The first of an antipodean triple header starts on Friday as the PDC big boys travel down under to take on the locals. These are generally the most competitive of the World Series events with players like Simon Whitlock, Kyle Anderson and Corey Cadby providing stiff opposition to the favourites. While it’s being covered by ITV4 they are not showing it live so do be aware of that. The action will be taking place on Friday and Saturday morning, prime time in Australia. The draw is as follows:
Peter Wright v Kyle Anderson
Simon Whitlock v Brendon McCausland
James Wade v Damon Heta
Gary Anderson v Corey Cadby
Rob Cross v James Bailey
Raymond van Barneveld v Haupai Puha
Daryl Gurney v Koha Kokiri
Michael van Gerwen v Ben Robb
MVG is favourite as usual and a very weak one at that based on his recent form. Unfortunately his odds now reflect that so our usual tactic of backing the field against him is a non-starter. He should get through his first match though meaning he’ll likely face Daryl Gurney next with Rob Cross waiting in the wings. With Rob Cross looking back to his best, but too short to be backable at the moment, we’ll steer clear of that side of the draw.
Corey Cadby would have been our go-to player here but understandably he’s been making slow progress since a car crash last year ruled him out of the World Series finals. Between that and visa issues he’s not made the impact that his talent deserves yet but he will and a World Championship will surely come his way when it does.
Had he been drawn against van Gerwen he would have gone further out in the winner market than the 33/1 and with the Dutchman’s form right now we’d have been all over it. However, even with the crowd on side, he will have to get the better of Gary Anderson in the first round. It’s a big ask but far from impossible, but to get past him then presumably James Wade and Peter Wright in his half is too off putting for us.
Instead then we’ll go for James Wade on this occasion. He gets a big tick for being away from Rob Cross and MVG and the most dangerous players in his section play each other – Wright v Kyle Anderson and Gary Anderson v Corey Cadby – so we’ll lose some big stumbling blocks right from the off. He’s also brilliant at withstanding the heckling and booing from a hostile crowd which he may encounter while taking on the locals. With the quarters, semis and final all taking place on Saturday his relative youth compared to some also holds him in good stead. His first match is not a gimme but he could have had a lot worse so The Machine gets our vote today.
How we placed our bet
Event: Brisbane Darts Masters
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: James Wade
Bookie: William Hill
Published on: Aug 9, 2019 @ 06:58