We’re approaching ‘squeaky bum time’ on the Alexandra Palace oche as Monday’s World Championship final edges closer and closer.
There’s still plenty to sort out before then, as the third and fourth rounds continue on Wednesday.
We’ve picked out three tips for the evening action and two former world champions take to the stage:
Gary Anderson v Ian White – Over 12.5 180s @ 5/6 with bet365
When Gary Anderson turns up, he’s near impossible to compete with on the big stage.
The former two-time world champion is in mixed form and it’s hard to imagine the “Flying Scotsman” is going to be firing on all cylinders against White.
Both players are heavy scorers when they find their groove, and in a match that could well go the distance, over 12.5 180s looks a solid option.
Gerwyn Price 4-2 Dirk van Duijvenbode @ 10/3 with Paddy Power
Dirk van Duijvenbode is full of heart and aggression on the oche and will give back as much as he’s given by the reigning world champion.
Price showed his bottle in coming through a last-leg shootout against Kim Huybrechts and looks susceptible to dropping more sets throughout the tournament.
We’re not expecting the Welshman to slip up in this one, and a well fought 4-2 win provides the value – albeit a slight stab in the dark in trying to pick a correct score.
Jonny Clayton v Michael Smith – Over 5.5 sets @ 4/6 with bet365
This is the pick of the bunch in the fourth round.
“Bully Boy” Smith looks to have matured in 2021 and is well positioned for a deep run at these World Championships.
It’s hard to find a player with a better season than Jonny Clayton, and the “Ferret” flexed his muscles in round three with a 4-0 sweeping of Gabriel Clemens.
This one looks destined to go the distance, meaning an over 5.5 sets match at 4/6 is an absolute steal.