Wayne Mardle: In-form Lewis to bridge the handicap against Huybrechts

Adrian Lewis is back in form and looking dangerous again

Day three of the World Matchplay sees the introduction of two-time world champion Adrian Lewis, and our man Wayne Mardle fancies Jackpot to continue his great form and record a straightforward victory...

"If the two-time world champion continues his great form then he wins, it really is as straightforward as that."

Back Lewis -3.5 Legs @ 1.728/11


Robert Thornton 1.282/7 v Ian White 3.55/2

Ian's form has tailed off somewhat from last year whereas Robert's has improved, so on that premise alone I have to go with the Thorn. The experience of playing in the Premier League - where he done himself proud at times - will have done the Scot no harm at all, and he'll need to perform well in tournaments like these if he is to be in next year's Premier League.

Thornton is the most likely winner as the odds suggest, but it should be a comfortable victory rather than an annihilation so perhaps covering the 10-5 (7.06/1) and 10-6 (7.513/2) options in the Corret Score market is the way to play.

Recommended Bets
Back Robert Thornton to win @ 1.282/7
Back Thornton 10-5 @ 7.06/1 & 10-6 @ 7.513/2


Wes Newton 1.728/11 v Jamie Caven 2.111/10

No bet


Adrian Lewis 1.141/7 v Ronnie Huybrechts 5.59/2

Adrian Lewis is back. He won the European Championships just a few weeks ago, beating Michael van Gerwen along the way, where he looked a different player to the one we've seen play some average darts over the last 18 months.

Ronnie is a class player, as proved by his victory over Phil Taylor recently (also in the European Championships) but this game is all about Jackpot. If the two-time world champion continues his great form then he wins, it really is as straightforward as that.

Odds of 1.141/7 won't get us very rich in the Match Odds market, so back Lewis on the handicap where he will start a mythical 3.5 legs down. For those unfamiliar with handicap betting, all that means is that Lewis needs to win by at least four clear legs to land the money.

Recommended Bet
Back Lewis -3.5 Legs @ 1.728/11


Andy Hamilton 1.444/9 v Ronnie Baxter 2.757/4

Being in his home town of Blackpool Ronnie loves this event, and with the crowd on his side he could raise his game. But The Hammer is a tough nut to crack so to call a winner is too tough.

But as I mentioned yesterday, you don't always have to look to who will win the match to profit from a game of darts, there are other markets to bet on also, so I'm going down the 180 route here. Baxter can hit the maximums for fun when he is in the mood, so lets hope that he's in the mood tonight.

Recommended Bet
Back Baxter Most 180s @ 2.37


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