in favour of Whitlock is 7/1, but Ovens is 8/1 to win 4-3 and he may spring a shock on the Aussie.

Wayne Jones vs Vincent Van der Voort

This is the tightest betting market of Tuesday night’s darts action and the world number 13, Wayne Jones, is taking on the world number 19, Vincent Van der Voort, for a place in the third round.

Jones is the 8/15 favourite but in eight matches between the two, has won on just three occasions and Van der Voort, who has won five of the six match-ups this year, offers incredible value at 11/8.

Both had comfortable wins in the first round so will be high in confidence, but Van der Voort holds the mental edge and can win comfortably again – Van der Voort to win 4-2 is priced at 7/1.

The rankings suggest Jones has the quality to progress and he is 8/11 to make the highest checkout, but The Wanderer will walk into trouble with Van der Voort and his tournament could come to a premature end.

A £10 double on Ovens and Van der Voort winning would return £154.30. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.