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BDO Darts World Championship – Friday Betting Tips
After a clean sweep in round 2 – a 5/6 single and a 1.27/1 double respectively – we’re looking to start the weekend with a bang with a couple of bets from Friday’s quarter-finals.
The quarter-final stage started on Thursday night with Robbie Green setting up a semi-final with Stephen Bunting and now attentions turn to the bottom half of the draw as we find out who will make the other semi.
With the trophy now in sight, it could be a great night of arrows.
James Wilson V Alan Norris
Before the tournament started, number 2 seed James Wilson may have anticipated a meeting with last year’s winner, Scott Waites, at this stage. Instead he takes on Alan Norris, who has played some exceptional darts so far.
After dethroning the reigning champ in round 1, with a three-dart average of 93.27, the unseeded 41-year-old cruised through round 2 against 10th seed Glen Durrant. Norris now takes on an even bigger challenge in, Zuiderduin Masters champion, Wilson.
Despite being the same age, the pair have contrasting experience of the world stage. The 2013 finals signalled Wilson’s first appearance, where he lost to this year’s favourite Stephen Burling in round 1. For Norris though this is his sixth attempt of claiming the crown; he has yet to progress beyond this stage.
Both players are recording similar averages and whoever wins this will fancy their chances of reaching Sunday’s final. Despite having less experience on this stage, Wilson does boast a major whereas Norris does not and the world number 2 should have enough to win this.
If Norris performs to the same standard as he did in the previous rounds then he’ll push Wilson to the very end. However, if Wilson can establish an early lead then that may break Norris.
In a race to 5 sets, Wilson should be able to progress without need for a final set.
Bet Tip: Wilson -1.5 sets @ 8/11 with Bet 365.
Jan Dekker V Martin Adams
Dutchman Jan Dekker has done us proud so far in this tournament and we’re hoping to make it a hat-trick of betting triumphs in round 3.
The sixth seed has done well to get this far and is now just one step away from equalling his previous best, when he reached the semi-final in 2011. Dekker has eased through rounds 1 and 2, dropping just two sets and scoring relatively well but could be in for a much tougher opponent in Martin Adams.
Woflie, a three-time winner, has dropped down the rankings to 36 but showcased his talents superbly in the 3-0 whitewash of Tony O’Shea in round 1. That performance provided a platform in round 2 as the 57-year-old then defeated Scotland’s Ross Montgomery to set up this quarter-final clash with Dekker.
At 23, Dekker is potentially a future BDO champion. However, Wolfie has been here and done it before and experience may just prove the difference. Whether Adams has it in him to add a fourth world title is questionable but he certainly has the ability to mount a serious challenge.
These two are both strong BDO players and their similar performances so far in the tournament suggest it could possibly go to a deciding set. Whoever wins, it should be a close encounter.
Bet Tip: Over 7.5 sets @ 10/11 with Bet 365