Thursday 23rd February. 7PM. Sky Sports 1
The Premier League roadshow heads south to Brighton on Thursday and week four promises to see the drama reach fever pitch as the 10 darting superstars battle it out for points.
As we approach the halfway stage of the first phase, it’s still everything to play for at both ends of the table. Who will show their credentials for early dominance in the race for London? Who will give suffer another blow as we edge towards the stage where two players drop out? We should know a little more come the end of Thursday’s action, and we’re already preparing ourselves for a cracker.
Let’s play darts.
Can Lewis Upset The King?
It has been business as usual for the phenomenal Michael van Gerwen, and the reigning champ is now top of the pile, edging out Phil Taylor thanks to a superior three-dart average. If he can pick up another two points at the Brighton Centre, his place through to phase two will already look virtuall sealed.
The Dutchman should be confident too because his opponent simply isn’t performing right now. Adrian Lewis will be bitterly disappointed with a return of two points from six, and particularly the lacklustre showing against James Wade last Thursday night. However, we all know that Jackpot is capable of brilliance and still has more than enough time to things around.
In fact, this could be just the game for Lewis to do just that. The two-time champion has enjoyed a number of fantastic encounters against MVG through the years. As two of the fastest throwers on the circuit, they often bring the best out of each other.
Let’s hope they do it once more here because if they do, we could be in for a classic.
Taylor & Wade Looking To Keep Up With The Champ
MVG isn’t the only player on five points, however, and Taylor will be looking to make it seven points from eight with a routine win over the struggling Kim Huybrechts. The Power arguably hasn’t hit top form just yet, but he is well on course to reach finals night in his final Premier League campaign and should take another giant leap here against an opponent currently looking odds on for the early exit.
Huybrechts isn’t rock-bottom, though. That unenviable position is currently held by Jelle Klaasen, who has lost three from three. The Dutchman is scoring quite well, and may fancy his chances against Dave Chisnall. However, a loss in Brighton would probably signal curtains for the Cobra.
Back at the top, James Wade has enjoyed a phenomenal start to the campaign after and sits alongside MVG and Taylor on five points. The Machine has already picked up points in difficult matches, but this encounter with Gary Anderson certainly won’t be easy – particularly as the Flying Scotsman is in need of the points as he aims to climb into the top four.
The final 12-leg battle at the oche sees Peter Wright take on Raymond van Barneveld. While Snakebite is probably a little more consistent these days, Barney certainly knows how to win while the Dutchman is hitting 180s better than anybody else right now. With both men realistically looking for one of two places alongside Taylor and MVG at the O2 Arena in May, this could already be a crucial battle in their respective bids.
It’s certainly a mouth-watering schedule; let’s hope it’ll be another profitable week on the betting front also.
Premier League Darts Week 4 Betting
After picking up minimal profit last week, our tournament bankroll is building quite nicely. Once again, we’ll be attacking Thursday’s action with a couple of tasty doubles.
First up, we’re looking at the maximums. Chizzy is always a threat and the possibility of 11 or 12 legs should see him hit at least five again here. Combine it with at least seven as MVG v Lewis for a 5/2 double.
Elsewhere, we’re backing Anderson to overcome an in-form Wade while we also fancy Taylor to see off Huybrechts.
In the case of Taylor, however, we’re predicting a lead of at least three legs. The double pays out at just over 9/5.