PDC World Darts Semi Final Previews

Rag2gar previews the PDC World Darts Championship Semi Finals and he has bets on Raymond Van Barneveld and Gary Anderson.

Raymond Van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis 

Adrian Lewis could only manage eight 180s in seven sets against Peter Wright in the quarter finals, which is an incredibly low tally by his extremely high standards. I fear that while Lewis is playing well and his doubles on the whole have been excellent, it's really his scoring that makes him the player he is. I'd be a shade worried that he's not quite at his peak and he may start missing doubles. He hit so many crucial doubles against Wright and it really could have been an altogether different match had he missed even one or two of those.

Without his high scoring power, Lewis is vulnerable and the last man on the planet you want to be playing at the minute when you're vulnerable is Raymond Van Barneveld. Barney backed up a heroic performance against Van Gerwen with another gutsy display to come back from three sets down to beat a high-flying Michael Smith. Barney's confidence must be sky-high after these two never-say-die efforts and I think he may have the beating of Lewis here. He beat Lewis in the last 16 of the World Championship 12 months ago and that too will give him confidence as he is playing far better now than he was then. This could be an upset folks. Especially if Lewis doesn't improve his scoring from the quarters.

Advised Bet:

4 points win Van Barneveld to beat Lewis at 13/8 with Ladbrokes and Skybet


Gary Anderson v Jelle Klaasen 

Gary Anderson has really clicked into gear these past two rounds, only dropping one set and averaging 101 against Van der Voort and 105 against James Wade. This is World Championship winning form. I'm surprised to see he's odds against still as he really looks a class apart from the other players that remain. He also has arguably the pick of the semi-final opponents in Jelle Klaasen who had to come back from the brink twice in his last two games against Phil Taylor and Alan Norris.

If Klaasen falls behind again against Anderson it could be an early night for the Dutchman. Anderson will be conscious of how close Klaasen got to knocking him out in the second round last year and you can be sure he will be focused early as a result of that scare this time around. I think this could be a front-running performance from Anderson and an easy runaway victory as a result. I like Anderson on the handicaps here.

Advised Bet: 

3 points win G. Anderson -2.5 sets to beat J. Klaasen at 8/11 with Ladbrokes and Stan James


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