Adrian Lewis will look to take advantage of playing twice as the McCoy's Premier League Darts visits the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff tonight. The world champion only recorded his first victory of the season a week ago in Dublin when he defeated Kevin Painter 8-3, and will play twice in Cardiff in the absence of Gary Anderson, who is absent due to a family bereavement.
Lewis will open the night against Stoke rival Andy Hamilton (5/2 to win the match) before returning to the stage to play Raymond van Barneveld in the fourth match - and despite finding himself bottom of the table a week ago could amazingly go second in the table with two victories this week.
Lewis, who was runner up to Anderson last year, said “When I was asked to step in and play Andy, that's the least I can do and looking at the league it's down to me now to make the most of it. I got my first win last week and I want to kick on from that now because I'm feeling confident and think I can go from strength to strength now. Both Andy and Raymond will be tough opponents but I'll give it my best shot in both matches."
His second opponent of the night Barney (5/4 to win the match) was also in a confident mood. He is currently in second place and has won 3 of his last four matches. The Dutchman said "When I got the wildcard I was over the moon, and I said that I want to prove a few people wrong who said that I was finished."
Van Barneveld added “To be second in the league after seven games proves I can still play the game, and I'm looking forward to the next seven weeks. I'm aiming to be in the top four, and playing the final and winning this tournament would be a dream."