Rod Harrington's Day 6 Grand Slam betting tips
Tonight sees the first games of the knockout stage of this year’s William Hill Grand Slam of Darts, and there's no question that the game of day six is the match between 15-time World Champion Phil Taylor and current World Grand Prix champion Michael van Gerwen.
I feel that this game hangs on the first few legs for the young Dutchman, if he can get off to a good start then he has a chance of holding his throw and going on to tale a victory that will set him up for many years to come. However, the leg-on-leg consistency that Taylor possesses tends to wear his opponents down, and this attribute I think will just get him the win.
This game will be a close encounter with van Gerwen getting the most 180s, and at 11/10 seems to be the bet of the match. I also think it will go above the 16.5 legs, which at 5/6 looks good too, and I think the first leg checkout of over 40.5 at 10/11 should be llooked at. Taylor is a very short price at 2/5 to win the match outright.
After Tuesday’s brilliant win over Simon Whitlock, Dean Winstanley takes on the former World Youth Champion Arron Monk, and this will be a hard game for the youngster. Although he is improving with every event, I think that Winstanley’s overall game and experience will be too strong and should see him progress to the quarter-finals. Winstanley to hit the most 180's at 8/11 looks the bet of the game for me. Again he’s a short price at 4/11 to win the match, however if doubled or trebled up could be a better price.
For me the match between Mervyn King and Kevin Painter will be the closest of the night, so over 16.5 legs at 8/11 stares me in the face. It's hard to pick a winner as I can make a great case for both players. Again I like the over 40.5 first leg checkout at 10/11, the 180s I feel will go with King at 4/5 and for a real outside flutter, King to have a nine darter is 40/1.
Last match of the night sees top BDO man Scott Waites take on UK Open champion Robert Thornton, and I have to strictly go on the form of the last two games and say that Waites will edge this one, and at 4.7 is again a very short price. There is no question that if Thornton turns up as he did when beating Taylor twice this year on TV then this could be the match of the night, and perhaps at 11/8 Thornton is the value out of all the games tonight. Again a couple of fun bets are over 40.5 for the first leg at 10/11 and over 16.5 legs at 4/5.
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