Wayne Mardle on the World MatchPlay: Lewis to edge high quality encounter with Anderson

Wayne expects a cracker as Lewis takes on Anderson (throwing)
Wayne expects a cracker as Lewis takes on Anderson (throwing)

Wayne's frustrating run came to an end last night, with a lovely 9.89/1 correct score winner as Michael van Gerwen beat Dave Chisnall 16-12. In today's column, he predicts another close encounter as Adrian Lewis takes on Gary Anderson...

"I think Adrian will prevail in the end. Why? He plays well over the longer formats and seems to relax more when it's a marathon not a sprint while Gary is always a bit edgy."

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Back Adrian Lewis to beat Gary Anderson at 1.768/11 


Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
Friday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports 1

I made a pact to myself years ago: never get involved in a match where Gary Anderson was one of the participants.

Backing Gary is more stressful than having a downhill three-foot slider of a putt on the 18th green for a fiver!

You're never sure if he will oblige - even when he's leading and looks in total control you're waiting for it to all go wrong. 

But lately the Flying Scotsman has been as reliable as anyone on the oche and he will run Adrian Lewis very close tonight.

I think, though, that Adrian will prevail in the end. Why? He plays well over the longer formats and seems to relax more when it's a marathon not a sprint while Gary is always a bit edgy.

This game will be a quality affair with lots of high scores but the reason Lewis wins is simple: his bad patches do not last as long as Gary's.

Jackpot's game against Mervyn King was a case in point - he dropped in intensity for a couple of legs, but quickly regained the focus needed. 

I'm happy to back Lewis at 1.768/11 to win, but if you were looking for a bigger price, small bets on 16-13 and 16-14 in the Correct Score market would be the play, both available at around 13.012/1.

Recommended Bet
Back Adrian Lewis to beat Gary Anderson at 1.768/11 


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