PDC World Championship Tips: Time for Jackpot to step up

World champ Lewis can take advantage of Ovens' problems, and in some style.

Jaymes Monte is expecting the defending champion to flex his muscle this Saturday evening...

"Lewis knows that it’s now time for him to step up his game."

Back Lewis to win 4-0 @ 2.68/5

There was very little to excite about the way that Adrian Lewis began the defence of his world crown on night one of the championships. But then again, the same could have been said 12 months ago, and that didn't deter Jackpot.

Listen to any first-round winner, specifically the seeded players, and they'll tell you that in the opening week at Ally Pally it is all about qualifying for the second stage. From there on in the players can get their teeth stuck into the tournament.

Last year Lewis came back from opening round wobbles to beat Robert Thornton 4-2. This year he has been afforded the luxury of a second round clash with a drastically out-of-sorts Denis Ovens.

The Heat has been suffering with thoracic outlet syndrome (a syndrome that effects the neck and shoulder) for 12 months now, and the consequential problems were clearly evident in his first round struggle against Prelim qualifier Max Hopp.

Ovens eventually beat the exciting young German 3-2, but posted the lowest winning three-dart average of the first round and was slightly fortunate to see Hopp crumble under the pressure. Now ranked number 32 in the world, this may be the last time we see Ovens on this stage.

Lewis knows that it's now time for him to step up his game, and this match offers him the perfect opportunity to lay down a marker. Take the 2.68/5 about a 4-0 whitewash for the defending champion.

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