Darts Betting: World Matchplay - Day Six Tips


Andy Hamilton v Mark Webster

Andy Hamilton was forced to dig deep in order to see off Brendan Dolan in his first round match, while Mark Webster was a much more comfortable victor over Colin Lloyd after taking an early, and ultimately pivotal, lead.

Sitting side by side in the PDC Order of Merit, at numbers eight and nine, it is no surprise to see bookmakers unable to separate the pair in the betting. However, the head-to-head record presents a much clearer outlook.

Of the eight meetings over the past two years Hamilton has won six with Webster only twice coming out on top; although the Welshman won the only other time that they have crossed paths on our television screens. The Hammer continues to go from strength to strength and his fondness for the Winter Gardens, coupled with that sizeable head-to-head advantage, makes him the selection at odds of 1.80 here.

Wes Newton v Justin Pipe

There were fireworks the last time that these two players met in a major event, with Wes Newton becoming visibly frustrated at the pace of Justin Pipe’s game. The Warrior has since publically expressed regret at his own attitude on that occasion and subsequent wins over Pipe on the ProTour suggest that he has now learned from the experience.

In a twist of fate, the pair met at this stage of last year’s World Matchplay, and it was Newton that came out on top with a comfortable 13-8 victory on that occasion. Although this one could be slightly closer I still expect the world number five to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Both played well in their respective first round matches but it was Newton who was posed the more serious questions, and ultimately he who came up with the more answers. Odds of 1.60 on a Newton win are nothing to get too excited about, but there’s certainly no reason to oppose him with the 2.30 available on a Pipe win.

Phil Taylor v Ian White

The Power was forced to dig deep in his first round match against Mervyn King. But Phil Taylor did what Phil Taylor so often does and managed to win the crucial legs and get over the line, despite being somewhat below his best.

Ian White, meanwhile, enjoyed a dream debut at the Winter Gardens as he produced a 95.40 three-dart average to defeat Vincent van der Voort by a commanding 10-5 scoreline.

Although White will be the happier of the two going into the match, the gulf in class means that the possibility of an upset is extremely slim and odds of 1.07 on a Taylor win are impossible to argue with.

Dean Winstanley v Ronnie Baxter

Dean Winstanley beat Gary Anderson in an epic first round encounter to book his place in the second round, but there’s a danger of this turning into the show after the Lord mayor’s for the Yorkshire flinger. Ronnie Baxter, meanwhile, turned back the clock to shrug off one of the game’s form players in the first round, proving that he can still mix it with the best.

With Winstanley having only recently moved over from the BDO, there is no head-to-head comparisons to go off, but my fear for Over The Top would be the amount of mental energy expended in that victory over Anderson. Baxter has regularly ventured to the latter stages of major PDC tournaments, while Winstanley is still cutting his cloth in front of the big, raucous crowds.

Although I expect Winstanley to be a major force in the PDC for years to come, Baxter has the experience to see this one through and looks a very good bet at odds of 1.90.

Suggested Bets:
Hamilton to beat Webster @ 1.80
Baxter to beat Winstanley @ 1.90