Lewis v Van Barneveld: Dutch delight in second home
Both Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld will be looking for the first wins of their Premier League campaign in Aberdeen this week, after each only took a point from their opening game despite seemingly set for more in the early stages.
Lewis cruised into a 6-1 lead in his epic match with Phil Taylor, before The Power came back to snatch a draw, while Barney also looked in control as he led 4-2 over Simon Whitlock at the midway point in their match.
But despite the dropped points they both were, quite justifiably, pleased with their night’s work.
“For him to hit a 112 average against me and not win shows that I played well,” said Lewis after his match.
“I thought I'd lost the game at 7-5 down but I fought back well to get the draw,” said Barney about his point.
So, with both men in good form, we should be in for another fascinating tussle this Thursday.
Barney’s mental state appears to be at a high point at the moment, and, although that could change at any point, we should try and take advantage of that while we can. He’ll also take encouragement from a partisan Scottish crowd who, over the years, have adopted the big Dutchman as one of their own.
Conversely, Lewis will be given the treatment; hopefully not the disgraceful treatment that he was given in Glasgow last year, but certainly a hostile reception. One aspect of Jackpot’s game that could still be improved upon is his camaraderie with the crowd; sometimes he still gets involved a little too much when they’re against him; which, unfairly, seems to be most of the time.
All things considered, there is room in the betting to take Lewis on at the 4/6 that Sky Bet offer. Barney is 9/4 in the Match Odds market that includes the draw, but a more conservative approach with only marginally smaller rewards is the 7/4 available on the Dutchman in the Draw No Bet market.
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