We’ve reached week four of the Premier League Darts campaign with the action coming from Brighton on Thursday night as the ten men involved in the tournament all looking for another win to ease the pressure on them when Judgement Night approaches.
Dave Chisnall vs Jelle Klaasen
Two of the bottom three heading into the night meet to begin the action when Dave Chisnall takes on Jelle Klaasen. Klaasen may not have a win this season yet but he does hold a 6-4 lead in the head to head between the two which includes five wins in the last seven.
Both men played well last week. Chisnall in beating Huybrechts and Klaasen in pushing MVG closer than many people expected and I see no reason why both won’t play well again this week given that they are settled into the tournament now.
Rather than picking the winner of what looks like a pretty even match up I’m going to take the 180s here. These two hit eight between them last week and they did on the opening week too so the chances of over 7.5 are good here. Both throw at a similar pace so we should open up with a hatful of maximums.
Michael van Gerwen vs Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen continues his quest to top the table in the second match of the evening when he takes on an Adrian Lewis who could be heavily looking over his shoulder were he to lose this match as he could end the night in the bottom two.
A couple of years ago this was a really even battle between two of the best younger players in the game but van Gerwen has kicked on to unprecedented levels and Lewis hasn’t been able to go with him. I no longer have the confidence that Lewis feels he can beat van Gerwen in the TV events and given that Lewis doesn’t play his best in this I expect MVG to win but the handicap lines have been set accordingly so I’ll sit this one out.
Gary Anderson vs James Wade
In many ways this one could be the match of the night as Gary Anderson looks to bounce back from a surprise defeat to Peter Wright last week when he takes on an unbeaten James Wade who will be looking to cement his place at the head of the table with a win here.
Anderson goes into the match 28-16 up in their head to head battles but I don’t think Wade will need reminding that he has won five of their last six matches and that he is becoming a bit of a bogey man for the Scot.
Wade does nothing special against Anderson but he is always there when a chance arises and that pressure is often enough to get to the former world champion. I wouldn’t be surprised if Wade gets something from this but I like the 180s on what is a low line. Wade has scored really well in this tournament while Anderson was hitting the 60 like it was the size of a barn door last week. Over 6.5 looks good to me.
Phil Taylor vs Kim Huybrechts
This will be an interesting match not just for the darts on the board but the actions off it. It is well known that Huybrechts’ celebrations or antics get to Taylor and I’m sure he’ll be out to wind the legend up here.
That said Taylor leads their head to head battles 11-1 so the overhyped celebrations don’t really ever do the Belgian much good. I would expect Taylor to win this but I think Huybrechts has performed better than his results have suggested so far. The head to head record is enough to put me off backing him though so I’ll sit this one out.
Raymond Barneveld vs Peter Wright
The closer for the evening sees Raymond Barneveld and Peter Wright battle it out for two huge Premier League points in a match neither will want to lose. Barneveld leads their head to head 8-5 but there have been three draws too.
Those three draws have all occurred in this tournament and indeed all five of their matches in this competition have gone the 12 leg distance and given that Wright is the favourite to win but Barneveld is playing nicely himself I see no reason why this one won’t go the distance either. Over 11.5 is odds against and we should have collected on it every time the two have played in the Premier League. I’ll back us to be collecting on it again.
Back D.Chisnall vs J.Klaasen – Over 7.5 180s for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with Betbright
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Back G.Anderson vs J.Wade – Over 6.5 180s for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with Bwin
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WON – Back R.Barneveld vs P.Wright – Over 11.5 legs for a 4/10 stake at 2.10 with Ladbrokes