Lewis and Newton woes to continue
It may still be very early days in the 2013 Premier League Darts but for those yet to really get their campaigns going, week three in Bournemouth is going to be a very big week.
One of the two men who as yet doesn’t have a win to his name is double world champion Adrian Lewis who will be desperate to score his first points of the tournament against James Wade on the South coast on Thursday.
Jackpot’s form has been nowhere near its best for a long while now and despite his win at the World Cup just prior to the Premier League beginning he continues to under-perform. He was poor in defeat to Simon Whitock in week one and even worse as he lost to Phil Taylor last time around. Another loss at the hands of Wade would already be leaving him with an awful lot to do to make it to the semi-finals or even to avoid relegation.
Wade hasn’t been overly convincing either though as he won a low quality affair in week one over Wes Newton and then got fairly comfortably beaten by Andy Hamilton last week. He will know that this is a great time to play Lewis and that a win is a must to push him up the table.
The two have quite an even record in this competition; they won one each last year and have had a couple of draws in the past and as such there is not a great deal between them in the odds. Lewis, despite his poor form is favourite at a best price of 6/5 with Betfred whilst the Machine is behind him at 7/4 with bet365. Wade doesn’t always inspire confidence but he tends to step up his game against Lewis and at 7/4 he looks a great price to win.
The second match of the evening sees the other man who is without a point in Wes Newton taking on arguably the surprise package of the competition so far Robert Thornton.
The Thorn has played brilliantly so far in beating Andy Hamilton and drawing with Michael van Gerwen has upset the odds and leaves him third in the table after two weeks. He doesn’t look fazed at all by the big crowds and if anything seems spurred on by the atmosphere which will give him the edge over an increasingly nervous looking Newton.
The Warrior is pouring his heart and soul into his debut year in the Premier League but things have not been going his way having lost both his matches thus far to Wade and Raymond van Barneveld. The heavy defeat to Barney leaves him rock bottom of the table with a -8 leg difference after just two contests.
Newton has it in him to beat Thornton but the two players’ form are so far apart that it would be tough to back him for this one. Having averaged well over 97 in both his matches so far, the Thorn looks great value to win at 23/20 with Blue Square.
A real tasty affair is third up as Whitlock takes on Taylor in a repeat of last year’s final which of course the Power won. The Aussie was amongst the favourites going into this year’s event but he has been seriously underwhelming, winning one and losing one thus far but not averaging over 90 in either bout.
Whitlock will have to do a lot better than that just to compete with Taylor who himself hasn’t been at his very best but has done enough to draw with van Gerwen and beat Lewis. Whenever the Power is not averaging 100 he looks to be below par but he is certainly doing well enough and should have easily enough to see off an under-performing Whitlock.
It doesn’t seem like great value but I would take the 4/5 from Bet Victor on Taylor (-2.5) to win.
James Wade to win @ 7/4 with Bet365
Rob Thornton to win @ 23/20 with Blue Square
Phil Taylor (-2.5) to win @ 4/5 with BetVictor
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• Expect maximums from the Scots
• Barney can triumph in Dutch battle
• Lewis can be Mr Maximum again
• Hammer nailed on to beat Wade
• Taylor to topple MVG again
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