Thursday 13th April. 7PM. Sky Sports 1
The race to London’s O2 Arena is becoming fiercer by the week as the eight remaining PDC stars do battle in the second phase of this year’s Premier League, and the battle shows no sign of slowing down as the event heads to Liverpool.
Five matches will take place at the Echo Arena, of which all five have a significant role to play in deciding the top four. Frankly, that should make for a fascinating night at the oche.
Bring it on!
Scottish Duo Double Up
Week two of phase two is headlined by Gary Anderson v Peter Wright in what could be a massive night for both Scottish stars as they each play twice.
Two-time champion Anderson currently sits fifth on 11 points, but will fancy his chances of beating rock-bottom Dave Chisnall to give himself a great chance of finishing the night back in the top four – especially if Phil Taylor was to lose his match.
As for Wright, the match against Anderson might be the easier challenge on paper because his first match comes against current leader Michael van Gerwen. This is a great opportunity for Snakebute In a year that has also produced a first major title, and four points would see him end the night sitting top of the pile.
However, two defeats could leave Wright in danger of missing out after a phenomenally consistent start. Whatever happens, all three contests should be thrilling spectacles. But they aren’t the only reasons to get excited.
Can Taylor Turn The Power On?
Regardless of what happens with Anderson, Taylor knows that a win in Liverpool would keep him in a great position as he looks to qualify for London in his final Premier League campaign. In truth, he has a fantastic chance of getting it.
James Wade put in a great performance against MVG last week, but still lost before also losing to Raymond van Barneveld. Unfortunately, that means it’s probably curtains for the Machine even if he steps up his game over the next five weeks. A good start for Taylor could set the tone for a fairly comfortable evening.
The night’s other clash sees Barney take on Adrian Lewis, and both men are still very much in the hunt for a top four finish. The Dutchman is in the better position right now, sitting third on 14 points, although he has played one more game than most. Nonetheless, a repeat of the 7-5 victory back in week one would put him on course to reach the last four.
Jackpot is up to 11 points after what was probably the performance of the night against Anderson last week in Dublin. If the 2011 runner up can continue his resurgence with two points here, those hopes of appearing in London will look brighter than ever.
Premier League Darts Week 11 Betting
Last week was our worst week of the tournament so far, although we can consider ourselves fairly unlucky not to have picked up the Wade double. Unfortunately, it didn’t come in, but we’re hoping to bounce back in style here.
After last week’s loss, Anderson simply cannot afford to slip up in his first game against Chizzy. We don’t think he will and will be backing a winning margin of at least three legs. Combine that with Lewis and Barney to produce at least seven 180s between them.
For our second double, we’re backing under 5.5 180s from Taylor and Wade, who are the lowest scoring maximum scorers left in the competition. Pressure is on while neither player is shy of switching to the t19.
Double that with a full 12 legs between Anderson and Wright to hopefully recover last week’s loss bolster our tournament profits once more.