After more thrills and spills on the oche over the weekend, the PDC Home Tour continues tonight with Group 11.
And unusually, this evenings quartet features not one, but two PDC World Championship finalists in Simon Whitlock and 2008’s surprise runner-up Kirk Shephard.
The duo are joined by the handy Alan Tabern and Dutchman Mike van Duivenbode. This should be a competitive line-up, with Whitlock 7/4 favourite to top the group, ahead of 3/1 shots Tabern and Shephard.
Simon Whitlock v Mike van Duivenbode (19:30)
The Wizard takes on The Pigeon (we do love Darts) in the opener, as Whitlock meets Dutch youngster Van Duivenbode.
Our traders give world number 14 Whitlock favouritism for this one at 2/5, although his 21-year-old opponent shouldn’t be discounted at 9/5, as we’ve seen plenty of upsets in the tournament already.
But should this one go to the formbook, there’s 3/1 about Whitlock to be King of the Oche, and 4/5 for the Aussie to throw the most maximums.
Simon Whitlock v Kirk Shephard (21:00)
While Whitlock made the BDO final in 2008, Shephard reached the PDC equivalent in the same year. But the career parallels ended at that point.
The Wizard is 1/3 to win his second match of the night, with 33-year-old Shephard the 9/4 outsider.
Whitlock could be in the groove by this point, if he gets off to a good start versus Van Duivenbode, and there’s 11/10 about the Aussie on the -2.5 leg handicap, while he’s 2/1 to be King of the Oche.
Simon Whitlock v Alan Tabern (22:00)
The Wizard’s toughest contest could come in his final match, versus Alan Tabern.
Our traders have again chalked up Whitlock odds-on at 2/5, with 53-year-old Tabern at 9/5.
But the St Helens thrower has defeated Whitlock thrice before, as recently as two years ago at the Players Championship in Barnley, so this could be the match of the night.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.