Painter v Hamilton: Tight match too close to call
Just like this year there were two newcomers in the Premier League last time around, and in the two clashes in 2011 Gary Anderson battered Mark Webster 8-1; it’s fair to say both Kevin Painter and Andy Hamilton would do nigh on anything to match the achievements of the Scot.
It is still relatively early days in this year’s competition, but this is a huge game for both these men because they will each have targeted the other as a beatable opponent.
Painter has made the better start of the two to his debut Premier League campaign with four points from four games, but he was poor last time out and really missed a chance to pick up a third win in a low scoring match against James Wade.
What will have frustrated The Artist most about last week was that his finishing was impeccable, hitting six out of 11 attempts at a double, but he missed at the crucial times and his scoring wasn’t good enough against the throw.
The Hammer had an equally irritating week in Exeter as it looked for much of his match against Barney that he was going to pull off a big win, but he was on the wrong end of a Van Barneveld barrage in the last four legs, losing them all and suffering a narrow defeat.
It is incredibly difficult to pick a winner from these two very evenly matched players although the bookies have Hamilton as a marginal favourite. History is on the side of the world finalist who has the better of the head-to-head record and won the biggest match these two have played in the quarter-final of the Grand Prix in ’09.
It is far too close to pick a winner though and if anything the draw at 9/2 looks the most tempting if you want to bet on the result.
The bet that stands out to me is the 180 market; the pair hit just one maximum between them last week and you can get under 5.5 180s at 6/5 with Sky Bet. Over the tournament so far they are averaging 5.75 maximums a match between them so it’s on the cusp, but I don’t expect a high scoring contest.
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot to roll on
• Wade v Whitlock: Back the maximums
• Painter v Taylor: A potential whitewash
• Hamilton v Whitlock: A grudge match with no grudge
• Taylor v Wade: Machine can handle Power
• Lewis v Painter: Do or die time for Jackpot
• Anderson v Van Barneveld: Dutchman is most reliable bet
• Anderson v Whitlock: Aussie to spoil the party
• Wade v Lewis: Revenge of the Machine
• Taylor v Hamilton: No relent in Power surge
• Van Barneveld v Painter: A Scottish homecoming
• 20/1 for another record-breaking average
• Lewis v Whitlock: Another Jackpot draw
• Wade v Barney: Form lines favour Dutchman
• Taylor v Anderson: Value in Power 180s