World Matchplay betting column, day two afternoon session: Jelle Klaasen to get the better of Justin Pipe

Today we are treated to a double session which will see eight further round one matches that will help shape up the last 16 ties.

Jelle Klaasen vs. Justin Pipe

Klaasen toes the oche in the opener versus Justin Pipe, where both need the win for different reasons. Pipe is a nose ahead on the head to head although the pair have not met in over two years.

Jelle is 4/9 with Pipe at 9/4 and Jelle has a 2.5 leg handicap as the different maker at just under even money.

Klaasen in the last two months has really struggled on the tour finding it difficult to get past the last 16 in any competition and failing to cash out at either of the last Player Championship events at the start of July.

Pipe on the other hand on the last two European Tours exited in the first round and may be low on confidence.

Looking at the betting market this is tough to call from a value aspect however the -2.5 on Jelle would get the nod if you wanted an around even money bet.

Robert Thornton vs. Cristo Reyes

Thornton and Reyes take to the oche second up and the pair have met three time prior with The Thorn holding the advantage 2-1 in this respect.

This game is edged towards Reyes on a reputation basis as Thornton’s stage play has nosedived hence the odds compilers view on taking on Reyes for this. Reyes is 4/5 with the Scot 6/5.

Usually when games are priced like this checking the total legs in the game is always a great first base.

Layers take 4/5 on 17 or more legs and 10/11 on fewer. Sky Bet are 4/1 there are 20 or more legs thus a tie breaker which may appeal.

Having looked at this game prior to writing this is one I would rather leave this be.

Benito van de Pas vs. Daryl Gurney

Third on is another close knit game with Benito van de Pas taking on Darryl Gurney in a game where a few months back the pricing would have been a pick em.

Gurney’s recent form including a great run in the World Series has led to a surge of confidence in Gurney being earmarked a Premier League spot next February.

Benito has made one quarter final at a European Tour event since making the final of the German Open at the end of April.

The head-to-head goes against Big Ben having lost all of the last four. Although Gurney is a little skinny on the match price around 4/6 you can get the same price on Gurney winning the 180 by two or more is the bet I am willing to take from this one in the event the game goes some distance I am more confident on Gurney’s 180s.

Mensur Suljovic vs. John Henderson

Mensur Suljovic and John Henderson see off the afternoon session with the Austrian red hot 9/2 ON favourite against the Scot.

There is no previous meetings from my sources and this could be a game that doesn’t really appeal to any betting markets so will leave this be.


Klaasen -2.5 legs vs Pipe – 28/29 Marathonbet 1pt

Gurney -1.5 180s vs van de Pas – 4/6 Sky Bet 2pts


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