World Darts Championship Day 8: Lewis facing second round exit?
It’s been one whole week since the 2019 World Darts Championship roared into life, and the action keeps on coming thick-and-fast this evening.
Adrian Lewis and Mensur Suljovic are among the big names on the oche tonight as the second round edges towards its conclusion.
We’ve previewed their matches, along with the other two fixtures from the evening session.
Cristo Reyes v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Both of these players are capable of sensational darts. It’s just their consistency which lets them down. That said, Cristo Reyes has shown the better form in 2018 and goes off as 8/13 favourite.
Rowby-John Rodriguez produced some lovely arrows to see off Ricky Evans in the first round. But he’ll need to step up an average of 89.3 here against an opponent who tends to come to life on the Ally Pally stage.
Mervyn King v Jan Dekker
Mervyn King’s TV form may not be all that these days, but he’s still as sharp as ever on the floor. The King has won one and reached the quarter-finals of four non-televised events in 2018.
Jan Dekker has found things slightly more difficult, having failed to go beyond the last-eight of any tournament since a quarter-final appearance in Barnsley in March.
Both players are pretty evenly matched in terms of statistics. But it’s Dekker’s doubling (no pun intended) which could save the day for the Dutchman.
Adrian Lewis v Ted Evetts
This is the sort of match that’s primed for a big upset. Why? Well, two-time world champion Adrian Lewis has been a shadow of his former self in the big TV tournaments over the last year.
Jackpot was knocked out by Kevin Munch at this stage 12 months ago, and he’s only averaged over 95 once on the box since.
Contrast that with Ted Evetts, who was excellent in his first round win over Simon Stevenson. Superted recorded a 92.97 average, a 36% checkout percentage and five 180s in a 3-0 victory on only his second Ally Pally appearance.
Mensur Suljovic v Ryan Searle
This should be relatively straightforward for 2/9 chance Mensur Suljovic.
The Austrian arrowsmith has been excellent all year and has reached the semi-finals of six TV tournaments, alongside a famous victory in the German Masters.
Put simply, The Gentle is a better, more consistent player than Ryan Searle. However, if the challenger can put in anything like the 102.48 second set average he recorded against Stephen Burton, we could be in for a game.
With that in mind, a 3-1 win for Suljovic is 11/5, with 8/1 about the Austrian ending the match on his favourite D14. Neither player is particularly prolific on their trebles, so Under 6.5 180s is 10/11.
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