Barney the next victim in the Pipe-line at World Matchplay
Places in the quarter finals are up for grabs in Blackpool at the World Matchplay and although regular winner Phil Taylor is expected to progress, there could be trouble ahead for his regular final foe James Wade.
Justin Pipe to beat Raymond van Barneveld @ 3/1
Both players came through their first round encounters 10-4 and both averaged 99 in the process, showing how similarly they are playing.
It was Barney that was the more clinical in hitting his doubles, but Pipe had the scoring edge in terms of 180s and the fact he has won the last two meetings between these two is further evidence that he is overpriced here.
His slow-throwing style could frustrate the Dutchman too and those not fancying Pipe to pull off the shock must surely struggle to argue that 1/1 is a fair price that he comes through with a handicap of 3.5 legs.
Simon Whitlock to beat Kevin Painter @ 4/11
Whitlock and Painter may have split their 12 career meetings down the middle, but it could be significant that the former has taken four of the last five.
Painter has also only made the quarter final here once, which suggests it is not his favourite tournament on the darting calendar and worryingly needed 34 darts to hit the 10 doubles required to see off Jamie Lewis in the first round.
A repeat of that shabby finishing will put him on the back foot against Whitock and the Aussie can take advantage.
Terry Jenkins (+6.5 legs) to beat Phil Taylor @ 8/11
Jenkins may have lost 33 of his 36 career encounters with the 13-time World Matchplay winner, but one of his successes has come in this event and another among the last three meetings of the duo.
Taylor is certainly unlikely to dominate in the same way that saw him brush aside Stuart Kellet 10-1 in the first round, with his opponent averaging an appalling 75, despite having only six darts at doubles in the whole match.
Jenkins is good enough to win seven legs in the match and can overcome the handicap line.
Gary Anderson to beat James Wade @ 6/4
The big doubt over Anderson is whether he has the consistency over this longer format, but if he checks out as well as he did when beating Mervyn King in his opener then he can go close.
Interestingly too is that Anderson has won seven of the last nine meetings with Wade, despite Wade being the higher ranked for the majority of this period.
Wade is in the more steady form, but in a match that is almost 50/50 to call, it makes sense to side with the underdog.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.