The last 32 of the Dutch Darts Championship takes place on Saturday with two sessions of play whittling the field down to the final 16 players who will do battle for the inaugural title on Sunday.
That means we get to see the seeded players for the first time this weekend which will make for an entertaining day of action out in Maastricht with a number of Dutch stars on show to thrill the home crowds.
The day begins with Steve West taking on Ricky Evans and with the speed they both play at they will soon be followed by Mervyn King and the BDO star Darius Labanauskas. Dave Chisnall is up third and he played the talented Rowby-John Rodriguez while Joe Cullen meets Barrie Bares to take us into the interval.
After the break the youngster Josh Payne will be looking to cause an upset when he faces Darren Webster while Gerwyn Price will look to find some form when he plays Darren Johnson. Stephen Bunting will be in the penultimate match when he faces Jeffrey de Graaf before Adrian Lewis goes up against Wayne Jones to found off the afternoon.
Max Hopp will look to entertain the crowds to begin the evening session when he takes on Ross Smith with Ian White up after them against an Arron Monk for whom you feel this is a big weekend. James Wade then meets Ritchie Edhouse before a juicy looking match takes us into the break as Daryl Gurney plays Ryan Searle.
After the break Peter Wright meets the veteran Kevin Painter who is back in a European Tour event while Michael van Gerwen follows them. He faces William O’Connor before the match of the night which is the penultimate game of the day. That is between Jonny Clayton and Kyle Anderson with Simon Whitlock and Cristo Reyes concluding the day.
I’ll go with two bets which both come over the course of the evening. Ross Smith is in decent enough form at the minute and had a good run in one of the Players Championship events in midweek while Max Hopp has just gone off the boil a little bit at just the wrong time. Smith looked good in coming through his opener on Friday and with Hopp not used to being seeded in these events it might make him feel a little bit of pressure. With that in mind I’ll take a chance on Smith in this one.
Ryan Searle is enjoying a good year and he made the final of a Players Championship event in midweek to highlight that. He had made a semi-final on the floor earlier in the season and he qualified for this tournament so he’s going well. Daryl Gurney also made a final on the floor in midweek but his form in these European Tour events can be described as patchy at best. Gurney is a worthy favourite but Searle is in decent nick and looks overpriced at 5/2 in a relatively short sprint.
WON – Back R.Smith to beat M.Hopp for a 4/10 stake at 2.38 with Unibet
Back him here:
Back R.Searle to beat D.Gurney for a 3/10 stake at 3.50 with William Hill