Melbourne Darts Masters – Friday Accumulator
Michael Smith was knocked out in the first round last week, and that can’t have helped his confidence following his collapse against Dave Chisnall at the World Matchplay. Pusey started slowly last week in Auckland but still managed to win three legs against Gary Anderson. With that experience under his belt, he can cause Michael Smith a few problems and reach at least three legs once again.
Another of the PDC players who struggled last week was Rob Cross. The Englishman survived match darts in his first round match, and then lost out to Simon Whitlock in the second round. Haupai Puha is another of the Oceanic players who performed with credit last week, and should come on for that performance.
Raymond Smith has been performing with credit on the DPA Australian ProTour and could be underestimated in the handicap market. Michael van Gerwen played really well last week, but we’ve seen over the last couple of months that he is beatable. Although a shock victory could be beyond Smith here, he has every chance of picking up a couple of legs against the World Number One.
Our outright preview has already highlighted that we fancy Corey Cadby to have a good run this week, and should start by overcoming a 1.5 leg handicap against his fellow countryman Whitlock. Cadby will be fired up for this match having not been seen on the big stage for five months, but if he can pick up where he left off in March, should overcome a 1.5 leg handicap in the big game of the session.