Hamilton v Wade: Hammer time in Manchester

Wade is consistently a very slow starter in the Premier League

The 2012 Premier League gets underway in some style on Thursday as the opening contest sees the 2009 champion James Wade taking on the World Championship runner-up Andy Hamilton.

The Hammer will be relishing the prospect of making his debut in the competition in Manchester and, although it has been a month now, he will still be buoyant from his incredible run to the final at the Alexandra Palace.

He has always competed on the big stage, but his performance in the biggest tournament of them all will have given him a new confidence that could see him really start to play with the big boys on a regular basis now he is number seven in the world.

One thing that will be of slight concern to fans of the Stokie is that he was less than inspiring in the two Players Championship events in Benidorm at the end of last month. He went out at the last 32 stage of both events which will have disappointed him, but having lost to quality competition like Steve Beaton and Justin Pipe he shouldn’t be too down-hearted.

Wade obviously came away from the festivities at the Ally Pally in a much less jubilant mood than the Hammer, but he is a very experienced stage player now and that disappointment should not set him back too much.

What is a problem for the Machine though is that he is consistently a very slow starter in the Premier League. In 2010 he reached the final, but it took him six weeks to win a game in the group stage; and last year he won just two of his first eight which proved too much for him to come back from and qualify for the semis.

The huge gulf in Premier League experience means that Wade is big favourite to kick-off with a win, but Hamilton’s preparation for this competition will have been immaculate and Wade’s historically has been poor, so I think backing the Hammer at 14/5 looks very tempting.

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Andy Hamilton to win @ 14/5 with Sportingbet

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 08/02/2012 - 11:29 AM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News

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