SCOTTY “Too Hotty” Waites may be the favourite, but Paul Jennings doesn’t care about that.
He’s good enough to beat the Yorkshireman and to win the 2013 BDO World Darts Championship.
Jenno goes head-to-head with third-seed Waites tonight in the Lakeside quarter-finals, first and second round wins against Ross Montgomery and Jason Cullen respectively booking the Headlander’s place in the last eight.
Waites has beaten Willy Van de Wiel and Geert de Vos en-route to the quarters with some eye-catching darts, highlighting just why the bookmakers fancy him to finally lift the champion’s trophy on Sunday night.
Top seeds Stephen Bunting and Martin Adams have already crashed out of the tournament and Jennings is determined to add Waites to the list of the fallen seeds.
“I have a good chance (of going all the way) – I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could win it,” 36-year-old Jenno told SportMail ahead of his second consecutive BDO Lakeside quarter-final match.
“If I play as well as I know I can, I can win it.”
Last year Wesley Harms denied Jennings a semi-final place by beating him 5-3 at the quarter-final stage.
Jennings has maintained since that he was unhappy with his performance 12 months ago, but this time around he has no complaints about his quality of arrows.
“I enjoyed myself on Wednesday night,” he added.
“I finished well and everything seemed to go right.
“I will need to up my score, get it a bit higher, but things are relatively good.
“I’ve been finishing well and on Wednesday my doubles were brilliant.
“I’m definitely more happy with my performance this year than I was last year.”
Jennings’ manager, Kevin Hill, echoed his star’s positivity, insisting that Waites should not be feared.
“If Waites plays how he did on Wednesday against de Vos then Paul will beat him.
“But every game’s different and Waites could knock out a 98 average but Paul’s just as good. It depends on the night.
“Paul’s not down here to see who he plays, he’s not bothered about that, he’s down here to play darts and to win.”
The match is scheduled to start around 8pm following the conclusion of the Richie George-Jan Dekker game, with coverage on ESPN.