Adrian Lewis vs Gary Anderson – Gamble on Anderson to pay off

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Half a million quid is up for grabs tonight for the winner of the PDC World Darts Championships to go on, and if the betting market is anything to go on, Gary Anderson should breeze home.

A 12/1 shot to win pre-tournament, the money has come thick and fast for Anderson who was 1/1 at the semi-final stage and is now 8/15 to beat Lewis and seal his maiden PDC World Darts Championship title.

Punters have already been proved right so far by opposing Phil Taylor, and this will be only the second time Taylor will have missed the final since the inaugural final in 1994.

But Adrian Lewis and Anderson are set to put on a show tonight at the Ally Pally and Lewis, the number four seed, will head into the tie confident of beating the world number eight.

The two have met on eight previous occasions – although never at the World Championships – and Lewis leads the head-to-head count by six wins to two.

Taylor’s protegee, the 25-year-old Lewis is still searching for his first major win and that is why he is as big as 11/8 to beat Anderson tonight, but the boy from Stoke-on-Trent holds a huge reputation in darts and Anderson will have his work cut out.

With the final being the best of 13 sets, there is plenty of value in the set betting market and if previous results are to go by, a comfortable 7-4 win for Lewis offers plenty of value at 10/1.

The favoured result is either 7-5 or 7-4 in Anderson’s favour, both priced at 11/2, but the tie may well go down to the wire and Anderson is 6/1, and Lewis 7/1, to win 7-6.

A £10 stake on a nine dart finish in the final would return £60. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.