Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot to roll on
The first of two matches this Thursday evening for Adrian Lewis comes against fellow Stokie Andy Hamilton. The pair dished up an enthralling 7-7 draw when they met in Belfast earlier in the campaign, but it is Jackpot who goes into this match on the front foot.
The untimely death of Gary Anderson’s father last week means that Lewis will play twice this Thursday, and could move up to second position in the table if he were to win both his matches in Cardiff. Having only recorded his first victory of the season last week, it would be quite a turnaround for the World Champion.
His second match of the night, against Raymond van Barneveld looks a tough one on current form, but I do expect Lewis to kick the night off positively against The Hammer.
Despite a solid start to the campaign, and his protestations that the bookies shouldn’t be making him favourite to finish bottom of the table, Hamilton is struggling to live with the relentless requirements of the Premier League. Having never played in the tournament The Hammer has never previously in his career been required to produce consistently brilliant darts on a weekly basis. And the harsh realities of such a task are beginning to show.
Lewis will be buoyed by his win over Kevin Painter last week and can go on to record a quick-fire double over the two Premier League debutants this week. The 4/6 that BetVictor offer on a Jackpot win are plenty appealing enough, but I wouldn’t put anyone off also backing Lewis with a -2.5 legs handicap at odds of 10/11.
• 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
• Anderson v Whitlock: Aussie to spoil the party
• 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