Wade v Hamilton: Time is running out
While it is not quite time for the bell to toll for those near the foot of the Premier League, their opportunities are running out, and the pressure will be on Andy Hamilton to get a result against James Wade this Thursday in Bournemouth.
The Hammer made the perfect Premier League debut by defeating the Machine but has picked up only one more victory since then and finds himself just half way to the fabled 14 points that is thought necessary to qualify for the semi-finals.
With just four weeks remaining of the league stage he will probably have to win at least three of his last quartet of matches to progress, and when he has won just two of his first 10, it becomes a tricky task.
Wade, however, is in the much more enviable position of third in the table on 10 points and looking in fine fettle after getting back to winning ways last week. Gary Anderson may not have been at his best in Sheffield but Wade’s 101 average and checkout success at over 50% would have been too much for most and if he can replicate that on the south coast then he is sure to pick up another two points.
Since the Machine got on track in week four, only Taylor and a distraction against Lewis have cost him points and I can’t see Hamilton being able to become one of these anomalies on Wade’s recent record.
The Hammer does have a decent record against the world number three and a 100% one in this competition, but the tide has turned since that match in Manchester and I expect Wade to strengthen his bid for a place in the final four with a sixth win; at the same time providing a hammer blow to Andy’s chances.
• Lewis v Anderson: Value now with Scot
• Taylor v Whitlock: Wizard to break Power duck
• Barney v Hamilton: No room for error
• Wade v Painter: Machine to reboot
• Taylor v Lewis: Jackpot thrives on big games
• Barney v Whitlock: Momentum is with Dutchman
• Anderson v Painter: Win or bust
• Anderson 33/1 to defend Premier League crown
• Taylor v Barney: Still a spectacle to behold
• Wade v Anderson: In-form Machine is the only bet
• Whitlock v Painter: Wizard seeks revenge
• Hamilton v Taylor: Another handicap win for Power
• Whitlock v Anderson: Wizard to show bouncebackability
• Lewis v Wade: Rivalries renewed
• Painter v Van Barneveld: Barney to land the 180 odds