We have reached week 12 of the Premier League darts season and time is really beginning to run out for those chasing the spots at the o2 at the end of the campaign. We have five more matches in the evening on Thursday as the bandwagon heads to Ireland for the second time this season.
Dave Chisnall and Phil Taylor are the two men who play twice on the evening but it is the two Dutchmen who are set to steal the show on what looks like another belting night of darts.
Dave Chisnall vs Adrian Lewis
Chisnall’s first encounter of the night is a clash with last week’s nine dart hero Adrian Lewis. Lewis was brought down to earth with a bump in Germany over the weekend when he lost in the first round of the European Tour event but with a win here potentially lifting him up to second in the table he should be well up for this.
It will be interesting to see how Dave Chisnall approaches this match. After a couple of hard fought draws in recent weeks his chances of making the o2 are near enough over so he can relax and either play his best stuff or struggle for motivation and not play his best.
However Chisnall plays it is hard to go against Lewis right now with the quality he is playing. He beat Chisnall 7-2 in the reverse meeting this year and all things being equal I expect him to win here too.
Phil Taylor vs Gary Anderson
The second match of the evening sees Phil Taylor looking to bounce back from defeat last week when he takes on a Gary Anderson who is desperate for a win to enhance his own chances of a spot at the o2.
Taylor led James Wade 5-3 last week but then proceeded to lose four legs on the trot to lose the match whereas Anderson had a draw and a win in which he averaged well over 100 on each occasion. Whenever Taylor has been written off this season he seems to come good so this is a match to watch rather than bet on especially with Anderson being odds on.
Peter Wright vs James Wade
Peter Wright and James Wade meet in the third match of the night with the latter almost drinking at the last chance saloon from here on in despite his win over Phil Taylor last week. Peter Wright drew with van Gerwen last week but found Anderson too good for him.
Wade followed up his win over Taylor last week with a run to the semi-final in Germany over the weekend and he beat Wright along the way too. That could make him a 4/1 shot but Wright plays better on the really big stage so this is another one not to bet on. There is plenty of potential for a draw here.
Michael van Gerwen vs Raymond Barneveld
The two Dutch stars will be doing battle for the second time this season as Michael van Gerwen will be looking to gain revenge for his defeat earlier in the season when he takes on Raymond Barneveld on the Dutch legend’s 50th birthday.
Van Gerwen landed another European Tour title at the weekend and he saw off Barneveld in the quarter final of that tournament but I still fancy this to be a close match. Barneveld plays well in Ireland and on the big stage and although MVG is a worthy favourite there is too much value on Barneveld to ignore him at 6/1.
Dave Chisnall vs Phil Taylor
The two men playing twice on the night return for the final match of the evening when Dave Chisnall meets Phil Taylor. Whatever happens earlier in the night this is going to be a big match for Phil Taylor in his quest for a semi-final spot.
As with previous weeks where two men play twice I find this final match tough to bet on because we don’t know what state each of them will be in so I’ll sit this one out and go with the earlier two bets in the evening.
Back A.Lewis to beat D.Chisnall for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Winner Sports
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Back R.Barneveld to beat M.van Gerwen for a 1/10 stake at 7.00 with Betbright
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