Thursday 27th April. 7PM. Sky Sports 5
Just three weeks of drama stand between the eight remaining Premier League stars and a place at next month’s play-off night. So as thee PDC bandwagon heads to Birmingham, all eyes are on the prize of points.
It’s the final week where five matches will take place, so it’s set to be a thrilling evening at the Barclaycard Arena. By the end of it, we should be a lot closer to knowing the top four. With a little luck, we’ll be counting some steady profit too.
Big Night For Lewis
Adrian Lewis enters this week’s action sitting sixth in the table, but the fact he has two games to play means he could end the night comfortable in top four and on the cusp of a place in London next month. However, if Jackpot is to grab four points, he’ll have to be at his very best.
The 2011 runner-up will fancy his chances as he takes to the stage against James Wade, who is virtually out on 10 points. The Machine has struggled for form in recent weeks yet remains capable of putting in a big performance. Nonetheless, the incentive will be with Lewis as he looks to avenge the 7-4 defeat in phase one.
Lewis’s second match of the night might not be quite so easy, though, as he takes on defending champion Michael van Gerwen. MVG is top of the pile despite playing one less than everyone except Jackpot.
Then again, if the Dutchman wins his opening match of the night against Dave Chisnall, he could already be through. While MVG simply doesn’t have the mentality to accept defeat, that could see him tae the foot off the pedal to leave an opening for Lewis. Whatever happens, it should be a thrilling night at the oche.
Can Snakebite Turn Off The Power
The drama doesn’t end stop with those three matches, however. In arguably the game of the night, Peter Wright takes on Phil Taylor. Two points for Snakebite would probably secure a place at the O2 while The Power will be thinking that two points should put him on course for a similar fate. Quite frankly, that should make for a memorable battle Birmingham.
In the night’s other clash, Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld are both on potentially rocky ground, especially if Lewis was to pick up three points or more. Barney and the Flying Scotsman are both on 14 points right now, although it’s Anderson who is currently hugging fourth spot. AS such, this could be a monumental clash that has a big say on their respective fates.
Come the end of Thursday’s matches just four more points will be on offer. With that in mind, the need for a big performance is simply massive. Prepare yourselves for five matches of the highest calibre.
Premier League Darts Week 13 Betting
Every match has the potential to go either way, and that’s especially true when looking at the Taylor v Wright showdown. Taylor is the king of darts, but is no longer the relentlessly consistent machine he was. Nevertheless, his best is still capable of winning any match.
One thing that we don’t expect to see often from Taylor, however, is maximum scores. He’s hit just 29 in the tournament, 11 fewer than Wright. We’re backing that trend to continue here.
While everyone has something to play for, it’s Lewis who needs to start the night well against Wade. We’re backing him to do just that by sealing the points.
Double that with Anderson to beat Barney as the Flying Scotsman looks to finally regain control of his campaign. For two straight results, the odds are just over 11/5.