Three selections as well as a double for the second day of action at the Alexandra Palace.
William O'Connor v Niels Zonneveld
William O’Connor has proved he can mix it with the very best. Were it not for a miscount against Gerwyn Price in this tournament last year, he would more than likely have beaten the Welshman. In the Premier League he only just lost to Michael Van Gerwen, averaging 95 in defeat. He’s had a good year since darts resumed, with some big averages in the Players Championship. In the Finals, he averaged 102.85 but somehow managed to lose to a sensational Dirk van Duijvenbode. Whilst Niels Zonneveld is indeed a rising stock in the world of darts, I think O’Connor will be too good for him here and I'm happy to take the 4/6.
I’ll also have a bet on O’Connor most 180s. His scoring power is a crucial part of his game and can make it show over the course of the game. Both players are good 180 hitters, and are pretty hard to split in that department. I was surprised, therefore, to see O’Connor available at 13/8 to hit the most 180s, with Zonneveld odds-on. I’d have them both the same price.
Adam Hunt v Lisa Ashton
In the Grand Slam, Adam hunt showed his ability, and he was unlucky not to beat Joe Cullen, before beating Gabriel Clemens with a 95 average. Lisa Ashton’s highest average during the Grand Slam was 87 in comparison. Over this longer set format, Hunt should be able to cope with what Ashton has to throw at him. The fact there is no crowd will also massively help Hunt here. He won’t have to deal with any booing or jeering on his throw, as players have experienced against Ashton, Fallon and Suzuki. The 10/11 on Hunt -1.5 is the play here.