Lewis and Huybrechts set for classic
Saturday night provides two of the biggest darts matches imaginable in the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam as four of the greatest players on the planet at the moment do battle for a place in the final four.
The headline act is the clash between Adrian Lewis and Kim Huybrechts who were both hugely impressive in their previous encounters; the former seeing off Michael van Gerwen and the latter demolishing his brother Ronny.
The pair have notched up an unbelievable 38 maximums between them in the tournament so far and we can expect plenty more on Saturday with sparks set to fly on the Wolverhampton oche.
It is the Belgian who has the better record in the head to head between the pair but Lewis has won each of the two most recent battles, edging the Hurricane out by one leg on both occasions which suggests this is going to be a very tight one again.
If there is going to be a nine dart finish at any point then it could well be in this one and although it is a massive punt it may be worth the odd pound on the perfect game at 20/1 with Bet365. A better bet is over 27.5 legs though with this one surely going to go to 16-12 or closer. Every bookie has this odds-on except Coral who are offering EVENS.
Not long ago, the first match of the evening would have been the standout affair but such has been Phil Taylor’s dominance over James Wade in recent times there is every chance of a damp squib occurring.
Wade drew with Taylor twice in the Premier League this year but he has not managed to turn off The Power for over three years and even then it was in the confined atmosphere of the Championship League.
Their last two meetings have ended in embarrassment for The Machine after he basically threw in the towel at the Grand Prix and lost 5-1 then tried to forfeit at The Masters in a bizarre argument that led to him losing 10-1. As a result Taylor is just 1/9 for the win in Wolverhampton whilst Wade is out at 8/1n with Bet365.
I expect Wade to put in a better showing than he has done recently but still to face elimination. The only way he has a chance is if he ups his scoring which has been lacklustre at times, only hitting two 180s in 33 legs so far. This is seemingly where the value lies with under 11.5 maximums in the game available at EVENS with William Hill where it is odds-on everywhere else.
Adrian Lewis v Kim Huybrechts over 27.5 legs @ EVENS with Coral
Phil Taylor v James Wade under 11.5 180s @ EVENS with William Hill