Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
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BDO World Championship Betting Preview – 2nd Round
The BDO World Championship is in full swing and a number of first round casualties (including our tournament tip of Tony O’Shea; yes, we’re gutted too) has left the tournament wide open.
Favourite Stephen Bunting remains on course to claim his first world title as reigning champ Scott Waites joins O’Shea and four other seeds in dropping out of the competition at the opening stage. However, a number of other players will have something to say about that and there’s a lot of darts to be played between now and Sunday.
It’s really starting to heat up now. Game on!
Martin Atkins V Rick Hofstra
Both these two eliminated seeded players in round 1 with equally convincing 3-0 whitewashes and will respectively be hopeful of making it to the quarter-final against, presumably, the tournament favourite Stephen Bunting.
In an all Dutch encounter, Hofstra impressed against 9th seed Ramco van Eijden with a three-dart average of 90.78 (the 6th highest score posted in round 1) and progressed to the second round for the first time in his career.
The 36-year-old hasn’t even qualified for this event since 2005, but the long wait will seem worth it if he can go one step further and reach the last eight.
As for Englishman Atkins, his place in round 2 was secured via a 3-0 triumph over an uninspired Jeffrey de Graaf. The Assassin was hardly explosive but then he didn’t need to be as he eased through to this encounter with Hofstra.
Atkins reached the quarter-final in 2012, but has fallen at either the first or second hurdle in each of his other eight visits to Frimley Green. If he plays to the standard as round 1, then he’ll be making a quick exit again here.
It’s a tough one to call, but I think the slight advantage has to be with the Dutchman.
Hofstra to win @5/6 with Paddy Power.
Round 2 Double Bet[quote_right]Fancy a bet on the darts? Grab a £50 free bet now with Paddy Power[/quote_right]Our round 1 double lost on leg 1 before Jan Dekker successfully saw off the challenge of countryman van de Pas, and we’re backing the Dutchman to reach the quarter-finals by beating Geert De Vos.
These two posted similar three-dart averages in round 1 but we fancy the Dutchman to beat his Belgian opponent to reach a second successive quarter-final. The 23-year old lost to Richie George at that stage last year and also has a semi-final appearance to his name back in 2011 so knows what it takes to progress from round 2 whereas 11th seed De Vos has fallen at this stage in both of his previous Lakeside appearances.
Robbie Green’s 94.29 average was the third best of all 32 players in round 1 and was enough to help him ease to a comfortable 3-0 victory over last year’s semi-finalist Richie George.
Ranked number 3, many expect Green to do well in this tournament and if he continues that level of performance then Gary Robson could be in for a tough time in round 2.
Robson has reached progressed beyond this point three times in 12 attempts. Unfortunately, I cannot see that being extended to four.
Double Selection: Green & Dekker both to win @1.27/1 Paddy Power