The face of darts on Sky Sports Dave Clark has given the Paddy Power Blog his hottest tips ahead of tonight’s second round knock-out action in the Grand Slam. The arrows tipster has gone through the card tonight and picked out a red-hot four-fold.
Dave Clark’s four-fold
Brendan Dolan, Wes Newton, Andy Hamilton and Raymond Van Barneveld to win: 13/2
John Part v Brendan Dolan
Brendan Dolan is a terrific price at 5/6. John Part has been riding his luck a little bit, he lost to Gary Anderson 5-4 and then beat Adrian Lewis 5-4 but Jackpot was out of sorts. Part averaged 78 which for a player of his standard is just not good enough. Lewis missed 17 darts at a double so John Part is lucky to be in this position. He’s a three-time world champion and a great player but Brendan Dolan is the man here. He’s under-rated and bookies get his price wrong. People think of him as an ordinary player but he’s not, he’s a special player. The Grand Prix showed what a quality operator he is. 5/6 for Brendan Dolan is one of the best bets of the night.
Wes Newton v Christian Kist
Wes Newton can sometimes be basically ignored by bookmakers and by the public but forget that. He’s number five in the world, two-time major finalist and is well within touching distance of winning this Grand Slam. He’ll be focused and ready after winning all three group games. Christian Kist beat an out-of-sorts Raymond Van Barneveld over a short format but Kist will come unstuck here. Wes Newton performed brilliantly to top group B and is worth backing at 4/9.
Andy Hamilton v Gary Anderson
Over the short format Gary Anderson gets nervy and has double trouble despite playing really well. That was obvious in his three group games. Anderson will outscore Andy Hamilton for sure but his finishing is worrying. The true grit of Andy Hamilton will shine through. He’s a street-fighter, 2007 finalist and has a 100 per cent record in the group. He can cause an upset tonight at 6/5.
Raymond Van Barneveld v Wesley Harms
This will be a tight one. Wesley Harms is the Dutch youngster who wears gloves to come to the stage and then takes them off because it helps his hands sweat up a bit so he can release the dart earlier. The Lakeside finalist is going to struggle against the great Raymond Van Barneveld though.
Barney is still smarting about losing to the BDO champion Christian Kist and he wants to meet him later on in the competition to get revenge. The five-time world champion isn’t a brilliant price at 3/10 but he should win quite comfortably.