Lewis ready for MVG showdown

Adrian Lewis is hoping that his experience of winning the World Darts Championship will stand him in good stead for Monday’s semi-final with Michael van Gerwen (Lewis 11/10, Van Gerwen 8/11 – Match Prices).

‘Jackpot’ booked his spot in the last four with a comfortable 5-1 victory over James Wade on Sunday night, while Van Gerwen was made to work harder before coming through 5-3 against Mark Webster.

The two stars will now toe the oche at Alexandra Palace for the right to meet either Ian White or Simon Whitlock in the final on New Year’s Day (Whitlock 8/11, White 11/10 – Match Prices).

Lewis has suffered a poor season by his own previously high standards and had won only one tournament of note heading into the festive showpiece.

But he has been relativity untroubled en route to the semi-finals and has dropped just three sets in the tournament to date.

Van Gerwen has dropped seven but has, at times, looked unbeatable and it has all the makings of a classic encounter in north London.

And Lewis, who won the event in both 2011 and 2012, is hoping to draw on his past glories when he takes on ‘Mighty Mike’ in the capital.

“I am looking forward to it,” he said. “He’s hitting big scores. I have been there and done it so let’s see what he’s got.

“It’s going to be a tough game and let the best man win.”

Van Gerwen suffered lapses of concentration against Webster but has vowed to put it right and has total confidence in his ability to lift the trophy (Van Gerwen 5/4 – Outright Betting In-Play).

“I have something to work on now in the 24 hours leading up to my semi-final game,” he said. “But I still fully believe I will be world champion on January 1.”

 

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