Two of the top-four seeds are in action on Wednesday night, as Gary Anderson contests the final second round match and Adrian Lewis bids to become the first man through to the quarter-finals…
Gary Anderson vs Devon Petersen
Last year’s runner-up Anderson is 1/14 to see off his South African opponent but can hardly be backed with confidence after narrowly avoiding disaster in the first round, fighting back from 2-0 down against unfancied German Jyhan Artut.
It may have just been early nerves or a struggle to find a rhythm in his opener, however as the Scot doesn’t have a great second-round record, dropping six sets at this stage in the previous two editions, it doesn’t bode well.
It would be brave to back Petersen at 7/1 given that he has achieved little in this competition before, yet the 13/8 on the underdog triumphing with a +2.5 set handicap looks worth taking advantage of.
Adrian Lewis vs Wayne Jones
Defending champion Lewis hasn’t had it easy in the first two encounters of his defence and definitely won’t have wanted to be paired with Jones this early on in the tournament, despite his relatively low seeding of 15.
There has been very little to choose between the duo in the past, with both winning three of their last six meetings, and Jones has been particularly impressive in the early rounds at Alexandra Palace, losing only one set to Lewis’ four.
So while the holder is understandably favoured, his margin of victory is unlikely to be as convincing as odds of 1/5 imply. Two of their last three collisions have gone the distance, and as a result, 5/1 on Lewis prevailing 4-3 appeals.
A double on the two outsiders prevailing with a +2.5 set handicap advantage provides odds greater than 7/2