The shocks keep on coming in the PDC Home Tour with Alan Tabern topping a group containing two previous world championship finalists last night.
Keegan Brown will be hoping there are no such upsets tonight. The Englishman is a 5/2 chance to finish top of the pile in Group 12 against Max Hopp, Mike de Decker and Conan Whitehead.
Can he arrow in on top spot? We’ve previewed three of the night’s main matches below.
Max Hopp v Mike de Decker (19:30)
It’s an all-European affair to kick things off as Hopp takes on de Decker. The odds suggest that as used to be the case in football, Germany should come out on top against Belgium, with Hopp priced at 8/11 versus 1/1 for de Decker.
Those odds bely their respective rankings, with the Maximiser ranked 78 places above his opponent. De Decker does have the head-to-head advantage, though, with three wins to Hopp’s solitary one.
That should set us up for a tight-knit encounter then, with Over 7.5 Legs at 2/3. We could also be in for some decent treble-hitting, with Hopp filling the bed 40 times in the last 12 months. He’s 2/3 for Over 1.5 180s.
Keegan Brown v Conan Whitehead (20:00)
Like the first contest our traders reckon this one should go the way of the higher-ranked player, with 2014 Grand Slam quarter-finalist Brown odds-on to take the spoils at 8/11. Whitehead is a 13/10 shot.
The 27-year-old favourite is a player with bundles of ability but one who tends to make hard work of his matches. If he does win this one, it could be tight. We go 5/1 about a 5-4 scoreline in favour of Brown.
Max Hopp v Keegan Brown (21:00)
The PDC have saved the best until (almost) last tonight as 23rd in the world takes on 30th in the world in the fourth match of the evening. As expected, it’s difficult to call with Hopp at 8/11 against 1/1 for Brown.
A lot could depend on how the pair get on in their opening matches, with this encounter potentially playing out as a shootout for the group. What we do know, though, is that both players like to hit maximums.
We’ve already ascertained Hopp’s potency when it comes to the treble bed, while The Needle has chalked up 69 maximums in the last 12 months. We go 10/11 for Over 3.5 180s in this tantalising tungsten battle.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication