2020 Betfred World Matchplay – Adrian Lewis vs Steve Beaton Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Adrian Lewis vs Steve Beaton taking place? Monday 20th July, 2020 (session starts at 18:00 (UK))

Where is Adrian Lewis vs Steve Beaton taking place? Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

What channel is Adrian Lewis vs Steve Beaton on? Sky Sports

Where can I stream Adrian Lewis vs Steve Beaton? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Adrian Lewis vs Steve Beaton? The 2020 Betfred World Matchplay will take place behind closed doors

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Adrian Lewis beat Steve Beaton 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

ADRIAN LEWIS

  • Adrian Lewis has plenty of pedigree in the big tournaments but it has been a while since he contended in the latter stages of the majors and his last TV ranking semi-final was at the Matchplay in 2017.
  • Jackpot fell at the first hurdle at the World Matchplay 12 months ago when he went down to a 10-4 defeat against an impressive Glen Durrant who then went on to reach the semis.
  • Since reaching the semi-finals of the first ranking tournament of the 2020 season he has failed to progress further than the last 16 in any tournament and struggled for form on his return to action after the enforced break at the Summer Series.

STEVE BEATON

  • Popular veteran Steve Beaton continues to regularly qualify for the big TV tournaments and he has a very impressive record at having featured at the Matchplay every year since 2001.
  • Progression into the latter stages at the Matchplay has been a rarity for the 1996 BDO world champion though as apart from a quarter-final in 2016 he has had a string of early exits.
  • His form in 2020 has been patchy and at the recent Summer Series he lost in round one in three of the five tournaments.

THE PREDICTION

There is no lack of experience in this first round tie, but that alone does not guarantee anything and the form of both players coming into the 2020 World Matchplay suggests that neither are likely to enjoy a run deep in the tournament. I could of course be proven wrong as Adrian Lewis and Steve Beaton are still very capable performers but this looks like being a match where they both may struggle to find consistency. If pressed, I’d probably lean towards Lewis as the winner of the game, but the main betting tip is for the match to last more than 16.5 legs.

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