We started 2012 with a bang last night, thanks to a miracle or two. Thanks to Adian Lewis' last leg heroics, we went 4-0 last night, taking us to 30-32 for the tournament, and taking us back into a profit of +2.26 units.
We're down to the final two of the PDC 2012 World Championship, and it's an all-Stoke affair, with Adrian Lewis taking on the biggest surpise of the tournament, Andy Hamilton. Both men battled hard in their semi-finals and both men deserve their places here thanks to amazing wins against James Wade and Simon Whitlock respectively.
So, I'm sure you're as excited as I am to finish off the PDC 2012 World Championship in style, so without further ado, let's get our last set of free darts betting tips out of the way so we can sit back and enjoy the action.
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Adrian Lewis (2) versus Andy Hamilton (17).
Adrian Lewis best price: 2/5 @ Betfair.
Andy Hamilton best price: 21/10 @ Betfair.
Adrian Lewis' route to the semi-final:
Nigel Heydon 3-2 Ave: 96.41
Beat Robert Thornton 4-2 Ave: 96.24
Beat Wayne Jones 4-0 Ave: 95.94
Beat Terry Jenkins 5-3 Ave: 92.41
Beat James Wade 6-5 Ave: 95.55
Tournament average: 95.31
Tournament 180s: 39
Highest checkout: 170
Andy Hamilton's route to the semi-final:
Beat Antonio Alcinas 3-2 Ave: 97.18
Beat Vincent van der Voort 4-3 Ave: 95.69
Beat Dave Chisnall 4-0 Ave: 99.08
Beat Kim Huybrechts 5-2 Ave: 102.04
Beat Simon Whitlock 6-5 Ave:95.61
Tournament average: 98.49
Tournament 180s: 40
Highest checkout: 130
Adrian Lewis has defied the odds throughout this tournament from the get-go and did it again last night/this morning, so it's good to see him in the final for his fighting spirit alone. While he's not played the same level of darts that won him the World Championship last year, he's done more than enough to deserve his place here. His victory last night with a breathtaking performance ranks as one of the greatest comebacks in darts history. Lewis stepped up his scoring at the right time, after a farcical air con problem earlier in the match threatened to ruin his night. But he overcame that and also the crowd to win with an amazing 161 finish. It's proof that his combination finishing is an unbelievably strong part of his game. Couple that with his scoring (when he's in the zone) and he really is a hard man to beat.
Andy Hamilton has defied the odds to get there. He was a 200/1 outsider at the start of the tournament, but high scoring paired with superb doubling has got him here. He's taken out some of the top names in darts, and showed great determination to get over the line against Simon Whitlock, when at one point he couldn't hit a treble for love nor money. The fighting spirit is something Hamilton has shown throughout the tournament, going to a final set in three of his five matches. He'll be looking to continue his outstanding scoring in the final, and if the first 4 sets of his semi-final are anything to go by, he'll be quick out of the blocks.
I think this match has classic written all over it. Lewis hasn't been the same force as 2011, but he's done what he's needed to when it came down to it. However, Hamilton has outperformed Lewis in every stat apart from highest checkout, so I really think Hamilton is a bit of value to claim the biggest win of his life. He hit 58% of his doubles in his semi-final, which is 16% highest than Lewis in his semi-final. Even with a terrible lull halfway through the match, 58% doubling is certainly impressive.
Throughout the tournament, Hamilton's been averaging better than Adrian Lewis, so for Lewis to be favourite to score the highest average seems a bit of out of whack here. 6/4 for Hamilton is a fair price, and just the fact that Hamilton's tournament average is great than that of Lewis goes some way to proving there's value there.
Finally, I think we're going to get a close match with a fair few sets, so the line at 10.5 appeals to me. I think both men, in the form they showed last night, are capable of 4 sets each, which would guarantee us a win.
Andy Hamilton to beat Adrian Lewis: 21/10 @ Betfair.
Recommend: 1.5 units.
Andy Hamilton to have the highest average versus Adrian Lewis: 6/4 @ Victor Chandler
Recommend: 1.5 units.
Total sets in the final over 10.5: 4/5 @ Paddy Power.
Recommend: 3 units.
And that's it for your free darts betting tips for the PDC 2012 World Championship Final. Remember that the BDO 2012 World Championship starts in five days' time, so we'll have tips for that.
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I hope you've enjoyed reading the previews as much as I've enjoyed writing them. Until the action gets underway at the Lakeside, happy betting and thanks for reading!