Saturday night predictions - Williams to win potential match of the tournament
Our man Colin Savage gives his view on Saturday night's intriguing five matches. Watch all the action on our You Tube channel.
Wes Newton v Tony O'Shea (21:30)
It's another all Lancashire Derby in the opener. Fresh from a 6-6 with Darryl Fitton on Night Seven, and a much improved performance by Newton, hell be approaching this match tonight with renewed confidence. O'Shea is now undefeated in his last four after seeing off James Richardson on Friday and heb seems to be rolling back the years as he seeks that Top 4 spot. I'm taking 'Silverback' to win this, but doubt he'll have it all his own way.
Prediction: O'Shea to win 7-4
James Richardson v Jim Williams (22:00)
The second game of the night sees two of the tournament favourites collide, in what could be the match of the tournament so far, never mind match of the night. 'Ruthless' suffered his first defeat on Friday, and only leg difference separates these two. Williams, a victor over Norris on Night Seven, goes into this with confidence high after a couple of shaky nights. This has all the makings of a cracking tie, and should be a close one, but I'm taking Williams to follow up his victory over Richardson recently in the Isle of Man and secure his spot on finals night.
Prediction: Williams to win 7-5
John Walton v Gary Robson (22:30)
Game 3 sees Walton take on 'Big Robbo'. After a hard earned draw with Dean Winstanley, 'John Boy' will be in good spirits going into this, but so far there has been a major gulf in the pairs form and performances. Robson, an unlucky 7 5 loser to table topper Hogan on Friday, will be looking for a heavy victory here, as leg difference could be crucial come Sunday night. I'm taking this as a comfortable win for Robson.
Prediction: Robson to win 7-2
Alan Norris v Dean Winstanley (23:00)
This match looks like being full of unpredictability, two players who have produced at the highest level, who unfortunately are searching for form at the moment. Norris has given himself plenty of chances in matches but hasn't been able to finish them off, and the same could be said of Winstanley, although the latter will have a renewed freedom after picking up his first point on Friday. As I said earlier this match is so unpredictable, but with the passion these two lads have, anything from the sublime to the ridiculous could occur.
Prediction: Norris to win 7-4
Paul Hogan v Darryl Fitton (23:30)
In the closing game of the night, league leader Hogan takes on 'The Dazzler'. 'Crocodile Dundee' remains the only man undefeated so far and after another great performance against Gary Robson in the last match of Night 7. Providing the graveyard shift doesn't affect him after two nights in a row he'll be confident of a win here to seal his spot on finals night. Fitton, now two points off a Top 4 spot after a battling draw with Wes Newton, really needs to win this to get himself into the semi-finals. I expect a quality affair here, but I see Hogan just having too much consistency.
Prediction: Hogan to win 7-4
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