Lewis v Thornton: A Thorn in the Champ's side

and to win in such a manner will surely have boosted his confidence

The amount of surprise results that the first round produced means that of the 16 games in the second round, only two involve seeded players going head to head. Both Adrian Lewis and Robert Thornton managed to avoid potential banana skins, though, in their opening contests and have safely navigated a route to the last-32 stage.

The defending champion came through one of the matches of the first round on the opening night of the tournament, coming back from two sets down against a rampant Nigel Heydon to sneak through in a sudden death shoot out. It had looked for all money that the pressure of coming into the competition as the reigning champ had got to Lewis irreparably, but he showed the fighting spirit that comes with being the world title holder and to win in such a manner will surely have boosted his confidence.

The Thorn had one of the more straight forward matches of the first round, averaging a solid 93 to see off Ian White 3-1 as he looks to reach the last 16 at the Alexandra Palace for the third consecutive year.

The Scotsman has not had the best of years on the circuit, struggling with illness hasn’t helped and a run to the quarter-finals at the UK Open has probably been the highlight. After a blistering start to his PDC career a couple of years back, this relative barren spell in terms of victories has seen him fall to 31 in the world, and that is why he must face the world champion at this early stage.

On his day Thornton can mix it with the best of them, but he will really need to be at his very best to stay in touch with Lewis who has an impressive 8-2 record in the head to head between the pair. I expect the champ to prosper, but Thornton is more than capable of picking up a couple of sets so the odds of 6/5 for there to be over 5.5 sets from Sky Bet are tempting.

Recommended Bet:

Over 5.5 sets @ 6/5 with Sky Bet

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 22/12/2011 - 19:55 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Adrian Lewis

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