7th March 2013, 12:03am
UK Masters Betting: Robert Thornton is in good enough form to take advantage of favourable draw in Minehead
The opening European Tour event of the year kicks off on Friday when 64 of the top players in the world of darts descend on Minehead in Somerset for the UK Masters. This tournament has been seeded from the European Tour order of merit from last season which means that Phil Taylor is only the fifth seed. Those seedings make for some interesting potential early matchups. Phil Taylor goes into the tournament as the 9/4 favourite with Coral.
This three day event will see the tournament played mostly on a stage and even though there is no TV coverage of the event the pressures of the crowd and size of the event will make it feel like a major championship. All the matches in this tournament are the best of 11 legs which should mean we get a few shocks and maybe even a surprise winner.
With the strength in depth of darts these days and the quality in the PDC ranks there isn’t what you would call an easy section of the draw but with the seedings done on the order of merit rather than the world rankings there are some sections which has less big hitters in it than others. The bottom quarter of the draw is a particular place to avoid as the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Adrian Lewis, James Wade, Wes Newton and Mervyn King all reside there.
One man who will go down to Minehead in good form is Robert Thornton. We’ve seen his excellent darts in the Premier League and he should be full of confidence going into this tournament. He is in the quarter of the draw without any of the big hitters which is a positive and while Dave Chisnall is a potential quarter final opponent you wouldn’t give the Thorn no chance there. Although a tough test would probably make itself known in the semi final we would be one win away from an each way payout by then so I think the in form Scot is worth backing this weekend.
Back R.Thornton to win UK Masters (e/w) for a 1/10 stake at 23.00 with Blue Square (1/2 1-2)