The final night of the regular season in the Premier League Darts takes place in Aberdeen on Thursday night. Heading into the evening we near enough know the four men who will be battling for the title at the o2 next week but we don’t know which positions in the table they will finish.
As ever in the final week we have four matches to entertain us and with plenty of events coming up the quality should really crank up from these top star players.
Dave Chisnall vs James Wade
We kick off with one of the matches which has a little something on it. Barring something silly Dave Chisnall is out of this competition but if he can win this and win it big he could yet put enough pressure on Phil Taylor for him to crack. Chisnall needs to win and hope Taylor loses later in the night and a 10 leg difference gets wiped out. Wade is already out of the tournament.
Chisnall has won the last three meetings against Wade and I’m not surprised at that. Wade doesn’t have the scoring power of Chisnall so if Chizzy hits his doubles the chances are he will beat Wade more often than not. Chisnall was doing silly numbers in the European Tour event at the weekend and with Wade’s motivation or interest questionable I’m with Chisnall here.
Phil Taylor vs Adrian Lewis
For all intents and purposes Phil Taylor is through to next week but he needs to avoid defeat or lose narrowly to make sure of that. He faces his former practice partner Adrian Lewis who can no longer make it to the o2.
Taylor dealt out a couple of shellackings to Lewis last season but Lewis won their first meeting this year and now has two successive wins over Taylor to his name. If Taylor needs to avoid defeat here I think he will but this isn’t a match for me to bet on.
Peter Wright vs Raymond Barneveld
Peter Wright can still finish top of the table if he can better Michael van Gerwen’s result and having won the European Tour event at the weekend whitewashing MVG in the final he can’t be in better form coming into this match. Barneveld is out of the tournament but might fancy one last hurrah before he goes.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Barneveld goes in at big odds here but it is hard to look beyond Wright at the minute. He’s plenty short enough for my liking though so I’m going to let this one play out without having a bet on it.
Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson
The regular season concludes with a repeat of the world final. Michael van Gerwen won that night and if he wins here he will top the league and face either Gary Anderson or Phil Taylor in the semi-final next week.
You could tell in his interview last week that Anderson is going to be up for playing this one and in a raucous part of Scotland I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the crowd get involved to Anderson’s advantage here. There is no doubt van Gerwen isn’t quite at it at the minute. He was tonked by Taylor with a raft of missed doubles last week and then whitewashed by Peter Wright after missing a bunch more in Germany on Sunday. If Anderson really fancies the job here he could be value at 3/1.
Back D.Chisnall to beat J.Wade for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with Betbright
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Back G.Anderson to beat M.van Gerwen for a 2/10 stake at 4.00 with NetBet