Lewis v Taylor: Repeat performance for Jackpot
In a repeat of last year’s opening night fixture Adrian Lewis faces Phil Taylor, as the world champion takes on the world number one.
12 months ago Lewis ran out an 8-2 victor to inflict Taylor’s heaviest defeat in seven years of the Premier League. It was a loss that inspired The Power to go on and win his remaining 13 games to top the group, before being eliminated by Jackpot at the semi-finals stage by an 8-3 scoreline.
Both players will go into this one in buoyant mood having lifted the PDC World Cup for England in Hamburg at the weekend, but each will harbour some concerns about their own form. Lewis carried Taylor through the opening rounds in Germany, while the roles were reversed in the latter stages as the younger of the two men became visibly exhausted.
Having had time to recover physically I’d give Lewis the edge, form wise, going into tonight’s game. While Taylor was proficient on the trebles towards the end of the weekend, his finishing remained woeful by his standards, and over a short format that can make a huge difference.
But the bookmakers are not of the same opinion. Sky Bet, amongst others, offer odds of 2/1 on a Lewis victory, with 8/11 available on a Taylor win and 9/2 for the draw.
The Power may just have played his way into form at the weekend, but until we see evidence of that being carried over to the Premier League he has to be worth opposing. Especially when up against the world champion.
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