Finals Night predictions - Colin Savage delivers his verdict

April 27, 2020

Our man Colin Savage shares his predictions for the final night of the opening Remote League Darts. You can watch all the action on our You Tube channel.

James Richardson v Jim Williams (21:30)

And then there was four! After nine enthralling nights of action, Messrs Richardson, Hogan, O'Shea and Williams make up our four semi finalists. Both these matches are best of 15 legs.

What an opening semi-final we have on our hands here. 'Ruthless', the league topper, taking on 'The Quiff' who finished fourth. The pair met on Night 8 of the league phase with Richardson just edging it 7-5. Richardson will start tonight as slight favourite, due to having the advantage of throw, but with the format now over best of 15 legs, Williams will have time to try and eradicate that.

Richardson has been in imperious form throughout, and his sole defeat came at the hands of an inspired Tony O Shea. He has proven he's a fierce competitor, and with the way he has been scoring, finishing the league phase with comfortably the most 180's, and clinical on his finishing, he will believe he has every chance here of progressing to the final.

We know Williams is a man for the big occasion. His achievements include being the reigning World Dart Trophy champion, the reigning Red Dragon Champions of Champions winner, a winner of 16 world ranking events and a recent world championship runner-up. After the loss to Richardson on Night 8, he will be out for revenge and if he can produce the levels we know he's capable off I can see him just edging this and making the final. Not an easy call to make on this at all, and the winner will have been made to work his socks off for it

Prediction: Williams to win 8-6

Paul Hogan v Tony O'Shea (22:15)

These two men clashed on the opening night of the league as they fought out a high quality entertaining draw. O'Shea was the front runner that night, but couldn't manage to shake off Hogan.

Hogan, one of the most consistent players on tour over the last 18 months, has went from strength to strength throughout this league campaign. He has hit opponents with a barrage of 140's and dipped just once when losing to an in-form Darryl Fitton on Saturday night. Hogan, a world championship quarter finalist in January, will relish this meeting tonight and will be favourite to progress to the final.

O'Shea has definitely found a new lease of life and is showing signs of the form that saw him be a three time world championship runner-up. A man with a record like his can never be ruled out of anything. His scoring and finishing throughout the tournament has been excellent, and bar a 7-2 loss to Jim Williams, has been a match for anyone. He will have to compete with Hogan in the early stages, and if he can, he has a great chance of reaching the final. This again like the first semi final is a close call but I'm taking Hogan to just edge it.

Prediction: Hogan to win 8-6

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