World Matchplay: Mighty Mike to make mincemeat out of Bunting on Monday


DARTS expert Boring Winners (@BoringWinners) smashed a full house of winners on Sunday. Here's his view on the third day action from the World Matchplay.

World Matchplay Darts | 24th July 2017 | Sky Sports

Well Sunday was a brilliant day with a clean sweep of five winners…

Monday will be a lot quieter as there is so many questions over certain players form but there are still four games in the evening session which will finalise the 2nd Round line-up.

I'm avoiding Adrian Lewis v Steve Beaton as ‘Jackpot’s’ form has been poor for the last three years and he's also coming back from some health issues, along with a baby on it's way. Lewis is the biggest raw talent in the game so if he's on form he can demolish Beaton.

Beaton has been in excellent form lately winning a Players Championship event and he went deep in this competition last year. It all depends on which Lewis shows up…

I will also be steering clear of Ian White v Rob Cross. Cross is the player on everyone's lips at the moment as he defeated Michael van Gerwen recently.

He's been performing well this year but he tends to have some shocking performances, like his 6-0 defeat to Jelle Klaasen at the end of last month and it's still to be seen if he can handle a televised performance at a major, while being the odds-on favourite. Cross will surely feel the pressure.

I really like White but he’s too inconsistent; if he brings his best he can beat anyone. So this is more of a spectacle, rather than a betting match.

Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson | Monday 19:00 | Sky Sports

I was going to steer clear of this game but I may have found a bet that warrants a small stake bet. It’s both players to hit Over 2 180s and Over 15.5 Legs at 7/10 with William Hill.

Teammates from the World Cup last month face-off in the 1st Round with both players average around the 90 mark consistently whilst also occasionally struggling on the doubles.

I see this as a match going to a tie break , which gives ample time for 180s. In his last five matches, Anderson has hit 17 180s over shorter format matches, while Whitlock has consistently hit two maximums a match in first to six legs encounters.

Neither player will want to lose this and if they do lose, they will want it to be by a short margin. Both players are considered fairly level in terms of ability at the moment and I expect a real tense and nervy affair.

Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting | Monday 21:10 | Sky Sports

When the draw was first released, this is a game I thought would be the closest to being a whitewash.

‘Mighty Mike’ won 10-0 in the 1st Round here last year and has had an extra few days to recover from Las Vegas, so he should be rearing to go. Both of these players met in a similar format last year and MVG won 10-1.

Bunting has really drifted away in the last few years. From a Premier League player a few years ago, he's now ranked 22nd in the world. He's poor under pressure situations and I think the relentless doubling from MVG will prove too much.

However, Bunting is very good on 180s. He's hit 3-5-0-2-7 180s over short format matches and I'm actually more concerned about van Gerwen not reaching three 180s but even so, I can’t ignore the 10/11 (William Hill) on both players to hit Over 2 180ss and MVG -3.5 handicap.

Best Bets

Simon Whitlock v Kyle Anderson – Both players to hit Over 2 180s and Over 15.5 Legs (7/10 William Hill)

Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting – Both players to hit Over 2 180ss and Michael van Gerwen -3.5 handicap (10/11 William Hill)

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