Lloyd backing Lewis to return to winning ways at the World Matchplay

Jamie Shaw in PDC Darts News 9 Jul 2018
Lewis and Lloyd met in the Last 16 of the 2009 World Matchplay (credit:PDC)

Former champion Colin Lloyd believes Adrian Lewis has what it takes to make a sensational return to the winner’s circle at the 2018 World Matchplay in Blackpool.

Lloyd, who famously lifted the trophy in 2005, expects Lewis to recapture his best form on the historic Winter Gardens stage after a series of resurgent performances in recent months.

Lewis dropped to 20th in the Order of Merit, his lowest position for more than a decade, following his First Round exit at the World Championship, but runs to three ranking finals this term have lifted him back in to the world's top 16.

And Lloyd admits 'Jackpot', a 50/1 outsider with title sponsors BetVictor, will be one to watch when the £500,000 major gets underway on July 21.

"I think my outside bet would be Adrian Lewis," Lloyd told Live Darts.

"Adie's starting to throw some good stuff again and he's starting to believe in himself again.

"He's a dangerous player but I think everybody's going to be writing Michael van Gerwen's name on it, but we'll wait and see."

Lewis' 16th seeding means he is on a collision course with two-time Matchplay champion MVG in the Second Round and Lloyd is expecting a classic should the two come through their opening ties.

He added: "I think Michael's got to be professional about it, he knows Adrian's a class player so hopefully he'll be up for the game but I'm really hoping Adrian's up for the game as well because if he is then that will be the game of the championship.

"But they both have to win their first games first."

Another potentially mouth-watering Second Round tie could see newly-crowned US Masters champion Gary Anderson up against 2010 Matchplay finalist Raymond van Barneveld.

Van Barneveld has been out of action since winning the World Cup of Darts alongside Van Gerwen in early June and Lloyd is hopeful the Dutch veteran will head to Blackpool in a positive mindset.

"Sometimes Raymond gets so downbeat on himself and it disappoints me really because he's a class player who's been arguably the second best player in the world over the years.

"Phil's always been known as the greatest but Barney's an absolute animal when he's on his game and when he's up for it.

"When it starts going a little bit wrong he drops his head a little bit and that's the only criticism I have of Raymond.

"He beats himself up too much and Gary will exploit that because he's just an out and out animal.

"It's going to be great, all the big names are there, the only one that's missing is Phil [Taylor] and he'd have loved it, he'd have thrived on it," he added.



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