Dave Clark: Van Gerwen will be too strong for Jackpot Lewis

Two real darting heavyweights headline tonight's card, and Dave Clark says the world number one will continue his progress, though not without a fight....


Antonio Alcinas v Benito van de Pas

The Samurai from Majorca reached the last 16 last year and notched up one of the biggest wins of his career when he took out Peter Snakebite Wright in round two. I think he’s gone as far as he can now though.

Big Ben from the NEtherland’s slipped out of the world’s top 30 this year, had a woeful year on the circuit, but showed really good fighting spirit to win the five-set tiebreak against Jim Long in the second round.

Van de Pas has won three of the last five head-to-head, so Benito looks a good price at 11/8 to win the sessio opener tonight and that’s where my money is going.

Gary Anderson v Chris Dobey

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Jermaine Wattimena almost took out a 170 finish to KO Gary Anderson. The Fly Scotsman’s 1/8 in this match, meaning Chris Dobey’s a massive 5/1 for this.

This is a man who’s playing really well at the moment. He dropped just four legs in dispatching Boris Koltsov and Steve Beaton in striaght sets in his opening two matches. He edged out Vincent van der Voort in a seven set marathon in the last round averaging 97.8.

I’m going for the massive outsider Chris Dobey at 5/1 to put out the two-time champ Gary Anderson tonight.

Adrian Lewis v Michael van Gerwen

Adrian Lewis has put in a lot of practice hours before this tournament and has been upset that he wasn’t being talked about as a potential winner.

He’s yet to drop a set in the tournament after beating Ted Evetts and emphatic win over
Darius Labanauskas, who beat Raymond van Barneveld. Those were two really good performances.

He’s a big price tonight at 4/1. I’d expect Lewis to take one or two sets off Michael, but i’m afraid MVG is simply too strong. He’s had good wins over Max Hopp and Alan Tabern.

Michael Van Gerwen will win this, but Lewis won’t go down without a fight. 4-2 is my prediction at 4/1.

    *All odds correct at time of posting
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