Whitlock v Hamilton: Hamilton tempting underdog
Andy Hamilton and Simon Whitlock meet in yet another crunch match in the semi-finals of the 2012 Premier League. Hamilton battled his way to two victories at the Matchplay and the World Championships during the last 12 months, and the pair meet in another huge match for the third time in less than a year.
Whitlock is offered up as a best priced 4/7 favourite with Stan James, while Sportingbet are going best price 15/8 on outsider Hamilton. The Wizard, however, has had his fair share of troubles on the big stage against the Hammer. Whitlock has failed to defeat Hamilton in a televised match since a 5-1 win in the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts, suffering four defeats out of five. That being said, he has been the flashier of the two in the tournament posting more 180s and also holding the higher tournament average of the two. Hamilton is available with a 2.5 legs head start at a price of 8/11 with Boylesports for those who may be fearful of backing the Hammer outright against the higher placed Whitlock.
Total legs may also provide some potential return. Although the previous match ended with less than 12.5 legs – 12 to be exact – going with the overs may instead be where to go here. Whitlock was all but confirmed in name for the play-offs when the two met a fortnight ago, and it may be conceivable to think the Aussie's display was lacking effort in a meaningless game for the runner-up. Sky Bet go 4/5 that we see at least 13 legs.
Whitlock may have the statistics on the league table in his favour, but Hamilton has proven to be more than a match for Whitlock during their recent encounters. Back the Hammer on the handicap to be on the safe side.
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