Thursday 4th May. 7PM. Sky Sports 2
With just two rounds of matches to play before play-off night at London’s O2 Arena, the PDC’s top stars head to Sheffield for what should be another thrilling night of Premier League action.
There might be only four matches to sink our teeth into, but those contests should provide bags of entertainment as players do battle for a top four finish. Bring it on!
MVG & Wright Already Through
While two places at the O2 remain up for grabs, two players have already sealed their top four places after 14 matches of dominance.
Firstly, defending champion Michael van Gerwen sits top of the table with a return of 22 points. The Dutchman takes on Phil Taylor, who he beat in last year’s final, and will be eager to showcase his class by repeating his victory over the Power in phase one of this year’s competition. However, Taylor know that three points over the next two weeks should be enough to clinch fourth spot, and should be ruled out at your peril.
Peter Wright will also be heading to London in what has already been a very successful season following a first major title and a level of consistency that sees him knocking on the door of dart’s very top table. He takes on Adrian Lewis, who is in desperate need of a win back on 13 points,
Can Snakebite confirm a top two finish to avoid a semi-final against Van Gerwen, or will Jackpot keep his hopes of a top four finish alive?
Anderson, Barney, & Chizzy All Wanting Wins
With just two weeks to go, everyone apart from James Wade has a realistic chance of reaching the last four. For Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall, though, Thursday’s battle in Sheffield could be the last chance saloon.
Barney is in a slightly better position on 14 points, but Chizzy could leapfrog the Dutchman with a win. The Englishman has been far better in this phase than he was during phase one, and will be quietly optimistic about his chances. However, the experience of the Dutchman could play a huge factor too.
In the night’s other contest, Gary Anderson could potentially seal his place in London by beating Wade, who has faded away in spite of last week’s win over Lewis. The Machine is still capable of beating anyone on his day, though, and the Flying Scotsman would be a fool to take this one lightly.
Whatever happens, the penultimate week before London should be a cracker. Let’s hope we can land some profit.
Premier League Darts Week 14 Betting
After recording a whitewash against Lewis last week, MVG is through and can play without pressure. However, against Taylor, the reward of winning remains far too grand to ignore.
The world number one should underline the fact that he is now the king ahead of Taylor. We’re backing MVG to hit the highest checkout, most 180s, and win the contest.
For our second bet, we’re on a double. Firstly, we’re backing Anderson to outscore wade on the maximums. After all, the Flying Scotsman has hit 46 compared to Wade’s 22 over the past 14 matches.
Double that with Chizzy on the draw no bet market, knowing that a draw would at least bring a refund.