Wade v Lewis: Revenge of the Machine
One of the few matches on the PDC tour that has some real needle to it as the contrasting personalities of Adrian Lewis and James Wade collide this week in Glasgow.
There have been some incredible battles between these two great players since they first clashed as very young men all the way back in 2005, and none more enthralling than their epic World Championship semi-final just over two months ago.
Until that unforgettable match-up it had seemed that the Machine had something of an Indian sign over the world champ, but the manner of Lewis’ comeback may well have ended any hoodoo Wade held over him.
However, it would be foolish to forget the hugely successful record Wade has against Jackpot that has seen the former mechanic prosper in two Matchplay semi-finals and a Grand Prix final among numerous other victories.
Wade also has the edge in the Premier League history between the two winning both of the duels the pair had last year and having only ever lost once to Jackpot in this competition.
The form guide would also suggest a win for the world number three who has picked up after a very poor start. Narrow wins over Kevin Painter and Raymond van Barneveld have dragged the ’09 champ off the foot of the table and put him very much in the mix.
Lewis is enduring a shocking start to this year’s league and no one would have thought he would be propping up the table without a win after five matches. Obviously he is going to click into gear at some stage, but whether he can do it against a now-in-form James Wade is very questionable.
The bookmakers can’t separate the two men with both available at best price 11/8 and Wade looks very good indeed at that price.
• 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
• Taylor v Hamilton: No relent in Power surge
• Van Barneveld v Painter: A Scottish homecoming
• 20/1 for another record-breaking average
• Painter v Hamilton: Tight match too close to call
• Lewis v Whitlock: Another Jackpot draw
• Wade v Barney: Form lines favour Dutchman
• Taylor v Anderson: Value in Power 180s