Two selections for the actions this evening after three winners yesterday!
Last night was another enthralling night of darts. Chisnall’s win in a thriller over Price was the best match of the evening. Nathan Aspinall continued to impress and he could be the dark horse this week. Gurney was massively disappointing and I am shocked at the manner in which he lost. The second round kicks off this evening and I have two picks.
It landed on the first night and I am surprised bookies are offering odds against on Michael Smith most 180s this evening. He took a while to get going against Simon Whitlock but when he did he was at his very best. Whitlock probably should have won that game but he didn’t close it out and Smith will feel good he won when he wasn’t at his best until the end of the game. Ian White also shouldn’t have won and was let off the hook by Joe Cullen. He only hit one 180 in the three sets compared to Michael Smith’s four. If Smith starts quicker this evening I cannot see White matching him in the 180 department.
My second tip of this evening comes in the clash between Michael Van Gerwen and Jeffrey de Zwaan. MVG survived a scare against the impressive Jamie Hughes to get through the first round. He missed chances however and doesn’t look at his best. De Zwaan breezed past Steve Beaton with ease and that should give him plenty of confidence. He plays better when his opponent is playing well so there should be more to come from him too. He is a very good scorer and solid on the doubles. We all remember when he beat Michael in the Matchplay last year and whilst there may not be an upset like that again, I think Jeffrey de Zwaan +1.5 sets at 6/4 is solid.