Thursday 28st April. 7PM. Sky Sports 1
The race for a place in London on May 19th has hit overdrive and, while we know the name of one name heading to finals night, this week’s action in Birmingham could go a long way to settling the other three spots.
In truth, the second spot is almost guaranteed, but five stars are battling out for the final two spots and we could be in for a classic night of arrows in front of the noisy Barclaycard Arena. The night brings five fascinating matches, and we’ll be glued to the action throughout.
Let’s hope to win some money too.
Big Night For Wright
With three nights to play, Peter Wright is hanging on to his hopes of a last four appearance by a thread. However, with a game in hand on most of those above him, Thursday night could be his saviour.
It certainly won’t be easy for Snakebite, who is four points adrift of the top four before the night starts. The 46-year-old takes on an in-form Phil Taylor, followed by defending champ Gary Anderson. Wright will hope that the Power’s confirmed qualification might give him a slight advantage, but the odds are still stacked against him.
Wright has never reached finals night and looks unlikely to better his 2014 5th-placed finish here. Anderson, meanwhile, will be looking to win that encounter plus his other clash against Raymond van Barneveld to virtually seal his place on May 19th.
Will it be unlucky week 13 for either Wright or Anderson, or can the Scotsmen keep their respective dreams alive? Whatever happens, we’re expecting lots of drama.
MVG To Seal Progress?
After picking up maximum points in last week’s double header in Bournemouth, Mighty Michael van Gerwin will almost certainly join Taylor at the O2 Arena. The young Dutchman will be eager to confirm that, though, with a positive result against James Wade.
The Machine won’t go down without a fight, and knows he can resurrect his own hopes with a big performance in Birmingham. Should he lose, however, his hopes of a top four finish could be all but over.
That will depend on Adrian Lewis’s performance against the already eliminated Robert Thornton, though. Jackpot is currently just one point ahead of 5th-placed Wade, but the opportunity to open up a three point gap going into the final fortnight could be huge.
One way or another, we should have a far clearer image come the end of play. Bring it on.
Premier League Darts: Week 13 Betting
It’s at the stage where every game can be a little difficult to predict as a couple of players have nothing to play for whilst others have to deal with the pressure. However, we think we’ve found a decent single to make it unlucky week 13 for the bookies.
Lewis is one of those players that could really do with a win, and we think he should get it with relative ease against the Thorn. After all, the Scotsman has picked up just six points so far and lost 7-4 to Jackpot back on week nine too. This week, we’re backing him to lead the 180s count.
Meanwhile, we’ll be hoping to land the big one with the final acca of the tournament. We’ve had one huge winner and three or four refunds using the Betfred acca insurance, so we’re well in front. Hopefully we can land one last pay day.