Thursday 21st April. 7PM. Sky Sports 1
With under a month to go until finals night at London’s O2 Arena, Premier League darts heads to the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday for what could be a crucial night in settling the race for a top four finish.
All eight players will step up to the oche with the knowledge that this is a huge night as phase two reaches its midpoint. Expect insane drama across five mouth-watering fixtures. Let’s play darts!
Can MVG Double Up In Style?
This week, it’s the turn of Michael van Gerwin and Adrian Lewis to play two matches and both men know that four points would be massive in Bournemouth. The pair currently sit second and third respectively, with the Dutchman sitting one point above Jackpot, and their showdown could be a classic.
Both men are scoring well whilst the fast-throwing nature means that this 12 legs could fly by. Will Mighty Mike repeat the 7-4 win from phase 1, or will Lewis exact his revenge? Either way, it should be an absolute corker.
However, MVG will first look to overcome Peter Wright. For Snakebite, it really is a match that he cannot lose. The Scotsman’s ability to handle the pressure could be key. Similarly, Barney will need a win in Lewis’s first game. Otherwise, it will essentially be curtains for the 2014 champion.
The results of MVG and Lewis will have a massive say, but it’s certainly not the only action to sink our teeth into.
Can Taylor Power His Way To Finals Night
A 7-5 win over Barney last week saw Phil Taylor hit 20 points, and a win over Robert Thornton would confirm his spot on May 19th. The Thorn is heading out, but he’d love to score a positive result against the best player ever.
Taylor certainly won’t show any mercy, though, and will be fully expecting to get the points. And the final player that joins him on finals night could be highly influenced by the other match as James Wade takes on defending champ Gary Anderson.
It’s advantage Anderson, who holds a one-point lead and a game in hand, but a win for the Machine would pile pressure on the Flying Scotsman. Meanwhile, a bad night for Lewis could also drag the two-time World Champion into the equation.
We’ll know a lot more by 11pm. Until then, just sit back and soak in the action.
Premier League Darts: Week 12 Betting
Our overall profit has been huge this tournament, but we haven’t had the best luck as far as phase two is concerned. Let’s turn that round with some big winners on Thursday.
First up, we’re backing MVG to bring his best to Bournemouth. Lewis should encourage the Dutchman to perform, especially in the 180s department. As long as this game lasts for 11 or 12 legs, we’d fancy at least five from Mighty Mike.
Meanwhile, we’re predicting the outcome of all five matches with the knowledge that four out of five would bring a refund. Come on boys, bring us some money.