Lewis v Wade: Machine has edge over Jackpot

The pair have met 27 times and the Machine has won 18

As favourites have consistently fallen around them, two men have kept their heads and done exactly what was expected of them, reaching the final four and setting up what should be a World Championship classic.

The way the tournament has been going it is something of a surprise that the second and third seeds have managed to progress to the semi-finals, but they have and the way they have both performed they both thoroughly deserve to be there.

Adrian Lewis was a whisker away from going out at the first time of asking as Nigel Heydon forged a two set lead in round one, but the World Champ fought hard to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. 

This seemed to settle Lewis’ nerves to an extent and although he hasn’t had it all his own way since, he hasn’t had quite the scare that the Undertaker gave him all the way back on the opening night of the competition.

What might be a worry for followers of Jackpot is that he was seriously bothered by the crowd during his 5-3 quarter-final win over Terry Jenkins. Lewis was coasting with a three set lead, but the crowd starting getting on his back and it really affected him badly as his scoring and finishing seriously went downhill and he cannot afford to let this happen again.

James Wade enjoyed a fairly serene path to the quarter-finals, but everything changed in the last eight when he met John Part. The pair produced an incredible nine set contest that went all the way to a dramatic sudden-death shootout. 

Getting through that epic duel will give the Machine confidence and belief that he can conquer all opponents,but it will also have taken a lot out of him mentally. He will need to use New Year’s Eve to regroup and get himself ready for one of the biggest matches of his career.

The bookmakers have decided that the World Champion is favourite for the match although there really is nothing in the odds with Lewis available at 4/5 and Wade at 5/4.

Although you can see why the bookies are backing the man who has reached a World Championship final over a man that hasn’t, the record does not look good for Jackpot. The pair have met 27 times and the Machine has won 18 compared to Lewis’ seven with two Premier League draws as well. In fact Wade has won the last five contests between the two and Jackpot hasn’t been successful since September 2010.

With this in mind I would suggest that backing Wade to reach his first World Championship final would be a reasonably smart way to kick off 2012.

Recommended Bet:

Wade to win @ 5/4 with William Hill

Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 31/12/2011 - 12:45 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Adrian Lewis

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