Barney could batter Lewis
The sorry Premier League campaign of Adrian Lewis is soon to come to an end but first he must go through the motions for three more matches over two more weeks before he can go home and reflect on where it all went so wrong in this event.
The double world champion has mustered just three wins from his 13 games, the last of which came five weeks ago in Glasgow and his two losses last week came in pretty desperate circumstances as Jackpot averaged just 86 in his loss to Rob Thornton.
It would be a big surprise if things were about to get any better for Lewis as he takes on Raymond van Barneveld who is not someone who has been struggling for form in this competition. Last week he produced arguably his best performance of the year thus far as he averaged over 104 in hammering James Wade 7-2.
Barney has been in top form for the majority of this Premier League, especially in the 180 statistics having fired in 49 over his 13 games to date. That is just two less than the leader in these stakes Michael van Gerwen and MVG has played an extra match. If last week is anything to go by then he will continue to hit plenty more in Liverpool and I expect him to notch at least four or five over the 10-plus legs of the match. At evens for over 3.5 180s from Barney, Bet365 look to be offering pretty good value.
The final match of the evening in Liverpool sees James Wade and Andy Hamilton return to the stage, potentially after both men having suffered a defeat earlier in the night. These contests that see players returning to the oche are difficult to predict but what has generally been the case over the tournament so far is that the quality of them has been poor, with the exception of Taylor v Whitlock last week.
Both men were well off their best last week, and in fact Hamilton has been for a month now so there is little to suggest that this will be a thrilling end to the evening at the Echo Arena. Neither are particularly prolific maximum hitters, relatively speaking, and this should be an especially lean contest for the 180s. At 11/10 for there to be less than 4.5, it looks a reasonable price from Sky Bet.
Raymond van Barneveld over 3.5 180s @ evens with Bet365
James Wade v Andy Hamilton under 4.5 180s @ 11/10 with Sky Bet
• Whitlock great value against Wade
• Sorry Lewis set for fourth straight defeat
• Wade the value bet against Barney
• Taylor must beat Hamilton
• Whitlock is back in form
• MVG can hurt Taylor semi-final chances
• Hammer and Barney set for another tight one
• In form Newton to keep winning
• Whitlock and MVG value for big finish