Lewis v Heydon: Champ to progress in facile fashion
Adrian Lewis begins the defence of his World Championship Crown this Thursday night against tournament debutant Nigel Heydon.
Jackpot is a whopping 1/9 favourite to come out as the victor, while few will give Heydon a chance at 6/1.
Heydon who works as an Undertaker for a living is appearing on the TV stage for only the second time this year after an early exit in Wolverhampton at the Grand Slam, and a victory here would most certainly be among the biggest shocks in televised darts history in a game where he is unlikely to be able to live with the power scoring of Lewis.
Punters will be enticed by the odds of 11/8 on offer for the Stoke thrower to win 3-0, and while Lewis is often prone to dips in concentration, he should surely have enough to win this game by a reasonable margin. Heydon averaged a poor 89 overall in Wolverhampton, which will unlikely trouble the reigning Champion of the World.
Odds of 1/3 say that Lewis will lead the maximums market, which is hard to argue with after he finished up at the Grand Slam having hit 30 180s; more than Phil Taylor and only behind runner-up Gary Anderson, despite playing a game less.
The heavy scoring of Lewis has the bookies believing we’ll see over 3.5 180s at the odds on price of 8/11. It should also be noted Heydon hit a maximum in all three of his games at the Grand Slam of Darts.
It is very difficult to believe Nigel Heydon can upset the odds and win this. It wouldn’t be unfair either to say Heydon may well be pleased to just keep the game close, however, the ability of Lewis and statistics say that this will not be the case.
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