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Michael Taylor 3rd Jan 2011 - 12:05

Back Anderson to win the Jackpot

What a World Championship it's been at the Ally Pally this year, and a very welcome change to see two new faces lining up for the Bank Holiday final.

Phil Taylor's former protégé Adrian Lewis has long been touted to have the ability to land a World Championship, the real surprise though comes in the shape of former BDO number one Gary Anderson.

The Flying Scotsman never went further than the semi-finals back at Lakeside yet his performances over the past two weeks have been nothing short of magnificent, dominating the leaderboard in terms of three dart averages.

You can look and say Taylor, James Wade, van Barneveld etc. weren't at the top of their games this year - you can also say that even on top form any player in the world would struggle to beat Anderson.

He romped past Dennis Preistley, made the Pie Man Andy Smith look like a pudding before seeing off Barney and Terry Jenkins without breaking sweat - all the time having a three dart average in excess of 100 and rising as high as 108.

His opponent in the final, Adrian Lewis, certainly won't be scared of the high averages, however he might be a little worried about the accuracy and percentage Anderson is checking out with.

For a while now Lewis has had the talent to win multiple televised events but even he must be in disbelief at the opportunity coming his way today.

His path to the final has been relatively trouble free apart from yesterday's mammoth encounter with Mark Webster but a little issue his fans and backers must have is his lack of concentration.

The last sixteen was perhaps the best example as he gave a badly out of sorts Robert Thornton a glimmer of hope, letting the Scotsman take a set despite dominating every leg up to that wayward set.

If he opens the door just a fraction for Gary Anderson then he could be in big, and I mean big trouble.

Lewis is a quick starter and if he comes out nervous, or loses concentration in the opening legs then a one sided final might not be out of the question with 7-2 to the favourite great value at 9/1.

However, I think nerves will be jangling for both men on what is easily the biggest day of their careers, so high scores and big checkouts might be out of the question at the start of proceedings - with 4/6 about less than 29.5 total match 180s looking good.

In terms of the big prize though, for me there's only one way for my money to be heading and that's on the 8/15 about Anderson.

He might have hated the nickname, 'Dreamboy' during his tenure in the BDO but this looks like the night that the 40-year-old's dreams will come true.


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