Day three of the World Matchplay sees another of the tournament’s big favourites stride to the oche in the formidable shape of Adrian Lewis, who is taken to win handsomely as part of our best bets.
Along with 2013 runner-up Lewis, there’s a couple of dark horses in action as eight players go head-to-head to complete the make-up of the second round.
The Hurricane holds a slight 4-3 edge in the pair’s lifetime head to head, but it is King’s disastrous reccet record at Winter Gardens that made the Belgian the right choice.
The King has gone out at this stage in each of the past four editions of the tournament and he will struggle to improve that record against Huybrechts, who made the quarter-finals of the last European Tour event.
Last year’s runner-up, Jackpot would have beaten a -4.5 handicap in the first round of each of his past two visits to Winter Gardens.
Lewis beat Ronny Huybrechts 10-5 last year and Roberto Thornton 10-0 in 2012, and last-32 debutant Gilding is unlikely to hold him up for long.
The in-form Scot has already won five tournaments this year to emerge as a genuine contender for the matchplay title, and he should prevail in a tight first-round clash against Jamie Caven.
Anderson holds a 11-5 lead in the pair’s lifetime head-to-head, and Dreamboy’s season average of 98.65 is streets ahead of Caven’s 88.12, showing the gulf in form between the two tungsten ticklers.
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