Lewis v Whitlock: Another Jackpot draw
Adrian Lewis and Simon Whitlock will be looking to bounce back after defeats in week four of the 2012 Premier League darts in their bid to break into the top four.
Both men are currently tied, in the bottom half of the table, on three points with Lewis being the only player in the league so far not to record a victory. The bookies are also struggling to split the pair with each player being presented as the favourite among different bookmakers. Lewis is a best price 11/8 favourite with William Hill while Whitlock is offered up at a best of 7/5 with Boylesports.
The draw, however, looks appealing. Lewis has the better head to head record in front of the TV cameras with five wins to Whitlock's one, but other than a blip against Kevin Painter in week three, the more impressive darts displayed by the Australian throughout this year's league makes this a match that may be worth sitting on the fence for, with the draw looking a large 9/2 for what is likely to be a tight encounter. It could also be worth noting each player has won exactly 22 legs each in the tournament so far, with only two more legs lost overall by Lewis. There is also only two points between the pair in the averages, which may well have been even less save for Lewis' dire 86 average against Gary Anderson a week ago.
One area to expect a winner to prevail however is the total 180s market. Despite only playing two more legs in the whole tournament, Jackpot has hit seven more maximums, 17 in total to Whitlock's 10. The reigning world champion thus looks a good bet to land the odds at evens.
With the bookmakers struggling to split the pair as well as statistics and recent form, back the draw at 9/2.
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