Lewis can be Mr Maximum again
It may not be the final match of the night in week two of the Premier League and it may not be the contest that brings the most cheers from the Aberdeen crowd but it is certainly the heavyweight clash of the night as Phil Taylor takes on Adrian Lewis.
Whenever the world number one takes on the number two in the rankings, in any sport, there will be a bit of a buzz and this should be the same, especially given the history these two have in the competition.
Lewis is one of the very few players who you always think has a chance against Taylor as he has proven in the past in the Premier League as he has beaten him twice (once in a semi-final) and drawn once since 2011. Yes Lewis has lost an awful lot more games against Taylor than he has won, but in this event you always think he has a chance.
His form, however, does not look the best. Even in winning the World Cup alongside Taylor earlier in the month he didn’t look very impressive and he was pretty poor in week one in losing to Simon Whitlock. Lewis always has a chance in beating Taylor, but his chances on current form look pretty remote.
Having said that, Taylor played pretty well but was still very lucky to pinch a draw off Michael van Gerwen in week one and will be more relieved that confident following yet another classic bout between the two men. These things don’t faze a man of his calibre though and he will take the point and be very prepared for the next battle.
Taylor will win this one but I fancy Lewis to step his game up and even in defeat he has every chance of hitting more maximums than the Power. We backed him to do just that last week and even losing by four legs he still managed to out-maximum the Wizard. So at 11/10 with Betfred to do the same looks a good price. Taylor’s best price to win is 6/10 which is not a tempting one, especially given his fairly inconsistent record against Jackpot in this competition.
The final contest of week two is just about the most one-sided in terms of odds of the night as Michael van Gerwen takes on Robert Thornton. The Scot will have the crowd on his side but it is unlikely to do him much good against Mighty Mike who started the tournament off well with a draw with the Power. Thornton went one better in beating Andy Hamilton but it seems very unlikely he will be able to back this up with another win.
Van Gerwen is 1/2 for the win in most places and that really does seem about right, as hard as Thornton will be trying in front of his own crowd he won’t be able to keep up with him. In fact, the pressure may be a hindrance if anything, especially if his form is anything to go by when representing Scotland at the World Cup.
Van Gerwen to win with a -2.5 handicap is odds-on in most places but Paddy Power have stuck their necks out and made it evens which looks a good deal to me. Thornton won’t be totally embarrassed but losing by three or four legs looks about right.
Adrian Lewis most 180s v Phil Taylor @ 11/10 with Betfred
Michael van Gerwen (-2.5) @ evens with Paddy Power
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