Saturday, 12 May 2018

Dutch Darts Masters - Sunday’s Play

Krzysztof Ratajski


The business end of proceedings in Zwolle on the European Tour with the final days play featuring the last 16 matches on the afternoon session starting at 12pm UK time and the quarter-finals through to the final from 6:15pm.

Four times defending Champion Michael van Gerwen cruised through on Saturday night with a 6-0 whitewash over Terry Jenkins and is now best priced 4/7 for an incredible fifth consecutive Dutch Darts Masters title.

Our ante-post each-way selection Peter Wright advanced safely beating James Wilson 6-2 and is now clear second favourite at 5/1.

Daryl Gurney is Michael van Gerwen’s main rival at 11/1 from the bottom half whilst the winner of Mensur Suljovic 14/1 and Simon Whitlock appears to be the chief threats to Peter Wright’s charge to the final in the top half of the draw.  Snakebites third round opponent incidentally Gerwyn Price comes next at 33/1 and must be respected before looking too far ahead to the evening session.

The afternoon session I see three games that stand out from a betting perspective.

1pm: Jermaine Wattimena v Kim Huybrechts

Belgian ace, Kim Huybrechts, played out a solid 6-2 victory over Wayne Jones, whilst, Jermaine Wattimena, upset the seventh seed Joe Cullen, and as outsider again I don’t see the improving Dutch player going down without a fight.

Wattimena still harbours very realistic hopes to make his debut at the World Matchplay in July whilst Kim Huybrechts will never give up should he fall behind.

This has all the ingredients for a play on the TOTAL LEGS, where Over 9.5 can be backed at Evs with Sportingbet or 10/11 General in this best of 11 contest for 6-4 or 6-5 score either way to collect.

2pm: Stephen Bunting v Krzysztof Ratajski 

Two very accomplished performances in round two as Stephen Bunting stunned the bang in-form Michael Smith whilst Ratajski saw off Jelle Klaasen 6-2 impressively.

Micheal Smith has been struggling with fitness prior to his premier league match on Thursday so the 6-0 may have flattered Bunting in that one.  I have been really impressed with Ratajski who has a pro tour title to his name this season and is one of the most 
improved players in the World over the past 12 months.

I’m siding with the underdog who looks big at 6/4 General and can see him putting Bunting to the sword. 

3pm: Kyle Anderson v Cameron Menzies

Two players that caused upsets on Saturday as Kyle Anderson beat the In-form Ian White 6-3 and Cameron Menzies dumped out Dave Chisnal 6-4.

Kyle Anderson is the star player in this match-up and I don’t see Menzies keeping this close.
I feel he will struggle to back up the Chizzy win and Kyle Anderson who is 8/15 for the victory is far better value to cover the -1.5 leg Handicap at 5/6 General for a 6-4 scoreline or greater margin win.

Recommendations 

Jermaine Wattimena v Kim Huybrechts - Total Legs Over 9.5 @ Evs Sportingbet or 10/11 General.

Krzysztof Ratajski to beat Stephen Bunting @ 6/4 General.

Kyle Anderson -1.5 Handicap the beat Cameron Menzies @ 5/6 General.