Wade v Whitlock: Back the maximums
With the Premier League entering its third straight week outside of England it will be Simon Whitlock rather than James Wade who will be expecting the support of the crowd, but the bookmakers cannot separate these two in terms of who will walk out of Cardiff with the two points.
Both men have been in very good form over the last few weeks and both will be happy with where they currently sit in the league table.
Whitlock has not been beaten in his last three contests, averaging over 96 in both his wins over Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson and then again in his thrilling draw with Andy Hamilton.
Wade averaged over 102 last week in his heavy defeat by Phil Taylor, so shouldn’t be too bothered by the loss, especially after winning three straight matches before that performance last week in Dublin.
When the two men met back in week two in Aberdeen it was a very even affair, but the Australian prospered thanks to some fairly shoddy finishing from The Machine. The scoring was near identical, but Wade’s four out of 22 successful attempts at a double compared to Whitlock’s eight from 16 was the difference, and he can’t afford to be so wasteful again.
Choosing between these two is incredibly difficult at the moment and their history in this tournament is no help. Last year they beat each other 8-5 in the two contests and the year before they won one each, both matches finishing 8-4.
If I was going to pick a winner I would slightly favour the Machine, but whatever happens it will certainly be a high quality affair and I fancy there to be over 6.5 maximums which Coral are offering the best odds for.
Over 6.5 180s @ 5/6 with Coral
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot to roll on
• 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
• 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