Sky Sports very own Dave Clark is here for another day to give the Paddy Power Blog his hottest tips ahead of the second round of the World Grand Prix.
These are his tips for tonight’s second round games.
I was looking at the Racing Post this morning and the headline is ‘Double-king Dolan should destroy the dodgy Dutchman’. Let me tell you that won’t be the case tonight.
Vincent is relaxed and ready. He’s had a terrible year and I wasn’t sure what was wrong with him, whether it was his game or a mental thing. I can tell you he’s had a viral infection that has ruined his practice over the last six months but he’s shaken that off now. It got so bad he collapsed after his defeat in Blackpool, he had a bad back and was in all sorts of pain but he’s seen a specialised and is sorted out. The ‘dodgy Dutchman’ will be dodgy no more.
Dolan was on such a high after beating Gary Anderson, everyone was buying him the beers and he was having a great time feeling like the king of Dublin. He’ll be in for a fall today. The History Maker is the favourite but it was a very out of sorts Gary Anderson he beat the other night. The crowd will be on Dolan’s side but don’t forget the crowd were against Van der Voort when he took on William O’Connor.
Dolan has the head-to-head advantage 2-1 but the Dutchman wins this tonight.
As a punter I like a player who gives everything. I saw Justin Pipe this morning and he was going for a jog around the golf course at the Citywest complex, he was going for a sauna, rehydrating himself, having porridge and fruit for breakfast and he is up for tonight.
In the head-to-head Pipe leads Painter 2-0 and I like the way Pipe is playing at the moment. He had an incredible couple of years on the circuit and it’s finally starting to show in the TV tournaments. He’s got his confidence there and isn’t intimidated by the TV lights. Justin is in with a massive shout tonight.
Painter whitewashed Kim Huybrechts but Huybrechts was making his debut, he wasn’t used to the double start because they don’t play that in Belgium and that got into his head. He was over thinking it and Painter took advantage.
It will be close but Pipe who put out Simon Whitlock, one of the form men on the circuit, will progress tonight.
I’ve known Taylor for 13 years and I know his make up. When he’s been beaten by anybody he holds it in the bank. He looks at them and is desperate to take them on again in another tournament. It’s not in his DNA to lose twice on the trot.
It was the UK Open that Thornton beat Taylor by a massive score line of 11-5. In that game a fan dived on the stage and Taylor fell apart because he thought he was under threat from a crazed fan. It wasn’t the case, just the guy had had a few too many beers. Now Taylor is staying outside the hotel complex, he’s relaxed and ready.
The Power averaged 100 in round one, which nobody else does in this double start tournament, as that’s like averaging 110. I like the cut of his jib and the 10-time Grand Prix champion will beat Thornton. It could be 3-0 to Taylor just because he’s on a revenge mission after the UK Open.
Nothing says Thornton can win this, it’s 10-2 to the Power in the head-to-heads and he will win by a massive score-line.
Like Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall has double trouble. It’s one thing finishing on a double but starting on a double really gets into his head.
Where Chizzy does have a massive edge is in the high-scoring. Over the best of five sets Chizzy will get more 180’s than Mervyn King. But King is starting to come back to his best. He’s a gritty performer and beat Terry Jenkins in round one. Chizzy squeezed past Winstanley whose a class operator. He’ll will get more 180’s but Mervyn could win this in a close game, probably 3-2.
Chisnall leads 4-2 in the head-to-head but the doubling causes all sorts of problems for Dave Chisnall. Mervyn King is the solid old professional and will win tonight.