Lewis v Wade: Rivalries renewed
It was a strange week for Adrian Lewis in Cardiff last Thursday. He lost the game he was expected to win (against Andy Hamilton) then took two points from a match that he was made the betting outsider for (against Raymond van Barneveld).
The two points earned kept Jackpot in the running for a top-four finish and semi-final berth, but he still has it all to do in his remaining five matches. Despite beating Barney, Lewis still doesn’t appear happy on the Premier League stage this season and his handling of the crowd in Wales begs the question as to whether he is mentally in the right place at the moment.
And one man who has been able to exploit the two-time World Champion’s fragilities better than most over the years is James Wade. The Machine has won 19 of the 29 matches played between the two and has lost just one of the last eight head-to-heads – although that one defeat did come in the biggest match of them all, the World Championship semi-finals.
Wade’s 8-5 win when the two met in Glasgow will have helped banish some of those Alexandra Palace memories for The Machine, and another triumph here, consequently reducing Lewis’s chances of a top-four finish, would further help the healing process.
If pushed for a bet on the match result I’d opt for the 5/6 offered on Wade in the Draw No Bet market. But considering Lewis’s erratic play at the moment it’s probably worth avoiding a bet on the outcome of this fixture.
Instead, lets look to the 180s markets. In their Glasgow meeting Jackpot hit seven maximums to Wade’s four, while the tournament statistics show Lewis at the top of the 180s table with 37 and Wade in fifth on 25. Ladbrokes offer Even money odds on Lewis to hit the most 180s in this match, while Sky Bet’s Evens on there being more than 7.5 maximums in the match also looks an appealing price.
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