Lewis v Anderson: Value now with Scot
Adrian Lewis comes into this week’s match against Gary Anderson with his Premier League aspirations rejuvenated following an impressive win over Phil Taylor last time out. Anderson, on the other hand, will be keen to get this Premier League season over with after what has been a miserable defence of his title.
Lewis wasn’t at his brilliant best in beating The Power last week, but the fact that he didn’t need to be should give him even greater confidence going forwards. Big darts at crucial junctures, including a brilliant 160 checkout under pressure, saw Jackpot upset the odds and end Taylor’s unbeaten record in the competition.
Anderson, meanwhile, continued his miserable run of form with an 8-4 defeat to Kevin Painter that left the defending champion bottom of the table and at odds of 250/1 to retain his title. The Scot has now not won a match in the Premier League since week four.
That win, however, was a convincing 8-1 triumph over Lewis. Opposing Anderson in recent weeks has been an obvious bet; his form has been poor, he hasn’t been practising as much as he needs to and bookies have continued to price him at prohibitively short odds. But when one of those factors changes perhaps it is time to alter our stance.
Bookmakers have lost patience with the Scot and are now pricing him at odds of 11/4 for the win this week. At those odds he simply has to be backed.
The adage “form is temporary, class is permanent” best describes my thoughts on this one. Anderson still has the game to beat anyone in the world; it’s in there somewhere. And at those odds there is value in betting on it shining through this week.
Anderson to beat Lewis @ 11/4 with Bet365
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