MVG and Lewis set for another epic
The Pro Tour Order of Merit has worked in the viewers’ favour on Saturday at the Players Championship Finals with a number of stellar contests, and none are bigger than Adrian Lewis taking on Michael van Gerwen for the tenth time this year.
Whilst Phil Taylor’s dominance has been the story of the year, the battle for second place in the rankings between these two has been equally as compelling and it is set to rumble on for many years to come.
Lewis is favourite for victory in Minehead at a best price of 10/11 with Sky Bet with MVG just marginally behind at 21/20 with Sporting Bet. What is always a decent bet in the duels between these two is backing a lengthy contest with them being so well matched. Over 15.5 legs is a tempting best price of 6/5 with Bet Victor but I would be more tempted to play it safe and take the 8/11 with Sky Bet on it going over 14.5 legs. It may be a pretty skinny price but in a race to nine that is nailed on and can be backed with confidence.
The immediately obvious value bet in the second round is to back the star of Friday’s action Robert Thornton to beat Raymond van Barneveld. The Thorn averaged a mammoth 104.21 in despatching Richie Burnett and is incredibly a best price of 13/8 with Ladbrokes to see-off Barney in the last 16.
The Dutchman showed some impressive fight to edge out Mervyn King on Friday but in truth Thornton is playing much better than him at the moment and the Scotsman should be backed at that very generous price.
Another obviously tempting price is the 13/8 offered by Sky Bet on Brendan Dolan beating Andy Hamilton. Dolan has been in great form of late winning two Players Championship events in November and reaching the final of the Dutch Darts Masters in October. Hamilton, in comparison has not been at his best for a little while and averaged just 75 as he scraped past John Part in round one. Dolan looks a fantastic price at 13/8 and could prove very profitable indeed.
Adrian Lewis v Michael van Gerwen over 14.5 legs @ 8/11 with Sky Bet
Robert Thornton to win @ 13/8 with Ladbrokes
Brendan Dolan to win @ 13/8 with Sky Bet