Devon Petersen v Steve West27/12/2018 12:45
Dimitri van den Bergh v Luke Humphries01/01/1970 01:00
Michael Smith v John Henderson27/12/2018 15:15
|Smith win+ both win a set|
Devon Petersen continues to surprise me, with that brilliant comeback against Ian White in his last match. It goes down as one of the best comebacks I have seen this tournament after Ian White won the first two sets throwing incredible darts.
The mindset to stay in that match after losing the first two sets so emphatically shows the strong character of Devon Petersen, and I think he will bring another cracker of a game today.
I would say, Steve West is the better player in this matchup, but I struggle to write off Petersen after his performances this tournament. I think he has it in him to win at least two sets in this match while potentially causing another upset. But, either way, I see both players winning at least two sets to win this leg.
A braver man would back Luke Humphries win and both players win a set at 2/1. I see real value in that bet, but I struggle to look past “Dancing Dimitri”. Although his dancing on the stage tends to make me cringe, his darting talent is undeniable.
The kid has such a bright future in this sport, and this is the tournament that could make him a star. Dimitri has dropped just one set this tournament while losing just nine legs. He averaged 104.45 in his last win against a very capable Johnny Clayton while hitting 8 maximums.
This match has the potential to go the distance, with a very impressive Luke Humphries throwing some brilliant darts this tournament. Luke has also dropped just one set this tournament while hitting seven 180s in his win against Bunting in his last match.
Both these players will likely bounce off each others ability, and I expect a high scoring match with plenty of 180s from both. 13 180s seems like a low amount if both players perform to their high potentials, and I do not see Dimitri running away with this match. It should be quite long, and hopefully entertaining with plenty of maximums.
I can see Micael Smith winning this match, but John Henderson is no player to write off. He has one of the highest checkout percentages of the tournament with a 61.9% in his close win against Gabriel Clemens.
Similarly, Smith has a high checkout % but he is also a heavy, heavy scorer. I am hoping Henderson is able to keep up with Michaels, big scoring and he should be able to win a set or two.
John has been averaging well this tournament with a 95.17 in his last match hitting 5 180s, 20 140’s+ and 56 100s+ scores. This scoring should be enough to make a good game of this, but I ultimately see Smith winning.