Wade v Painter: Bookies continue to disregard Artist
James Wade and Kevin Painter go head to head in the opening match of week 4 of the 2012 McCoy's Premier League darts this Thursday night in Exeter. Painter has surprised many with two early victories and a spirited display against Phil Taylor, while Wade goes into this tie pointless with three defeats from as many matches.
That doesn't deter the bookies, however, who make the out of sorts Wade the Even money favourite. Painter is yet again written off as the 15/8 outsider with Sportingbet while the draw comes in at 9/2. Although the head-to-head figures are 7-3 in favour of Wade, the pair haven't met for almost three years on television with just the one televised meeting overall in six years. The Artist was once again very impressive in an albeit surprising but comfortable 8-3 victory over the previously high flying Simon Whitlock last week, but will have to be on his guard to avoid a slip up against the steady Wade, who has posted a commendable tournament average of 94.19 so far.
The handicap market, therefore, has to appeal. Painter, who clearly has the form book pointing in his direction, is 10/11 with Boylesports with a two-leg head start. The Machine has consistency in his game and a very successful past history under his belt, but on form battler Painter has shown he has the tenacity to take these tight encounters all the way and once again the value on his side looks very appealing.
Perhaps the value bet of the night however may be in the double result. Painter is 100/30 with Sky Bet to be leading at both the interval and the end of the match against the stuttering Wade, as once again the bookmakers overlook the December 2011 Players Championship holder, who landed the odds last week against Whitlock at a price of 16/5.
While Wade is more than capable of obtaining the victory against Painter, the Daventry man has been proving his worth in the Premier League every week so far and once again he provides the value as the underdog.
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