Lewis v Hamilton: Champ to notch first victory
There will be a number of World Championship finals repeated in this year’s Premier League, but none more recent than January’s showpiece event less than two months ago between Adrian Lewis and Andy Hamilton, which comes to pass again this week in Belfast.
The war for the World Championships this year may have been one of the most entertaining ever, but the final battle to lift the crown didn’t match the standard of the rest of the tournament really.
As we all know Lewis lifted his second title and he did so with relative ease as the Hammer only shone in patches and ended up winning just three of the 10 sets played.
In the much shorter format of the Premier League though it can take just one prolonged burst from the so-called lesser player to come away with a result and as Hamilton showed in week one against James Wade, he is more than capable of that.
The tournament’s early table bares out what many expected, which was potentially the closest in the history of the Premier League and these two are part of the group of five that are level on two points, although Hamilton’s heavy defeat to Gary Anderson last week means he is lagging behind on leg difference.
The Hammer is adamant that he has put that significant loss behind him, but there is no doubt that it will have brought him back down to earth with a bang after his initial success.
Lewis will be frustrated not to have a win on the board as yet having been pegged back to a draw in both his opening contests and he will be desperate to get that first number in the “W” column.
The record between the two men is actually very even, but I can’t look beyond the world champ who is rightly the strong 4/7 favourite to prosper.
The majority of bookies are remaining fairly conservative on the Lewis handicaps, but bet365 have stuck their head above the parapet with 11/10 on a Lewis (-2.5) win, which looks good to me.
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