Rag2gar previews the PDC World Darts Championship Quarter Finals and his bets include Alan Norris, Adrian Lewis and over 180s in the Van Barnevald v Smith match.
Alan Norris v Jelle Klaasen
Two underdogs in the previous round, both will feel lucky to have made it to the quarter finals. Alan Norris has had a dream World Championship really and has probably ended up with the pick of the quarter final opponents as well. Klaasen was fortunate to come back from two legs down in the deciding set against Phil Taylor, although he threw some good darts to be fair. I think Norris is the bet here, as I was surprised to see 5/2. He's a good competitive darts player who can give Klaasen a game tonight and I think he's overpriced. Klaasen has played poorly at times and may underestimate Norris now that he's beaten Phil Taylor. If either of these things happen he could lose. Norris for me at the odds available.
2 pts win A. Norris to beat J. Klaasen at 5/2 with Boylesports
Raymond Van Barneveld v Michael Smith
It was nothing short of heroic, the performance Raymond Van Barneveld put in to beat Michael Van Gerwen at the height of his powers, to book his place in the quarter finals. It was one of the best matches you're ever likely to see and it had everything bar a nine darter.
I guess the big question now is will he be able to keep it going; or will there be a bounce factor after such a tremendous gruelling performance? I think they're definitely will be. That match would have taken a lot out of Van Barneveld and he faces a very hot opponent now in Michael Smith. This should be a tremendous match with a shedload of 180s. The longer it goes on the more I would fancy Barney. He plays better as the matches go on and has far more experience than the young Bullyboy Michael Smith. Hard to say which way this is going to go as it really depends what Barney turns up. Smith is more than capable of beating Van Barneveld but as we saw Tuesday night Van Barneveld is capable of anything too. I like the over 18.5 180s here.
3 pts win over 18.5 180s in the R. Van Barneveld v M. Smith game at 4/5 with Boylesports
Gary Anderson v James Wade
Again this match will be decided on which Gary Anderson turns up. If he plays like he did against Van der Voort in the last round then there's only one winner. He was red hot that day. Looked absolutely superb. His doubles looked clean, his scoring was very good and he looked, quite frankly, like a world champion.
However if Anderson plays like he did in the second round against Gurney he is going out; no two ways about it. Wade is one of the best finishers in the game and any wobbles from Anderson will definitely be punished. At the prices I think Wade is the better value but for me it's a no bet.
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright
I think Lewis is a nice bet at 4/5 here. He showed signs of his brilliant best in the previous round against Mensur Suljovic. Suljovic used to be mediocre opposition, but has had a much better year in 2015 and is now a formidable opponent, so to blow him away in the manner that Lewis did must inspire confidence.
Adrian Lewis is very much a form player and when he gets in a flow he can throw some fantastic darts. This was no more evidenced than in his first World Championship win here five years ago. There's no doubt that Lewis can be a World Champion once again, but tonight may just be the most important match of the lot if he's to become a three time champ.
Peter Wright battled brilliantly throughout his match against Chisnall in which he was always behind, but never looked beaten. He is one of the toughest opponents on the circuit, but if Lewis clicks into top gear he's a class apart. The winner will be decided on whether Lewis can hit his top for or not. I think he will.
4 pts win A. Lewis to beat P. Wright at 4/5 with Coral