Painter v Lewis: Back Jackpot 180s
Both Kevin Painter and Adrian Lewis are looking for victories that will keep their Premier League semi-final aspirations on course when they meet in Birmingham this Thursday. Victory for Lewis would move him to the fabled 14-point mark, while Painter would still be in the hunt on 11 if he were to pick up the win.
“It's a really tough competition this year and I've still got work to do,” said Lewis.
“Kevin's got nothing to lose and I'm expecting him to play well because he's in a position like Gary was last Thursday. They're fighting for their lives.”
It was a bizarre comment from the world champion who appears to have completely discarded Painter’s chances of going through to the semi-finals. Not something The Artist is ready to do just yet, despite the enormity of the task at hand.
“My chances of qualifying for the top four are very slim now but these boys have still got to qualify and they've got to play me,” Painter told pdc.tv.
“Adrian's a class player. If he's in the mood you've got your work cut out, but I've been in the mood for the past few weeks and maybe not quite got the rewards I should have in some of the games.
"If I play like I did last week he'll have to play well to beat me.”
Lewis has defeated Painter in each of their previous five meetings and although Jackpot dropped a point against Anderson last week, he did very little wrong in the match.
I wouldn’t put anyone off backing Lewis at the 1/2 odds offered by Sportingbet, but I prefer the 8/13 that they offer about the 27-year-old hitting more than 3.5 180s in the match. He hit six in his match against Anderson last week and has hit a tournament high of 51 so far this campaign.
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