Whitlock to continue surge towards second straight final
Simon Whitlock continues his quest to go one better than his runner up finish at last year’s Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship when he faces Vincent Van der Voort in the third round at Alexandra Palace.
Whitlock is the second favourite to win the overall tournament at 11/2 and is also heavily fancied in the darts betting to brush aside his Dutch opponent a 1/8.
In Whitlock’s favour is that he also triumphed in his one previous meeting with Van Der Voort, which was a 6-1 success in the quarter finals of the PDPA Players Championship last month.
Aussie Whitlock also blew away Dennis Ovens in the second round, who managed to win just two legs, and it is 2/1 in the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship betting that he progresses 4-0 in sets again.
Van der Voort is 9/2 to beat Whitlock and he must hope that his fast throwing style manages to unsettle the number four seed.
Gary Anderson was involved in arguably the match of the tournament so far in the second round against Dennis Priestley and he will be looking to reproduce another sensational three-dart average when challenging Andy Smith.
Anderson averaged well into three figures against Priestley and is 1/8 in the darts betting to beat Smith, who shocked Mervyn King in round two.
Smith has won all five previous meetings between the pair and based on this is an outstanding price at 9/2 to reach the quarter finals.
Neither player has previously reached the last eight of the event and one thing that should be expected is that a close encounter will take place.
Good value is offered that the game is taken to the maximum of seven sets, with Anderson 15/2 to secure a 4-3 victory, while it is 11/1 that the game ends in the same manner in Smith’s favour.
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