Well, it had to happen some time during the UK Open. We went 1-3 yesterday, so we're now 13-5 for the tournament with a profit of =16.22 units.
So the free darts tips are still looking good for the UK Open, even after a slight blip yesterday. Now we're down to the final 8 without Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld. It'd down to James Wade to keep the pride of the PDC top 6 intact. Can he do it? Well, he's going to have to dig deep.
For the final day of free tips for the UK Open, we'll be turning to Betfair's prices, as they tend to be the best out there for the UK Open and with our free darts tips, we want to give the best prices possible. Plus, their £25 free bet promotion is certainly one of the best out there. Free darts tips and a free £25 bet? Not something I would turn my nose up at.
Denis Ovens versus Mark Hylton.
Now this is definitely not a match many would have predicted for the quarter-finals. Mark Hylton has had a quiet year on the floor after his great run at the World Championships, while Denis Ovens, aside from one floor tournament final, has just been plodding along as usual. However, both men have played well to get this far and knocked out some big names along the way.
Again, this is another tight one, but experience might just be the key factor here. It's another huge match for Hylton, while Ovens has been here before. This match definitely won't be pretty, but if Ovens can keep his cool, he should win and that's why he's a marginal favourite with the bookies. The fact Ovens holds a 5-0 head-to-head lead also helps with the decision here.
Denis Ovens to beat Mark Hylton: 5/6 : Betfair
Recommend: 2.5 units.
Robert Thornton versus Mark Webster.
The battle of the men who should be out. John Part had his chances to eliminte Robert Thornton, while Mark Webster somehow got back from 8-4 down to beat Co Stompe yesterday. They then had slightly more comfortable wins last night, getting them to this stage. Again, it's a slight shock to see Thornton here, but he's been playing well at the UK Open and Webster is always looking to go deep in the televised PDC tournaments after his experience in the Premier League.
Thornton holds the lead in the head-to-head 2-1, but it the matches are close. The popular consensus would be to take Webster due to his Premier League experience, but then you'd be fogettting most of his performances. Thornton has played well to get this far and took out the dangerous Colin Osborne in the last round, so it's no walkover for the Welshman.
At the end of the day, Webster is far too short a price for someone who hasn't been playing to the best of his abilities, while Thornton is far too big a price for someone who's been playing some very good darts at times. It's a no-brainer when you see 6/4 for the Scotsman to progress to the semi-finals of the UK Open.
Robert Thornton to beat Mark Webster: 6/4 @ Betfair.
Recommend: 2 units.
Wes Newton versus Dave Chisnall.
Not the most unexpected match-up, as everyone knows what both men are capable of. However, Newton's road here is impressive, especially the 9-1 victory over Raymond van Barneveld last night. The fact is, both men could be the future of the game and Newton verus Chisnall is going to be a match we see more and more in the later stages of PDC tournaments.
The two men have met on the floor in PDC tournaments 3 times with Newton having the edge 2-1. However, all three matches were tight affairs and the legs won is 17-14 to Newton. So this is going to be a tight one.
While the head says Newton, the price for Chisnall is too big and that's where the value for this match is. Chisnall is a big game player and this is his biggest game since joining the PDC at the start of 2011. He's already been a World Championship finalist, so he knows how to get himself up for the big games. It's going to be close, it might even end up scrappy, but the value lies with Chisnall at 7/5.
Dave Chisnall to beat Newton: 7/5 @ Betfair.
Recommend: 1 unit.
James Wade versus Paul Nicholson.
Without a doubt the tie of the quarter-finals of the UK Open. Nicholson has dispatched Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson in ths space of 12 hours to be here. James Wade might just be his next victim. Nicholson is in the kind of form that saw him take the 2009 Players Championship Final in Purfleet. He's hammering in the maximums, taking out big finishes with aplomb and is not scared of anyone.
Basically, James Wade is looking to recapture his form of old and clinching the UK Open would be the perfect way to go about it. He's been in great form for the past few weeks and facing Nicholson would scare him in the slightest.
It's gonig to be a close match, a tough match for both men, but most importantly an entertaining match. I can see Wade's experience might give him the edge, but the prices just look too far apart, considering the form Nicholson has shown. We have to look for the value here and the value lies with The Asset. 6/4 is too big for someone who's taken out the Premier League winner and third place finished in one day.
Paul Nicholson to beat James Wade: 6/4 @ Betfair.
Recommend: 1 unit.
And that's all the free tips for the UK Open this year. We'll have more darts tips soon at the World Matchplay in Blackpool. But until then, enjoy the UK Open, have a great end to your weekend and, as always, happy betting!