Two-time UK Open champion James Wade faces a potential banana skin when he takes on Robbie Green in the preliminary round of the UK Open.
Last Updated: 06/06/13 4:10pm
James Wade: Potential banana skin for world number four
Two-time UK Open champion James Wade faces a potential banana skin when he takes on Robbie Green in the preliminary round of the Speedy Services UK Open.
The world number four, who finished outside the top 64 who competed in eight UK Open qualifying events, takes on 250/1 shot Green in the best-of-nine leg clash at the Reebok Stadium on Thursday.
And the BDO star has come in for plenty of support with Sky Bet and is an 11/4 shot to dump 'The Machine' out of 'The FA Cup of Darts' at the first hurdle.
Sky Bet darts manager, Craig Ibbotson, said: "We have seen money for Green to upset the applecart and dump Wade (1/4) out of the tournament and at odds of 11/4, I would have to agree that is tremendous value."
Other potential preliminary round shocks coulld come when amateur qualifier Conan Whitehead (11/4) takes on 2004 champion Roland Scholten (1/4), while world number 10 Justin Pipe (1/6) must see off Welshman Gareth Pass (7/2).
Four-time UK Open champion Phil 'The Power' Taylor is also in action in preliminary round against Kevin 'Bounty Hunter' Dowling (10/1) after finishing 44th in qualifying. Taylor (1/33) isn't expected to slip up against the Coventry-based design engineer.
Dutchman Michael van Gerwen heads the field with the online bookmaker at 7/4 from world champion Taylor (7/2). Defending champion Robert Thornton is a 25/1 shot.
Van Gerwen, winner of five of the qualifiers, joins the fray in Friday's third round with the top 32 including Thornton, Raymond van Barneveld (12/1) and Australian Simon Whitlock 16/1.