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7th March 2013, 5:24pm

Lewis vs Honey Betting: Dave Honey good value to take advantage of Lewis' lack of confidence in Minehead


A couple of years ago these European Tour events would have been right up Adrian Lewis’ street in terms of banking some solid dosh and winning some titles but his form in the last 15 months has deteriorated so badly that his first round opponent in the UK Masters first round on Friday, Dave Honey, will fancy his chances of beating him. Lewis goes into the match as a 1/7 favourite with Coral.

Everything was going oh so well for Adrian Lewis 15 months ago. He had just won his second world title on the trot and he looked fabulous in the process and he had the darting world at his feet but he has hit a horrendous slump on the oche and now you wonder where his next big win is coming from. He’s got to the stage where he’s changing his darts and trying too hard and it’s a tough web to escape from now.

Dave Honey is nothing special as a darts player but like every player both in this tournament and on the PDC circuit he is more than capable. Honey got his card at Q-school which isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do and he then qualified for this tournament which also isn’t easy. Funnily enough, Honey has four wins over Lewis from six matches although they were all a while ago but you could easily argue Lewis was playing better then than he is now.

You need your head testing if you back Adrian Lewis at 1/7 against anyone at the minute particularly in a best of 11 leg sprint like this. Dave Honey won’t pull up any trees but he is solid and if Lewis turns up with the 85 averages he’s been throwing in the Premier League this will be competitive. Lewis has lost to Sho Katsumi and Richie Burnett in the World Cup recently and he lost to Kurt van der Rijk in one of the UK Open qualifiers too so Dave Honey is worth a pop at 9/2.

Back D.Honey to beat A.Lewis for a 1/10 stake at 5.50 with Bet365

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