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180s not expected as top-seed Bunting takes to the oche

| 08.01.2014

The quarter final stages of the BDO World Darts Championship kicks off with the competition’s number one seed in action during the evening session.

Stephen Bunting, who has dropped just one set in his previous two rounds to this point, goes up against Rick Hofsta of the Netherlands priced at a heavy 1/16 to reach the semi finals for the first time in his career.

After the success our 23/1 double had in the afternoon matches, we look double up with a far shorter 180s double at around 3/1.

Robbie Green v Tony Eccles – Over 12.5 180s @ 11/10

Fourth seed Robbie Green has been targeting the lipstick to great effect so far at Lakeside, with five maximum scores racked up in his first round match against Richie George followed by four more last time out when facing Gary Robson.

His clash with Tony Eccles is therefore set to be a 180-fest, with the unseeded Englishman registering four, then three perfect three dart scores in his two matches thus far, rendering the line of 12.5 for total 180s in the match too weak to hold these two scoring brutes.

Stephen Bunting v Rick Hofstra – Under 9.5 180s @ 5/6

The night’s main event clearly comes in the form of Stephen “The Bullet” Bunting, the only man in the tournament so far to average 100 or better in a match.

However, expecting him to set the treble 20 bed alight like his warm-up act is a step too far. Bunting has totalled just five maximums at the World Championship so far and was outscored in that department by Dave Prins when he registered his ton average.

Combined with the weak scoring efforts of Rick Hofstra, who didn’t even trouble the 180 collators in his opening round and received a bye in the second, this match is a cert to fall short of the 9.5 line.

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Matt Wiggins

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