Unibet PDC Home Tour – Group 15 Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

What is the Unibet PDC Home Tour? With the PDC Tour currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PDC have devised the tournament to supply some darting action to players and fans, with all matches are being streamed live from the homes of the players who are involved.

Who is taking part in the Unibet PDC Home Tour? All 128 PDC Tour Card holders were invited to take part, though there are some absences, the most notable being Michael van Gerwen due to the birth of his second child earlier this month, whilst Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney are both missing due to internet connection problems.

What is the format of the Unibet PDC Home Tour? Each night, four players compete in a round-robin format with matches played over the best-of-nine legs, with the 32 group winners qualifying for the second stage of the event.

When is the Unibet PDC Home Tour Group 15 taking place? Friday 1st May, 2020 – 19:30 start (UK)

Where can I watch the Unibet PDC Home Tour? All PDC Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

THE PLAYERS

DARREN WEBSTER

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Last 16 x1
Last 32 x1

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 91.29
180s – 15 (0.12 per leg)

H2H
vs Scott Baker
N/A

vs Andy Hamilton
W4, L5
Last meeting: Darren Webster 6-2 Andy Hamilton (Sept 2017 – Euro Tour qualifier)

vs Bradley Brooks
W1, L1
Last meeting: Darren Webster 6-1 Bradley Brooks (Sept 2019 – Players Championship)

PROSPECTS
Darren Webster starts as the favourite with the bookies to qualify from the group, but the form of ‘The Demolition Man’ over the last 18 months has been well below the level that saw him break into the top 16 in the Order of Merit and he’s by no means a certainty to claim top spot in a competitive looking pool.

SCOTT BAKER

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Last 32 x1
Last 64 x2

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 89.55
180s – 26 (0.23 per leg)

H2H
vs Darren Webster
N/A

vs Andy Hamilton
N/A

vs Bradley Brooks
N/A

PROSPECTS
Apart from a couple of semi-final appearances in the early part of 2019, Baker hasn’t really made the progression that he seemed capable of doing after winning his PDC Tour Card. Still, he is a very competent player and would not be a surprise qualifier.

ANDY HAMILTON

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Last 32 x1
Last 64 x4

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 87.82
180s – 28 (0.26 per leg)

H2H
vs Darren Webster
W5, L4
Last meeting: Darren Webster 6-2 Andy Hamilton (Sept 2017 – Euro Tour qualifier)

vs Scott Baker
N/A:

vs Bradley Brooks
W1, L0
Last meeting: Andy Hamilton 6-3 Bradley Brooks (Mar 2020 – Euro Tour qualifier)

PROSPECTS
Former Premier League player Andy Hamilton made his return to the PDC Tour earlier this year after a stint in the BDO. He is no longer the consistent player that regularly reached the latter stages of major tournaments but his form is improving and he is capable of being in contention for the qualifying berth in this group.

BRADLEY BROOKS

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Last 64 x1
Last 128 x8

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 87.09
180s – 10 (0.13 per leg)

H2H
vs Darren Webster
W1, L1
Last meeting: Darren Webster 6-1 Bradley Brooks (Sept 2019 – Players Championship)

vs Scott Baker
N/A

vs Andy Hamilton
W0, L1
Last meeting: Andy Hamilton 6-3 Bradley Brooks (Mar 2020 – Euro Tour qualifier)

PROSPECTS
At just 20 years old, Bradley Brooks is the youngster in this group. He’s been playing on the main circuit since 2018 but hasn’t had many runs into the latter stages in ranking tournaments. He’s got plenty of potential though and, in an event like this, he can’t be ruled out.

THREE PICKS FROM 3 DART ANALYST

Over 7.5 legs – Darren Webster vs Bradley Brooks

The first game of the night pitches the highest and lowest ranked players against each other but I don’t think this will be an easy match for Webster and I can see Brooks posing plenty of problems in a game that could go the distance.

Andy Hamilton to score the most 180s vs Bradley Brooks

Hamilton has a much superior 180 hitting ratio on the PDC circuit this season than his opponent and I think there may be some value in siding with him to outscore Brooks on the 180 count in this game.

Over 104.5 checkout – Scott Baker vs Andy Hamilton

I think this as an even looking match that could see the full quota of legs being played, and in a game of that length a checkout of over 104.5 might well be achieved.

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