Thursday 24th March. 7PM. Sky Sports 1
The first phase of this year’s Premier League Darts campaign has reached the penultimate week, and it should be a phenomenal night as the drama heads to the Liverpool Echo Arena.
There’s no James Wade this week, but the other nine players will be out to put in big performances. And with a little luck, we’ll be bouncing back to winning ways after a rare night of disappointment last week.
Let’s play darts.
Make Or Break For The Thorn
There’s still a long way to go in terms of the overall competition, but Robert Thornton could be just two weeks from the trap door as phase one comes towards its climax. However, the rock bottom Scotsman has got a huge chance of saving his tournament as he takes to the stage twice in Liverpool.
The match against fellow relegation favourite could not be bigger. Both men have failed for form, but a win here could give them hopes of at least reaching the next phase. In truth, they’d still be unlikely to progress to finals day, but this is still a massive contest. For once, each player will enter with confidence too.
If Thornton fails to beat Smith, then only a win against Michael van Gerwin will suffice. Given the way that both men have played in recent weeks, it would take a miracle for the underdog to shock the Dutch master. But you can bet every last penny that the 48-year-old will fight till the very end.
One way or the other, it’s a massive night for the Thorn. It will be interesting to see what he can do.
Snakebite Enough To Take Down The Power
The nights other three matches are all mouth-watering encounters, with Phil Taylor v Peter Wright standing out as a potential cracker. The Power was brilliant last week as he clawed his way back to draw with MVG. However, he should expect another tight contest as he takes on Snakebite.
Wright may have lost to Gary Anderson last week, but a win over Taylor would put him back in with a great shout of a top four spot. As the underdog, he will need to be at his best, but a 101.01 three-dart average suggests that he can push the Power all the way.
Reigning champ Anderson is going for a sixth straight win following two victories last Thursday in Glasgow, and he should be confident against Dave Chisnall. Chizzy is hitting decent scores, but cannot seem to buy a win right now. If he does lose again here, he could be facing a premature exit next week Cardiff.
With Adrian Lewis facing Raymond van Barneveld too, it should be a thrilling night in Liverpool. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for some winning bets too.
Premier League Darts: Week 8 Betting
Last week was far from great on the betting front, but we’re hopeful of bouncing back this week, starting with a double.
Anderson might not outscore Chizzy on the maximums front, but the defending champ has certainly started to find his form and we think he’ll hit a fair few 180s, especially if Chisnall takes him all the way. Meanwhile, we’re predicting Lewis to hit more than Barney too.
As for the Betfred acca, which we’ll be backing once more with the knowledge that one losing selection would bring a refund, we’re predicting no draws. However, we do see Wright upsetting Taylor.
Even a £10 stake would land a return of over £250. We’ve already hit one big winner this tournament, let’s grab another here.