Thursday Night PDC World Championship Tips – JP
Thursday Night PDC World Championship Tips
Our Thursday afternoon wagers didn’t do too badly. Callan Rydz won 4-1, landing our -2.5 sets bet at odds of 2.20. Unfortunately, Soots scuppered our 4-0 flutter by nicking the opening set. Raymond Smith looked like cruising to victory but he lost his nerve, and the match. Dobey and Humphries served up a quality affair and landed our over 5.5 sets bet easily. Here is hoping for more of the same at this evening’s session. Check out James’ Thursday Night PDC World Championship tips below.
James Wade vs. Martijn Kleermaker
Not many people would have had Kleermaker to be top Dutch player in the tournament but here he is, the last Dutch player still standing.
There is no H2H form to go on, but James Wade is the 1.34 favourite and Kleermaker 3.60. James Wade won his second round match against another Dutchman, Maik Kuivenhoven, 3-1 but only averaged 83.7. Wade then got a bye after Vincent van der Voort failed a Covid test. That means his last match was 11 days ago.
Wade has won seven of his last ten but showed a marked lack of consistency averaging anything from 111 to 82. His main strength is his check out performances and they have generally been good. His seasonal checkout rate is 44.95, the top ranked player in that department in 2021.
Kleermaker In Dreamland
Kleermaker must be in dreamland. He came into the tournament with three wins from his previous ten matches but here he is in the fourth round. The Dutch dartist hasn’t impressed as his first two opponents played poorly and in the last round, Joe Cullen never got going until he was 0-3 down. He very nearly pulled off the big comeback, but it was just too much and Kleermaker fell over the line. He is only averaging 89.6 and his poor pre-tournament has not improved.
Wade is expected to win this and so long as he doesn’t put in one of his very poor performances, he will. He makes no appeal at 1.34, however. Wade has played six fourth round matches here and won five. Three were 4-0, one 4-1 and the other 4-3. The 4-3 was against Michael Smith. Against a very modest opponent, Wade should win with something in hand.
Thursday Night PDC World Championship Tips: 1 point Wade to win -2.5 sets @ 2.63 with Betfair, Unibet
Rob Cross vs. Gary Anderson
Rob Cross had to be at his very best to beat Daryl Gurney 4-3. Both players averaged 99 and it was a proper test of his mettle and he passed. Cross has won seven of his last ten matches and won one of his two world championship last 16 matches.
Gary Anderson landed us a nice winner by coming from 0-3 to beat Ian White 4-3 last night. It was a classic performance by White, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and you could see it coming as soon as Anderson got his first set on the board. Gary’s problem is that Cross will not fold like a cheap suit.
Below Par Scotsman
Anderson has not been anywhere near his best so far, averaging 92 across his two matches and losing four sets. His scoring in his last five matches has been poor but we saw what he can do with ton plus averages against Barney and MVG in the Grand Slam. He needs to find that level of form tonight. Gary has played 11 last 16 round matches and won 8.
The H2H stats show a 12-2 advantage to Anderson and in 2021 it is 2-1, so Cross is no shoo in here. Anderson needs to find his best form, but this is the business end now and I expect a better performance from the off tonight.
Cross is the 1.54 favourite, despite that H2H record. They have never met at Ally Pally, but this is Anderson’s home turf. Cross has lifted the trophy himself here but since then he hasn’t made such a big mark.
Thursday Night PDC World Championship Tips: 1 point Gary Anderson to win @ 2.62 with BET365
Peter Wright vs. Ryan Searle
A repeat of the Player’s Championship final which Wright won 11-10. Their overall H2H record is 7-2 to Wright and in 2021 it is 2-1 to Wright. However, all three of their matches in 2021 required a deciding leg. That tells you that the two players are very closely matched. Much closer than the raw H2H stats suggest and closer than the bookies think.
Wright is the 1.45 favourite which looks on the short side and there is more value in Searle at 2.90. Searle is still improving, especially on the big stage and he belongs at the business end of big tournaments these days. Wright averaged 102 when beating Damon Heta 4-2 in the last round but he was playing with fire and some new darts early on, went 0-2 down before switching back to his winning darts which did the trick. He has said that he may well play with a different set tonight.
Wright appeared to be very, as Private Eye might say, tired and emotional after that match and I do wonder if being 3 sheets to the wind is the way to go these days. Teetotal Searle might have difficulty with his eyesight, but at least he will only be seeing the one board.
Thursday Night PDC World Championship Tips: 1 point Ryan Searle to win @ 2.90 with Unibet
That is it for 2021 so best wishes for a profitable 2022. Back on the 1st for the quarter finals.