The PDC World Cup of Darts comes to a close on Sunday where with a lot of events these days we have two sessions of action to round off the tournament. The quarter finals will take place in the afternoon session and then the evening will see the last four and the final competed.
Often when the singles action begins in this tournament the shocks become fewer and further between but we still lost England and Australia from the event on Saturday to leave an open look to the quarter finals. We will preview them here but time restrictions will deny us going any further so hopefully one of our two outright bets can make it through to give us an interest in the evening session.
New Zealand vs Japan
The action begins with what I think it is fair to say is the lower key quarter final of the four as New Zealand take on Japan for a place in the last four with whoever wins being one more win away from the final and spots in the Grand Slam of Darts later in the year.
With that in mind this is a huge afternoon for the four men taking to the stage and it will be interesting to see who holds their nerve. I don’t think there is much between the two sides so I’m expecting this to be tight and potentially go to the doubles. I’m already on Japan outright and that is enough interest for me in a clash which could legitimately go either way.
Scotland vs Belgium
The pick of the quarter final matches is the second one on the afternoon card as two former finalists go at it when Scotland take on Belgium. With the winners facing the successors of the first quarter final in the semis there is a huge opportunity for one of these two teams.
Once again I’m expecting a tight clash here although a potentially higher quality battle than the one which precedes it and again I would be surprised if there isn’t doubles involved before this tie is over. As with Japan, I’m on Belgium outright for the tournament so I’ll sit back and hope that they follow Japan into the semi-final and guarantee me a pay out later in the day.
Republic of Ireland vs Austria
The third game of the afternoon sees the Republic of Ireland looking to back up their fine win over England on Saturday night when they take on Austria in the penultimate quarter final of the competition.
Austria have come through the draw quite nicely, largely carried by Mensur Suljovic although oran Lerchbacher did deliver a stunning checkout when they needed it against Russia in the opening round while Ireland have looked very impressive and if there is more to come from them, or even if they are able to maintain their form from Saturday night I think they’ll be tough to beat here.
There is no doubt in my mind that Lerchbacher is the weak link of the four men and in singles and doubles play that can have a big impact. Both Steve Lennon and Willie O’Connor have been going well on the tour this year and I believe they can dump out the Austrians in this one.
Canada vs Netherlands
The last of the quarter finals is something of a David vs Goliath contest as Canada take on the defending champions Netherlands for the right to take on either Republic of Ireland or Austria in the semi-final later in the piece.
There isn’t too much dwelling over this one needed. Canada aren’t even going to force doubles here unless there is an insane amount of doubles missed by the Dutch or something quite extraordinary takes place. I don’t see it and the odds don’t suggest it will either so this isn’t really a betting proposition unless you are forming an accumulator and want to use the Dutch to bump up the outcome.
WON – Back Republic of Ireland to beat Austria for a 4/10 stake at 2.38 with Betfred
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