Adrian Lewis v Andy Smith Live Stream World Matchplay Preview

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 25 Jul 2012
Can Adrian Lewis continue his rampant form? (credit:Chris Sargeant/ PDC)

Adrian Lewis looks to build on his first round statement of intent as he faces Andy Smith in round two at the Winter Gardens on Wednesday evening.

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The reigning World Champion sent out a clear message to the field that he may well be the man to beat this week after he whitewashed UK Open champion Robert Thornton 10-0 with a flawless showing.

Despite claiming back-to-back world titles, the Stoke ace has yet to win any other major tournament and will be determined to banish that statistic this week.

Fuelled by the added incentive of taking over the world number one spot from Phil Taylor should he lift the title on Sunday, Lewis could potentially wipe the floor with any opponent should he bring his unrivalled natural ability to the stage.

Smith ended a six-year wait for a win on the Winter Gardens stage by beating Paul Nicholson in the last round and will be out to prove that result was no flash in the pan.

The Pie Man comes into the tie as clear underdog and will feel little pressure as he enters the heat of of the big stage again tonight. 

The duo have met 19 times in previous major competition and it's Lewis who holds the marginally superior record having won on 11 of those occasions.

Smith however will be buoyed by his impressive record against Jackpot and will be out to replicate his 6-1 hammering of Lewis in a UK Open qualifying event in April. 

The bookmakers make Lewis the huge odds-on favourite to progress at 1/8, with Smith priced at 5/1 to cause a major upset with Bet365.

The match begins at around 10.30pm BST and will be streamed live over the best of 25 legs from the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.


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