Thursday 20th April. 7PM. Sky Sports 1
With less than a month to go until play-off night at London’s O2 Arena, the Premier League’s eight remaining superstars head to Northern Ireland for what should be an incredible night at Belfast’s SSE Arena.
Given that nobody is through or out, all five matches should provide plenty of thrills and spills. With a little but of luck, we’ll be picking up a little profit too!
Stand up if you love the darts!
Will The Power Spark Into Life?
The retiring Phil Taylor might be sitting fifth in the table, but Thursday’s trip to Belfast is the perfect opportunity for him to climb back into the top four. That’s because he will place on what is likely to be his most important week of the tournament.
Taylor’s first opponent is Gary Anderson, who he trails by just one point, so even a draw would set him up nicely to end the night ahead of the Flying Scotsman, especially as he second match of the night comes against Dave Chisnall.
Given that Chizzy sits rock bottom, Taylor will be expected to pick up at least two points. If he can turn his 13 points into 17, however, his hopes of progressing to the last four will look better than ever.
After such a long and successful career at the top, most fans would want to see the six-time winner in London. One way or the other, we should be a lot closer to knowing by 11p.m.
Dutch Masters Set To Do Battle In Belfast
In additions to Taylor’s matches, there are another three taking place in Belfast starting with Chizzy against Adrian Lewis. While Chisnall is unlikely to progress regardless of Thursday’s results, Jackpot is still very much in the hunt for a place in London thanks to his recent improvements. Two points for the two-time world champ would go a long way to helping his cause.
Meanwhile, league leader Michael van Gerwen faces compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in what should be a thrilling spectacle between two darting greats. Barney might not boast the explosiveness or consistency that MVG has, but he is more than capable of causing an upset on his day. The Northern Irish could be in for a treat.
The night’s other encounter sees Peter Wright take on James Wade. A poor week for Snakebite in Liverpool means that the Scotsman still has plenty of work to do in the bid for London. Wade’s win over Taylor keeps him in the hunt, just, but even an upset in this one would leave him facing an uphill task
At this stage of the tournament, points are the only thing that matter. Expect intense drama from start to end.
Premier League Darts Week 12 Betting
The second phase of this year’s tournament hasn’t been overly kind to us on the betting front, but we’re looking to bounce back with a couple of winning selections from Thursday’s action in Belfast.
For our double, we’re backing Anderson to outscore Taylor on the 180s market. Couple that with MVG to beat the checkout line against a player that will push him all the way in a 7/4 double.
For once, we’re also moving away from the doubles in favour of a single. We’re backing Taylor to close the night with a bug win over Chisnall, regardless of what happens in his clash against Anderson.
Chizzy could be be out before taking to the stage for his second clash of the night. Even if he isn’t, we’re backing Taylor to chuck in a vintage display by winning with a margin of four legs or more.