Lewis to get MVG revenge, as Whitlock scores more 180s than Wright
The quarter-final meeting between Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen at the PDC World Darts Championships last year is one of the most memorable since the event moved to Alexandra Palace in 2007.
Both players finished with three-dart averages over 100 as Van Gerwen edged it 5-4, although Lewis held two darts for the match.
Other incredible stats included 26 180s being scored in the match and six checkouts of over 100.
Lewis’ mission for revenge against Van Gerwen is undoubtedly the biggest of this year’s two semi finals, with the other pairing Simon Whitlock against the tournament’s surprise package, number 16 seed Peter Wright.
Adrian Lewis to beat Michael van Gerwen @ 1/1
Since the aforementioned quarter-final showdown, this pair have met an unbelievable 13 times already in 2013, with Lewis just holding the initiative 7-6.
What could be the difference here is Lewis’ greater consistency, as Van Gerwen has already shown some wobbly spells in his victories in the last two rounds over Gary Anderson and Mark Webster.
Lewis should do a better job of taking any opportunities in these shaky periods and although he has not really come out of third gear so far, he has still dropped no more than one set in any of his victories.
That run will not continue here and there does look to be some mileage in the 13/2 that Lewis progresses 6-4. Meanwhile, 8/1 on a nine-dart finish in the match is not improbable.
Simon Whitlock to score more 180s than Peter Wright @ 4/9
Wright has made it through two marathons in the last two rounds to make a first career semi final in this tournament, with tie-breaks needed to defeat both Michael Smith and Wes Newton.
A day off will have given Wright the opportunity to recharge his batteries, but he has lost three of his five career meetings with Whitlock, including both of those in the more elite darts tournaments.
Whitlock is the favourite to win this one too at 8/11 and his greater experience in such a pressure environment could be critical.
However, the safer money will be on the Australian registering more 180s in the match than Wright at 4/9, who only managed six across his nine-set quarter-final triumph over Newton.
In fact, despite winning more legs than anyone else in the tournament, Wright has only managed 18 maximum in his four matches, compared to 30 from Whitlock in 36 fewer legs.
This extra time at the oche could also catch up with Wright here.