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World Matchplay Darts: Lewis and Taylor to set-up glamour semi

| 24.07.2014

As expected the cream has risen to the top in the last eight of the World Matchplay Darts and here at news.Ladbrokes we’re predicting two multiple world champions to be left standing in the bottom half of the draw.

Adrian Lewis to beat Gary Anderson @ 4/6

At first glance many punters would be excused for thinking Anderson’s recent pair of victories over Lewis makes The Flying Scotsman’s odds of 6/5 to progress the price to plump for.

However, despite also finishing above Jackpot in the Premier League this season, the World Matchplay has been a graveyard for Anderson, with this representing the Scot’s first quarter final in six appearances.

Meanwhile, last year’s runner-up has unfinished business at the Winter Gardens and thus far he’s been on a mission.

Lewis recorded the only first-round whitewash of the competition when pummelling Andrew Gilding 10-0 and the 2014 UK Open champ also possesses the highest three-dart average in Blackpool.

Expect this one to be close though as neither player has won by more than three clear legs in their past nine encounters – which includes two draws – so over 27.5 total legs appeals at 4/5 also.

Phil Taylor to beat Wes Newton @ 1/20

The Power’s nine-dart finish in the second round against Michael Smith shows he’s lost none of his desire for this title which he has won the last six years and 14 times all-told.

Stoke-on-Trent’s most famous sporting son has understandably shrunk to 7/4 to make it seven in a row after making light work of Smith 13-6 and turning in that stunning 144 finish to round off the perfect leg.

Meanwhile, Premier League struggler Newton toiled for a 13-5 victory over Australian Paul Nicholson, where he routinely missed doubles, averaging just 86.62 on the night.

When they last met at this event it was ta this stage in 2011 and Taylor wiped the floor with Newton 16-5. This scoreline appeals again at odds of 9/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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