The Premier League Darts roadshow travels north of the border to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow this evening, where a vociferous crowd always get behind home players Gary Anderson, Peter Wright and Robert Thornton.
The best match-up this week is without a doubt Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor. Here I’ve run through each game on the card and highlighted potential bets…
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
The reigning world champion Gary Anderson is sure to receive a hero’s welcome in the first game of the night, and he holds a decent record over Adrian Lewis. Since 2011, Lewis has beaten the Scot just once in the last nine meetings.
However, Anderson sometimes struggles when playing in front of home crowds, perhaps because the occasion adds an extra level of pressure and intensity. The 180 market is more appealing here, as Jackpot landed five maximums last week and Anderson is usually handy on the treble 20 bed. Also, the 2-2 correct score after four legs looks worth a go at 11/8.
Over 7.5 180s - EVS
James Wade v Robert Thornton
I’m always hesitant to back against Scottish players when they play on home turf, such is the influence of the noisy crowd. Despite that, Robert Thornton is in a terrible run of form and has just one point to his name. The Thorn has already been whitewashed twice so far, with 7-0 defeats to Phil Taylor and Dave Chisnall.
Wade should be able to keep a cool head in this one and record a victory to keep his playoff hopes on track. The Machine has a consistent style and can win with a few legs to spare here, against an opponent who has recorded the lowest average every single week of this tournament except one.
James Wade -2.5 leg handicap – 5/6
Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor
You may want to set an alarm for around 8:45 this evening to ensure you do not miss this one. Van Gerwen, the best darts player on the planet right now, meets the greatest of all-time – Phil Taylor. Mighty Mike has the upper hand in the head-to-head, beating Taylor nine times in their last 10 meetings. That trend should continue tonight.
The Dutchman is simply on fire this year, winning six PDC titles already and records incredible averages on a weekly basis. In recent matches Taylor has seemed unable to cross the finish line when he faces van Gerwen, who tops the table on leg difference. MVG should be able to edge The Power, whilst over 7.5 180s (5/4) is another good option.
Michael van Gerwen to win & both players to win four legs - 21/10
Raymond van Barneveld v Dave Chisnall
These two men always seem to have very close battles in the Premier League, with all four meetings going to the deciding leg. There is mileage in backing the draw here but it’s a correct score punt which interests me instead. Dave Chisnall was one the tournament’s star performers last year, but the St Helens man has not been able to replicate that this time around, picking up a single point in the last five games.
Raymond van Barneveld sits one place and one point above Chizzy, but is a very difficult player to predict, with his form changing on most weeks. Chisnall cannot find a win from anywhere so perhaps Barney, with the backing of the crowd who love the big Dutchman, will nick this.
Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 correct score – 11/1
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
The final game of the evening sees Anderson returning to the stage to face countryman Peter Wright, who will fancy himself to get a result. As mentioned, the pressure will be on Anderson and players often struggle when tasked with two matches on one night, so it could be worth opposing the favourite here.
Wright has averaged 108 and 106 the last two weeks, and even won a tournament at the weekend so should be full of confidence. Assuming he doesn’t change his darts, Snakebite can upset the odds and sneak a victory here.
Peter Wright draw no bet – 6/4
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