Whitlock v Hamilton: Progressive Hammer offers value

Hamilton has upped his average in the last three games from 95 to 99 and then to 102

Simon Whitlock and Andy Hamilton play the first of our two semi finals New Year’s day at the Ladbrokes World Championship. Whitlock, one must feel will be gunning for revenge after dropping nine straight legs against Hamilton in a colossal collapse at the Matchplay in July.

Whitlock is the favourite at 1/2 to gain some revenge and Hamilton comes in at the outside price of 2/1. The value may well lie with the Hammer, however. Hamilton it could be argued is getting better as the tournament has progressed upping his average in the last three games from 95 to 99 and then to 102. Whitlock has been dipping ever so slightly with each game too. After a blazing 105 in round one, he has since progressed down from 96 to a high 95 and a low 95, with the longer format perhaps aggravating his injured ankle.

Bet 365 go 5/4 that we see more than nine sets. With less than one point in the overall tournament averages it is likely we'll be seeing two players of a similar standard potentially going the distance.

The Hammer is also priced up at 11/10 with a 1.5 set head start with Sky Bet. The Stoke man has been ever consistent so far in the tournament, despite some tense matches, and this could prove a nice safety bet if Whitlock posts another blistering start.

The casual punter looking for some interest may also look to the correct score market with some score lines generously priced. Whitlock is priced up at 15/2 for a 6-5 victory, while Hamilton looks generous at 10/1 to nick it by the same score line in a last set decider.

In what is a tough game to predict, the rising averages of Hamilton and the odds on offer point to the betting value being with the Hammer.

Recommended Bet:

Back Andy Hamilton @ 2/1 with Betfed

Written By:- Michael McGhee (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 31/12/2011 - 17:57 PM
Filed in:- PDC World Championship Betting News, Simon Whitlock

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