Rampant Jackpot can win big again
Adrian Lewis proved why he was DartsBettingNews.co.uk’s tip for the tournament in round one as he fired in a 103.7 average to beat Monty Tuhua, now he should have no problem seeing off Wes Newton in his second contest.
Jackpot is clearly still in the fine form that saw him win the European Championship and reach the final of the World Matchplay and that is why he comes into this one at such a tiny best price of 4/9 with Bet Victor. Newton looked pretty good himself in round one but with Lewis in full swing then he will struggle to keep pace with the double world champ.
The second round sees a race to eight legs for the remaining eight players and over that distance Lewis should win by at least three. He is odds-on in most places with a -2.5 handicap but Bet365 are offering evens on that market which looks too good to turn down.
The star of the first round was undoubtedly Clinton Bridge who produced one of the upsets of the season by beating Raymond van Barneveld 6-5, however, his reward is a battle with Michael van Gerwen which is one he will not be able to win.
MVG didn’t have to be at his very best but was still in good enough form to whitewash Gordon Mathers in round one and although Bridge will be full of confidence, an on-song MVG will be far too much for him. Again the handicap looks our best market with Mighty Mike on -5.5 looking good at evens with Bet365.
Phil Taylor was another to impress first up as his clinical finishing saw him demolish Kyle Anderson 6-1 and sets up a game with Paul Nicholson who looked nervy to say the least as he beat Warren Parry. The Asset will probably now prefer the role of underdog against the Power though and his performance is bound to improve.
The Power will win this one, he is playing far too well for an upset to occur but Nicholson will not be embarrassed and is more than capable of taking four or five legs off the world number one. Over 11.5 legs is odds-on everywhere except Paddy Power who make it 11/10 and that is a very generous offer indeed.
Finally there is a tasty looking clash between Simon Whitlock and Andy Hamilton which should be a cracking way to finish the session. Whitlock was in fine form in round one hitting five 180s on his way to a whitewash win over Jamie Mathers, the Hammer was less convincing but still got the job done against Beau Anderson.
The Wizard is clearly in great scoring rhythm and it is quite surprising he is odds-against to again hit the most maximums in this one, so I think we should accept Sky Bet’s generosity and back the Aussie at 6/5.
Adrian Lewis (-2.5) to win @ evens with Bet365
Michael van Gerwen (-5.5) to win @ evens with Bet365
Phil Taylor v Paul Nicholson over 11.5 legs @ 11/10 with Paddy Power
Simon Whitlock most 180s v Andy Hamilton @ 6/5 with Sky Bet