The first stage of the PDC Home Tour will officially be a quarter of the way finished tonight as four more arrowsmiths take to the oche and do battle over a video call.
Jonny Clayton, Adam Hunt, Richard North and David Pallett make up the tungsten quartet bidding to come out on top in Group Eight. We’ve previewed three of the evening’s six clashes below.
Richard North v David Pallett (19:55)
There might be 22 places separating these two in the Order of Merit but our traders can’t split them this evening. The pair are available at 5/6 apiece, even though it’s North who’s above Pallett in the rankings.
However, the clue to this one could lay in the head-to-head statistics. Northy has won all four of his battles with Pallett, including two by just a single leg. We go 4/1 about a 5-4 victory for the higher-ranked player.
Jonny Clayton v Richard North (20:45)
This will probably be the toughest test of the night for Clayton. The Ferret has clocked up some impressive victories in the last 18 months and will be expected to top the group as the standout player in the quartet.
His odds reflect that, with our traders going 4/9 that he leaves 13/8 shot North going in the wrong direction back down the table. He’s a slightly longer 5/6 to win on the -1.5 Legs Handicap too.
The Welshman isn’t shy of a 180 either, with 66 in the last 12 months. We make him a 10/11 chance to hit Over 1.5 maximums tonight in the best-of-nine-legs format.
David Pallett v Jonny Clayton (21:35)
What better place to finish than the final match of the night? And this is another one that Clayton is widely expected to win. The 45-year-old has been installed as the 4/9 favourite against 13/8 for Pallett.
All previous form should point to this being another comfortable victory for the Llanelli thrower, but as we’ve seen throughout the PDC Home Tour so far, results don’t always go the way of the form book.
One thing we do know is that Clayton is capable of the spectacular. He showed that when dumping Michael van Gerwen out of the Ladbrokes Masters. You can get 5/6 about a checkout above 89.5 from the favourite.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication