We’re down to the final four of the PDC Home Tour, as the online darts extravaganza reaches the final Championship Group on Friday evening.
It’s been a grueling 43 nights of action to get to this stage and Gary Anderson, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Jelle Klaasen are the quartet who have survived.
Flying Scotsman Reaches New Heights
Anderson had earlier pulled out of the event due to connectivity issues, but with WiFi problems resolved, the two-time PDC World Champion is now joint-favourite (
6/4)* to be crowned home hero.
The Flying Scotsman was unbeaten in the Play-Offs Championship Group, beating Mike De Decker, Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen. The averages weren’t spectacular for Anderson in that stage of the tournament, but 92.8, 93.4 and 98.1 across his three matches is certainly more than solid throwing.
Prior to that, Anderson was also undefeated at the last-32 stage coming through a group containing Nick Kenny, Luke Humphries and Jamie Lewis. Humphries had been one of the Home Tour stars prior to his clash with the Scotsman, but Anderson blew him away 6-1 – averaging an incredible 110.1 over the seven legs.
Who Can Challenge Anderson?
The only arrowsmith who has any hope of living with the Flying Scotsman, should he show up in that form, is his rival at the head of the betting Nathan Aspinall.
It’s a little surprising that the Asp, who won the UK Open in 2019, made it to the Championship Group given he didn’t have a board up at home until mid-way through the coronavirus lockdown.
That shows the quality of the two-time PDC World Championship semi-finalist and he served-up some superb darts in the previous round.
A 106.7 average in a 6-5 win over Jonny Clayton was mesmeric and that was followed by a 104.8 effort, in a 6-5 defeat to Rob Cross. The hat-trick of final leg deciders was a 6-5 win over Joe Cullen to book his place in the final and in that form, he could prove a handful for Anderson.
Clayton joined Aspinall in the Championship Group courtesy of a 6-5 win over Cullen and a 6-1 victory over former PDC World Champion Rob Cross. The Ferret is a quality chucker and averaged 100.2 in his 6-5 defeat to the Asp, but it remains to be seen if he has the consistency of the two players ahead of him in the betting.
The Welshman defeated Joe Cullen with a 90.5 average and that is unlikely to be enough against Anderson or Aspinall, which is why his chances of winning the tournament are rated as
Jelle Klaasen completes the quartet and it’s a welcome return to form for the Cobra, who has been struggling on tour for sometime. The former BDO World Champion has played well to reach this stage, but he has already been beaten by Anderson and, looking at the averages, it’s difficult to see how he’s going to turn that form around or trouble Aspinall, which is reflected in the odds of
11/2 on the Dutchman pulling off a surprise tournament victory.
There’s likely to be a fair amount of pressure on the throwers this evening, for the first time in this event, and that could be another boost to Anderson’s chances. Sure, it’s not beating Phil Taylor in a World Championship final, but the Flying Scotsman is a thrower for the big occasion and he looks ready to add the PDC Home Tour to his list of honours.
PDC Home Darts Betting Tip: put your money on Anderson at 6/4
*All odds quoted correct at time of writing