Rod's Odds - Auckland Masters preview
Rod Harrington offers his thoughts on the action in New Zealand
Gary Anderson had to come through a last leg decider here last night when Rob Modra played the game of his life to put the World champion in all sorts of trouble, however he did get the job done with a double nineteen.
The only seed to drop was Stephen Bunting when he lost to Simon Whitlock, however that game was always going to be a close call, all the other six seeds came through unscathed and now sets up some interesting quarter finals.
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
This match stands at one all after Perth and Sydney and if Barney can find the form he showed in Sydney then another win could be on the cards, he got out of the gate quick and never let Michael back in the game.
Van Gerwen is determined to win here in Auckland and that grit and determination should get him over the line here, I cannot see him letting Barney get that far infront.
Van Gerwen win.
Gary Anderson (4/7) v Adrian Lewis (5/4)
Lewis had an easy game last night and had a good rhythm to his action, he did not waist the last dart to much and this one area where he will have to keep straight, Adi has the game to win the whole thing, however the tendency to have dull patches always worries me.
Anderson may have come through a tough game , however that may help him to get in the right gear, he needs to get into Adi early and put the pressure on his last dart, I think Gary has the edge, however it is always a hard call between theses two.
To hard to call but over on legs and 180's.
James Wade v Peter Wright.
James is playing well and still his that solid all round game, he did miss a few double tops and tens last night and he will certainly have to marten up in that are.
Wright did play well for the first couple of legs in his first round match but then went off the boil, something he cannot let happen against Wade.
Wade to win a close one so over on legs.
Phil Taylor (1/7) v Simon Whitlock (4/1)
Taylor showed again why he has won the last three World series with another 100 plus average and his game looks as solid as it has ever been. we talk so often about his leg on leg pressure he puts on his opponent and that's how he wears them down, he is certainly the best at that.
Whitlock did beat Bunting quite convincingly , however Taylor is a different job and he will have to be at the top of his game to win tonight.