The face of darts on Sky Sports Dave Clark has given the Paddy Power Blog his hottest tips ahead of tonight’s Grand Slam action. The arrows tipster has gone through the card tonight and picked out a cracking treble of outsiders.
Dave Clark’s Treble
Wayne Jones, Brendan Dolan and Wesley Harms to win: 11/1
Mark Walsh v Wayne Jones
Both players here desperate for a win and the pressure is on. They both lost their opening matches but the 6/5 is a good price for Wayne Jones. The Wanderer lost 5-1 to Christian Kist but there might have been a few nerves playing in front of his home fans. Mark Walsh was a semi-finalist last year but got whitewashed by Raymond Van Barneveld in his first game. He hasn’t quite got his confidence at the moment so 6/5 for Wayne Jones is a wonderful price.
Martin Phillips v Terry Jenkins
Terry Jenkins has the second best record in this tournament, behind only Phil Taylor. He was the runner-up in 2008 and reached the semi-finals and three quarter-finals here in the last five years. He had a bit of a blip in his first game against Wesley Harms. The Dutchman averaged 102 and was in awesome form. Martin Phillips is a little out of sorts at the minute. The Welsh left-hander is a classy darts player but Jenkins will dig in and win this match.
Paul Nicholson v Barrie Bates
Paul Nicholson shouldn’t lose this because Barrie Bates has health issues. He qualified on reaching the World Cup final two years ago alongside Mark Webster but now has arthritis in his foot and his throwing hand. His health is causing him serious problems to his game. He put on a brave display last time out but that was all it was. Nicholson will win this one very convincingly.
John Part v Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis isn’t the player he once was. He says he’s getting his practice right going in to the World Championships but he certainly hasn’t peaked yet. John Part is a three-time World Champion and was a narrow second round loser to the Jackpot last year. This one will be tight but the 4/11 on Adrian Lewis is a good bet for the champ to pinch this one.
Brendan Dolan v Andy Hamilton
What does Brendan Dolan have to do to become the favourite for matches? He is the most under-estimated player on the circuit. You look at him on the floor tournaments and every week he is so solid and so steady. 6/4 is an outstanding price for the History Maker. Andy Hamilton beat Barrie Bates 5-2 but didn’t look to classy. The Hammer is very confident of getting out of the group but 6/4 for Dolan is a great bet. He’s proving it wasn’t a blip at the Grand Prix and he is a class darts player. It could be a tight game but Dolan can easily win it.
Gary Anderson v Tony O’Shea
There will be a lot of 180s in this match. They are both heavy scorers and hit maximums for fun. The spread is 4.5 but it’s worth a bet going over that at 6/5 because they love hitting the 180s. Tony O’Shea put in a good performance in his opening game winning 5-4, but Gary Anderson was last year’s finalist and has plenty of class so can win this one. There will be a lot of legs and 5-4 could be the score to the Flying Scotsman.
Raymond Van Barneveld v Christian Kist
Barney is bang up for this one. He is determined to do a job on Christian Kist and make a statement. This will be the game of the night. Barney is looking relaxed and confident. His wife is staying with him in the hotel and that’s a steadying influence. She doesn’t let him get down and when Barney’s head is shaking that’s a bad sign. He’s been thinking about this match for days and can do the business tonight. He looked good in his first match winning 5-0 and his focus is good. A lot of people think Kist can go all the way in this competition but Barney will win this one.
Wes Newton v Wesley Harms
Wesley Harms was very impressive in his opening game and struts around like he is a five-time world champion. He is so confident. He reached the Lakeside championship semi-final and is the outsider in this one but he hit a 102 average against Jenkins and could upset the odds here. He was pure quality in his first match and 5/4 looks an outstanding price.