Roy The Boy looks at both the Premier League Darts this Thursday and also likes Israel for the Eurovision.
Weekend form puts Thursday’s bets on ice
I’m most definitely not on my worst ever run of form and I was planning on investing my recently acquired ‘tank’ on Peter Wright to be stuffed in the Belfast leg of the Premier League this Thursday.
The World No. 2 has been woeful in the last three Thursday nights, a run of consecutive 7-1 defeats means he has lost 18 more legs than he has won.
But, just as I’m figuring out how much I can get on his next defeat and if to place a simple lay bet or go for some exotic correct score lines, he buggers off to Germany and plays his best stuff of the year.
OK, he may have squandered a 5-1 lead in the final (ultimately beaten 8-7 by Michael van Gerwen) of the European Darts Open in Leverkusen but he was awesome all weekend especially in the semi-final when beating James Wade with high averages and a 170 checkout.
I shit you not, such was the quality of his play, he looks a knockout price at even-money against Simon Whitlock this week. So it is plan B for me, Daryl Gurney with a +2.5 leg start against Rob Cross. That’s an 8/11 poke at Ladbrokes. It’s not a ‘wade in’ proposition but I’m sure this handicap bet is over-priced.
Jaysus, Eurovision is rapidly approaching again. I’ve probably subconsciously chosen to forget it having got this gameshow spectacularly wrong in recent years.
The Israeli act, Netta, is top-priced at 15/8 at Paddy’s. Look, the song is dreadful but the act is wonderfully quirky and this is the type of nonsense happy go lucky crap which can and so often does appeal to the majority of Eurovision voters.
Germany has the best song, their singer can be backed at 75/1. The Czech’s have the prettiest boy, he is 8/1. Estonia have the operatic section won but I’d lay them in the outright market all day long at 7/1. The Russian act looks like she is straight from a mail order catalogue and Ireland clearly have no wish to win the competition.
Alas, I cannot look past the favourite and I’d be amazed if she does not go odds-on during vote night. It’s a real back-to-lay angle.
Daryl Gurney (+2.5 legs) to beat Rob Cross 8/11 Ladbrokes
Israel to win Eurovision 15/8 Paddy Power