Another week of action in the Icons of Darts competition that is being brought to us by the team at Modus Darts concludes on Saturday, with the second pool of players taking to their home oches for the third and final time this week.
This competition has been one of the best around for the seven weeks we have been in lockdown so far and with the calibre of player on show on Saturday, we would be foolish to think that we are going to get anything other than a good day of darts.
Each day from Monday to Saturday seven players will battle it out for a daily title. There are two pools of players, one which plays on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the other which toe the oche on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each day the seven players will play each other once over the best of seven legs with two points for a win. The daily winner is the player with the most points. If players are level on points it is determined on leg difference and then the record between the two. The entire event can be watched on various bookmaker websites, dartshop.tv or the Modus YouTube channel.
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It was a quite incredible day of darts on Friday where 100+ averages were the norm with a high of over 115 at one point. The standard clearly went up a notch and it was Ritchie Edhouse who triumphed for the second time this week and did so with six wins from his six matches. It was actually Boris Koltsov who was responsible for a number of the 100+ averages but he could only win four of his six games to come second with Jarred Cole and Fallon Sherrock third and fourth with three wins. Scott Marsh and Mike Warburton ended their week with a couple of wins while Jose Justicia could only land one victory to end his week.
We ended this pool of players with a profitable day as one of the two wins Scott Marsh picked up on the day was over Jarred Cole. He overcame him in a deciding leg having recovered from a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3. Some of the profit was taken away by Marsh not being able to win the group but after a couple of days of struggle with these players we’ll take the profit.
Saturday Line Up
We are back with the world champion loaded group on Saturday where one of them, Scott Mitchell, will be looking to win the group for the second time in succession after his triumph on Thursday. He edged out Martin Adams for that victory and Wolfie is back looking to go one better than he managed on that occasion. Mark Webster is the third of the previous world champions on show. He’ll be out to offer more than he has so far this week.
The beauty about this group is that it is far from all about those three players. Indeed, Andy Jenkins was the first winner of the week and he will look to do what Ritchie Edhouse did in the other pool by picking up a second win. Jason Askew is the man expected to win this group but he’s been expensive to follow recently. The other two players on show are Darryl Fitton and Keelan Kay, both of whom have been largely disappointing this week.
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Andy Jenkins cost us a few quid on Thursday but we are still up by backing him for the week and I’m going to finish off by backing him again because although he only won two of his four matches on Thursday, there was enough to suggest that the 9/2 on him for Saturday’s action is just too big. Of those four losses, only the daily champion beat Jenkins easier than 4-3. Jenkins lost three deciding legs all of which came against the throw so if he can perform better when bulling up and have the throw more here he will naturally win more matches.
Jason Askew is once again the favourite to land the goods on Saturday but he’s failed twice so far this week, and although he was improved on Thursday, he’s getting expensive to follow. Martin Adams just seems to have a bad result somewhere which kills his leg difference so I’ll rule him out while I’m not interested in Fitton, Kay or Webster. I always respect Scott Mitchell towards the end of a week but runs against the throw that Jenkins had on Thursday can sometimes warp performances. Bookmakers might be writing him off too soon but I’m not. He’s my Saturday selection.
I’ll round off the week with just one in the match betting front as well. Martin Adams has been good for us so far this week delivering the goods in the two bets we’ve taken him in so far and I’m going to side with him again. I will take him to beat Darryl Fitton in a match which comes along pretty late in the day so could well be important for the three-time world champion. It is the last game of the week for Fitton so could have little riding on it for him.
These two have obviously met twice this week so far and Adams has won 4-0 on both occasions. Not only has he won but he has restricted Fitton to just two days at a double in both matches. Given that in those games Fitton averaged 71.42 and 70.48 without a raft of missed doubles bringing his average down, there have to be concerns over his ability to handle Wolfie. Their 8-3 competitive record in Adams’ favour also suggests that the ‘Dazzler’ just hates playing Adams. Even if Fitton plays well, which we probably should assume he will, Adams has been better this week. I expect Adams to win this with a bit in hand.
Back A.Jenkins to win Group 6 for a 2/10 stake at 5.50 with Betway
WON – Back M.Adams (-1.5 legs) to beat D.Fitton for a 3/10 stake at 2.04 with 888sport