The second day of the European Darts Open takes place in Leverkusen on Saturday when the winners from Friday meet one of the seeded players across the two sessions, with the aim of winning and returning on the final day in play for all 32 players.
It means we get to see the big star names for the first time this weekend on Saturday and there are a couple of cracking looking matches on the card so the fans in Leverkusen and us watching on the streams should be royally entertained.
We begin with our one remaining outright bet opening the show when Krzysztof Ratajski takes on the exciting youngster Josh Rock before Jose de Sousa will want to get his season back on track and find some form when he meets Dennis Nilsson. The popular Dirk van Duijvenbode will be on the stage third when he takes on Maik Kuivenhoven before we are taken to the break by Brendan Dolan who has a clash with Andrew Gilding to overcome.
Ryan Searle will be the man who brings us out of the break when he takes on the other Polish player left in, in the form of Krzysztof Kciuk. Dimitri Van den Bergh gets a rare afternoon outing on Saturday when he meets the WDF World Championship semi-finalist Cameron Menzies. The last two matches in this session see James Wade taking on Berry van Peer and Joe Cullen meeting his good friend Devon Petersen.
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We have a great looking evening session to look forward to and it begins with the winner of the European Tour event before last in Luke Humphries. He meets Darren Penhall before Nathan Aspinall is back on the stage to take on Karel Sedlacek. The number one seed Gerwyn Price is third onto the stage in the evening session to take on Luke Woodhouse who was in inspired form on Friday. The tie of the round takes us into the break as Michael van Gerwen meets Daryl Gurney in a heavyweight showdown.
The world champion Peter Wright brings us out of the interval when he takes on a Scott Williams who is making good strides on the PDC circuit. Premier League leader Jonny Clayton follows them when he meets Rowby-John Rodriguez before Rob Cross takes on the home star Martin Schindler in the penultimate match of the evening. The final match of the day sees the Australian number one Damon Heta meeting Dave Chisnall.
I’ll go with just the one bet on Saturday as we look to repair the damage of a disastrous Friday. That comes in the evening session where I’ll go with the home man Martin Schindler to see off Rob Cross in what should be a decent match. Schindler has been scoring very well on the floor throughout the year and recently he has taken that onto the stage too. He made the quarter final of ET3 where along the way he walloped Ryan Searle with a 109.24 average. He had a 97 average here on Friday night and looks to be going well.
Cross hasn’t exactly been terrible this year but there were signs last week that either he’s been playing too much and had hit a flat spot or that missed doubles are just beginning to dog him a bit. He missed a raft of them against Stephen Bunting in the Austrian Darts Open in their quarter final and with Schindler scoring the way he is, if those missed doubles creep into Cross’ game here the German could well take advantage. Cross is going to have the crowd on his case here and with Schindler going 6/11 on doubles on Friday there is enough evidence to suggest an upset is possible here.
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