Anderson v Whitlock: Aussie to spoil the party
Gary Anderson returns to the scene of last year’s serious controversy in the hope that there is no repeat this time around when he faces Simon Whitlock.
It was almost a year ago to the day when Anderson travelled to the S.E.C.C. in Glasgow as the leader of the Premier League to face Adrian Lewis and the partisan Scottish crowd gave the world champion such a barracking, verbally and physically, that it affected Anderson to the extent he lost the match.
With Whitlock not coming from the hated nation of England he is unlikely to get a similar level of abuse, and hopefully the Glaswegian crowd will have been sufficiently embarrassed by last year for the match not to be affected this time around.
Both men have had mixed starts to the competition this time around and are struggling to find much consistency. Anderson in particular has struggled, especially with his usually immaculate scoring, which sees his tournament average sitting at a considerably below par 90.91. Despite this he occupies second position in the table, showing just how unpredictable this year’s Premier League has been.
History is often as good a barometer as any and in this competition it is the Scotsman who has the edge with victories in both matches between the two. He also has most victories overall, but it is the Wizard who won the last and biggest contest the pair have had in the quarter-finals of the world championships a few short months ago.
The bookmakers have made Anderson favourite, but I am not sure I agree, with the 7/4 on Whitlock looking very tempting. The Aussie has only averaged under 95 once in his first five matches and that looks like it will be enough to beat the Scot in this form.
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot to roll on
• Wade v Whitlock: Back the maximums
• Painter v Taylor: A potential whitewash
• Hamilton v Whitlock: A grudge match with no grudge
• Taylor v Wade: Machine can handle Power
• Lewis v Painter: Do or die time for Jackpot
• Anderson v Van Barneveld: Dutchman is most reliable bet
• Wade v Lewis: Revenge of the Machine
• Taylor v Hamilton: No relent in Power surge
• Van Barneveld v Painter: A Scottish homecoming
• 20/1 for another record-breaking average
• Painter v Hamilton: Tight match too close to call
• Lewis v Whitlock: Another Jackpot draw
• Wade v Barney: Form lines favour Dutchman
• Taylor v Anderson: Value in Power 180s