HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I once had a chat with Midge Ure, the cheery little Scottish fellow from new wave/electronic outfit Ultravox, and he stated: “We’d never even been to Vienna.”
To be fair to Midge, Warren, Billy and Chris, they did a tremendous job of evoking the atmosphere of one of central Europe’s most decadent cities. I’ve never been to Vienna either, as it’s notoriously full of secret agents – most of whom are disguised as tour guides, bar tenders and museum curators – besides, I can’t abide those frightful Viennese whirls.
I have, however, been to Manchester - and the Arena - therefore I feel perfectly positioned to offer you some advice ahead of tonight’s Premier League Darts action. It won’t surprise you to hear that it was raining in Manchester this morning. As I set off from my hotel near Piccadilly Gardens for a stroll through the city wearing my Parisian trench coat and Panama hat I remembered some advice a good friend of mine from Norway, Erik ‘The Frown’ Fosberg, who plays golf off a handicap of two, gave me: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.”
I haven’t seen him for a while. In fact the last time our paths crossed was at the 1994 Winter Olympics when he introduced a female acquaintance to me as his Fjord escort.
I digress. This evening’s darts has once again thrown up some absolutely fascinating clashes. I have a view on all of them, as ever, and as a self-proclaimed prophet I do believe I have the law on my side today – the law of averages. The ‘first to eight, maximum 14 legs’ format was deliberately devised to throw up the odd draw and in 16 matches so far we’re yet to see a tie. Three of tonight’s matches are potential draws, with the other being a sure-fire banker. The NAP selection in question has to be an in-form Webster to beat an out-of-sorts Jenkins.
I’d advise backing the draw in two of the other three with a view to trading out in-running. The Wizard of Oz should have enough in his Whitlocker to prevail over Lewis (probably 8-4 or 8-5), so get on the Australian, but the Wade/Barney clash will see the lead change hands more times than a couple of angry dog lovers squabbling over their pedigree pooch.
The night’s Clash of the Titans, meanwhile, should also be a trade-fest, providing unbeaten Anderson can hold his nerve on his double tops. A tasty tip in this match could be Anderson to score the most 180s as he’s been prolific with his maximums in the league thus far, while Taylor’s penchant for ‘going downstairs’ is matched only by the most enthusiastic adult movie stars. One thing’s for sure, The Power will win at least six legs – which is more than any of Anderson’s previous opponents have managed thus far.
So, to recap, Webster is the NAP, but feel free to lap up any of my other claptrap.
Good luck and happy punting!
Remember: A good dart these days is hard to find.