Lewis v Whitlock: Pressure on Jackpot
Adrian Lewis goes into his final league match against Simon Whitlock knowing a defeat will end his 2012 Premier League hopes. The two-time world champion was well beaten a week ago against Kevin Painter and he will have to up his game to defeat the qualified Whitlock.
The Stoke man is the 23/20 favourite to get the win he requires to guarantee his play-off spot, while Whitlock is available at 13/8 with Sky Bet to finish on a high and the draw at 9/2 across the board.
Lewis, however, has a habit of getting the job done in the big matches. From his comeback against James Wade in the World Championships, and two terrific results against Phil Taylor in this year's tournament, the two-time world champion has shown the bottle required to get through tense situations. Some may point to him blowing his chance to qualify against Painter last week, but Lewis often finds himself in these must win matchups because of prior slip ups.
It is often forgotten Lewis was almost knocked out in round one of the World Championships against Nigel Heydon after a very sloppy start before winning three straight sets which eventually led to a second World title. Jackpot also saw Kevin Painter miss three match darts to defeat him in the 1st round of the 2011 Matchplay and was only sent packing after an impressive run to the semi finals.
Lewis is also the 180 leader in the tournament with 55 maximums thus far, a further 12 ahead of the Aussie on 43, and looks a good price at even money to go with the form book.
The Wizard wasn't at his sharpest last week with his position looking safe then, and with qualification now officially secured due to other results, he will most likely not have the drive required to match Lewis here. Back Jackpot to win.
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