Lewis lands inviting World Championships draw
Adrian Lewis was handed an appealing draw in defence of his World Championship crown, and was subsequently shortened in the betting to retain his title.
Lewis, seeded number 2, will play Nigel Heydon in his opening round match. Should he win he would then play Robert Thornton or Ian White in the second round followed by a possible third round tie against Wayne Jones. All opponents that he will be quoted at long odds-on to defeat.
Things become a little trickier at the quarter-finals stage where he could meet Wes Newton or Terry Jenkins, and should he progress to the final four he’d be on a collision course with James Wade.
The most important factor, which his seeding predetermined, is that he is on the opposite side of the draw to Phil Taylor, and, for good measure, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld also.
Following Tuesday’s draw Paddy Power saw fit to cut Lewis’s odds on winning a second PDC World Championship title from 15/2 to 6/1, while Ladbrokes offer odds of 9/2 on a Taylor versus Lewis final.
The Power remains Paddy Power’s Even money favourite to win a 16th world title, with Gary Anderson the third-favourite in the betting at odds of 8/1. Taylor will play Haruki Muramatsu or Dennis Nilsson in his first round match while the Scot is the 1/9 favourite to see off German Jyhan Artut in his opener.