Steve Beaton's win over Andy Smith on Monday night was one of the most impressive first round performances. A 94.49 three-dart average (remember this is a double start format) and 58.33% success rate on his starting and finishing doubles were some of the best figures of the opening two nights.
Statistics don't always tell the whole story in sport, but in this case they are an accurate reflection of Beaton's stellar performance. It may have been a while since The Bronze Adonis made a significant impact in a televised major, but on Tuesday's form he could go a long way in Dublin this week.
Next up, however, is one of the game's form players and certainly the most improved player in the last 12 months, Andy Hamilton. The Hammer has consistently reached the latter stages of major tournaments over the course of the last year and is now firmly established in the world's top 10.
On form this season alone, Hamilton is a deserving favourite at odds of 1.58. However, having watched Beaton play in the first round with such panache and confidence, there is huge value in siding with the 1996 Lakeside world champion at odds of 2.7.
Back Beaton to beat Hamilton @ 2.7
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