Lewis v Painter: Do or die time for Jackpot
It’s getting to the ‘do or die’ stage for Adrian Lewis in this year’s Premier League. If the two-time World Champion wants to be in with a chance of winning his maiden Premier League title he’ll need to start winning matches, and he’ll need to start this week against Kevin Painter.
As the halfway point approaches Lewis is still without a notch in the win column and props up the Premier League table with just three points from twice as many matches. He kicked off the campaign with three draws, followed that with three defeats, and will now be hoping that the sequence can continue with three consecutive wins.
In a frank interview with www.pdc.tv Jackpot admitted that his form is suffering and his chances of a top-four finish hang in the balance.
“The Play-Offs are a big doubt in my mind, obviously,” said Lewis. “I'm not performing, I'm very inconsistent but I'll get back on the practice board and try to work my way to the consistency which took me to two World titles.”
It’s an admission that should be music to the ears of his fans, and those considering a bet on Lewis this Thursday. A three-dart average of 98.59 in defeat to James Wade last week showed that he isn’t doing a great deal wrong, and although Painter edges the all-time head-to-head record Lewis has won the last four meetings between the pair.
Given that Lewis will be looking for victory above all else it is advised to avoid the handicap markets in this match, instead opting for a straight-up bet on Jackpot at Boylesports’ 4/6.
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot to roll on
• 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
• 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