James Wade takes on world champion Adrian Lewis on week six of the McCoy’s Premier League in Glasgow, where Simon Whitlock faces Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld goes head to head with Kevin Painter.
Wade has won his last two games and is determined to extend that run against world number two Lewis, who is yet to win a game in this year’s tournament. ‘The Machine’, who is finding his form after losing his first three games, is out to prevent the winless world champion from gaining his first victory.
“The tide is turning,” said Wade. “My confidence is there as much as ever but I’m thinking far too much about the game.
“It’s starting to feel good in patches – I felt brilliant for three or four legs last week but then shut off. That’s how I’m playing at the moment but I’ve got to keep my foot on the gas.”
Whitlock produced an impressive performance to beat Lewis last week, and victory tonight could send him up to second in the table. ‘The Wizard’ will have to beat reigning Premier League champion Anderson in front of the Scotsman’s home crowd for that to happen.
“It’s going to be tough,” said Whitlock. “I played Phil Taylor in Exeter with the crowd on his side and it didn’t affect me, and hopefully against Gary it won’t.
“He’s a strange player. He can be the best player in the world on his night and I only beat him once last year – in the World Championship – and every other time we played he was unbelievable against me, so I’ll have to play well on Thursday.”
Van Barneveld will be hoping to bounce back from defeat last week when he takes on Painter. ‘Barney’ has been in good form of late, but lost out in a last leg decider to James Wade in Brighton.
In the nights other match, league leader Phil Taylor is up against World Championship finalist Andy Hamilton.
Tonight’s matches (involving MODUS players)
JAMES WADE v Adrian Lewis (Game one)
SIMON WHITLOCK v Gary Anderson (Game two)
RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD v Kevin Painter (Game four)
By Chris Murphy