Whitlock v Wade: In-form Wizard has the edge
Simon Whitlock and James Wade will be searching for their first wins of the 2012 Premier League when they clash this Thursday Night in Aberdeen. Despite a barrage of missed doubles, Whitlock was able to use his heavy scoring to secure a draw against Raymond Van Barneveld, while Wade was lacklustre in an 8-5 defeat against Andy Hamilton.
Whitlock is a shade of odds-on to win at 10/11, while Paddy Power offer up Wade at 7/4 and the draw is on offer at 5/1 with Boylesports. Whitlock posted an average of four points higher than Wade in week one, and displayed some impressive form at the weekend’s UK Open qualifiers in Crawley, reaching two semi-finals. Wade, meanwhile, carried his lukewarm form into Crawley too with a best performance of the third round on Saturday. The Wizard has also won the past five meetings of the pair, which provides more ammo to back the Aussie in this one, whilst also justifying his tag as favourite.
The handicap market also may prove enticing. 2010 World finalist Whitlock is priced up at 6/4 with Bet365 to win by 2.5 legs for those confident enough to believe the former bricklayer will have a slightly easier path to victory.
With Whitlock a short price in the match betting, the correct score may provide some more interest with the larger odds. World number five Whitlock is available at 17/2 for an 8-4 victory. Recent performances over the weekend and the difference in averages during week on suggest the Aussie could win this one with some legs to spare.
William Hill also go 4/5 we see over 6.5 180s during the match. Both players recorded a combined total of six maximums in week one, and with both surely starting to settle in the league, expect that total to be bettered.
While Wade will be his usual consistent self on the ton plus scoring and on the checkouts, Whitlock’s power scoring should prove too much for an out of sorts Wade.
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