Whitlock v Hamilton: Big price on Hammer
Andy Hamilton heads into his week 13 battle with Simon Whitlock knowing anything less than a victory knocks him out of the tournament. The Hammer let a 3-0 lead slip last week against Raymond Van Barneveld to record his third successive draw as he desperately needs to change that pattern and record maximum points against The Wizard.
Whitlock is a best priced 8/13 favourite, while Hamilton is yet again the outsider at 3/1. The draw at 11/2 with Skybet must appeal with Hamilton the specialist of the league, having tied his last three and holds the tournament high total of five.
There are reasons to favour Hamilton here too. The pair have faced each other three times on the big stage since July, with Hamilton having been somewhat of a bogeyman lately for the Aussie. Hamilton has two victories to his name in two huge matches at the World Matchplay and the World Championships. The Hammer also held Whitlock to a draw, week 7 in Dublin.
While Whitlock has not yet confirmed his place in the last four, even if results go against him, he will still remain in the play-off spots, and as a result of this match not being of the must win variety, some complacency or a lack of motivation could play a part in his performance. Also, in spite of a league low two victories, the last time Andy Hamilton lost a match by more than two legs was in week six; an 8-3 defeat to Phil Taylor.
Boylesports are giving Hamilton a 2.5 legs head start at Even money, a nice price considering what’s at stake and the recent results between the two players as mentioned. Back the Hammer to land the handicap market in this one.
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