Anderson v Wade: Unfortunate Wade to get off the mark
James Wade is still looking for his first point in the Premier League this season after a customary slow start from The Machine; he faces a Gary Anderson, who has also been well below par, in Belfast this Thursday evening.
Having stared down the barrel of an 8-0 whitewash against Simon Whitlock in Aberdeen last week Wade showed plenty of character and quality to wrestle his way back into the match. And despite the one-sided scoreline of the opening exchanges the Englishman could be forgiven for feeling a little hard done by.
Missed darts at a double were rarely poorly thrown arrows, and on another day he could have been at lest level going in at the break. It wasn’t to be however, and a 96.08 three-dart average, despite 18 missed doubles is a testament to the idea that he isn’t playing too badly.
Anderson, conversely, fell on the opposite side of fortune’s fence last week. Having lost to Kevin Painter on the opening night with a measly 80 average, he upped that only marginally to 84.98 last week, but managed to notch up a deceptively emphatic 8-2 win over Andy Hamilton. For once it was the Scot’s doubling that led him to victory, although the Hammer rather handed him the points on a silver platter with 19 missed darts at a finishing double.
So neither player will come into this week’s game in particularly confident mood, yet despite the table it should be Wade that is more comfortable with his game.
“My confidence has gone out of the window, but it's going to be an important night for us both and we'll both be desperate to perform well,” said Anderson of this Thursday’s match.
A Gary Anderson without confidence is like a car without wheels, a tap without water, a bar without alcohol. Granted, that confidence is often only a 180 or a big checkout away, but in his current form the Scot is well worth taking on against a player of Wade’s calibre.
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