The fourth day of BDO Darts World Championship on Tuesday features four matches. First seed Stephen Bunting, TV Bet’s tip to prevail in this year’s tournament, has a seemingly straightforward task in his second round tie with Darryl Fitton. Sky Bet go 2-7 about the 27-year-old seeing off Fitton, who is 11-4 with the same firm, and progressing to the next phase.
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Fitton edged out Benito Van de Pas in a closely-contested bout in the opening round, but Bunting, who has come into this tournament at the top of his game, should justify his prohibitive price and emerge victorious. The Liverpudlian trailed 2-1 at one stage in his first-round clash with Jamie Wilson, but that game will have blown away any cobwebs and he’s likely to be sharper on Tuesday.
Even shorter in the betting for their matches are Robbie Green (1-4) and Tony O’Shea (1-6) who face Scott Mitchell and Steve Douglas respectively. Fifth-seed Green dumped reigning champion Christian Kist out of the tournament on Saturday and his confidence will be sky-high, while O’Shea cruised through the first round and should have too many guns for Gillingham man Steve Douglas.
Douglas saw off Scotsman Gary Stone in the opening round, prevailing 3-1, and the 35-year-old deserves plenty of praise for reaching making the line-up for this competition, having suffered a heart attack less than a month ago. However, Sky Bet’s odds (4-1) about Douglas in the match betting are probably a fair reflection of his chance on Tuesday.
Conversely, the match between Alan Norris and Wesley Harms isn’t as clear cut according to Sky Bet – they go 11-10 and 8-11 respectively. Chuck could be a good bet; he reached the quarter-finals of last year’s renewal of the BDO World Championship and won both the Luxembourg Open and the Welsh Masters in 2012.
The 12 years younger Wesley Harms, 28, had a good 2012 himself, landing the English, French and Swiss Open’s, and he was a semi-finalist in this competition last year. However, Norris appeared to be in good form when outpointing Wayne Warren of Wales on Saturday and, though seeded a place below Sparky, he could be a surprise package this time round, so is worth supporting against the Dutchman.
Alan Norris to beat Wesley Harms – 11-10 Sky Bet
Stephen Bunting in the outright betting – advised at 11-2 (Sky Bet); now 3-1