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After a night dominated by draws Brighton, the stage is set at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena for another crucial night of action as the Premier League darts campaign enters week five.
At this stage of the competition, points are vital at both ends of the table, especially as not one player is racing towards the finals night in May. While some are in danger of dropping out at week nine, all 10 stars will still think the O2 Arena is an achievable target, and Thursday’s action could go a long way to providing a far clearer picture.
Bring it on!
Will Snakebite Give Lewis An Even Bigger Headache?
While he was hardly the pre-tournament favourite, Adrian Lewis will be bitterly disappointed to be sitting just one point above the relegation zone and he needs a big result in Exeter to get his Premier League campaign back on track. However, he could be in for another tough battle as he takes on Peter Wright.
Snakebite enters the night sitting fourth in the table, and will be backing himself to reach the finals night. A win here would ensure that he finishes the night in the top four, and would either see him climb the table or establish a gap over the chasing pack. With that motivation, the world number three should be set for a big performance.
Wright also boasts a decent record over Lewis in recent times, beating him twice in February. However, Jackpot has picked up some good results in the head-to-head meetings on the Premier League stage, which should give him extra confidence.
Both players are good scorers, and they both know how to finish too. If they both bring their best, it could be one of the best games of the tournament.
MVG & Wade Looking To Secure Top Spot
Three players enter week five with unbeaten records and a return of six points. Two of them meet in Exeter as the defending champion Michael van Gerwen takes on an in-form James Wade. MVG is outscoring everyone right now, but has yet to race away. Can the Machine keep up the pace? It should be a fascinating battle regardless.
The action gets underway, however, with relegation threatened Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld. Chizzy’s loss to Jelle Klaasen means that he needs at least a draw in this one, but Barney certainly won’t make it easy, not if his current tally of 180s is anything to go by. Two points would put the Dutchman back in the hunt for a top four position, and it might just spell curtains for Chizzy.
That’s because fellow strugglers Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts face each other on Thursday night also. While the Dutchman will be buoyant by last week’s win, the Belgian is still without a victory in the Premier League this year. Having said that, his scoring power has been more than good enough to suggest he could follow last week’s draw against Phil Taylor with a winner here.
Despite that draw last week, Taylor is still joint top with six points. However, the six-time champion is in for another tough battle against two-time winner Gary Anderson. The Flying Scotsman is back on four points with Barney, but knows a win will put him back on track for a place in London. Frankly, it could be 12 legs of non-stop drama.
Premier League Darts Week 5 Betting
Last week’s draw fest knocked a dent in the overall profit, but we’re hopeful that Thursday’s action will provide some clearer results.
In the battle at the bottom, we’re backing Huybrechts to finally grab a first win thanks to his superiority with the checkouts. While MVG will be favoured against Wade, we’re predicting another good performance from the Machine – even if he does end up losing.
James Wade +3.5 legs handicap & Huybrechts win @ 4.46/1 with Coral
Our second double comes via the 180s market. In the night’s opening encounter, both men are more than capable of producing maximums for fun. Given that there’s a good chance we’ll see a fair amount of legs, eight or more in total is more than possible.
Meanwhile, Anderson needs a big result. Whether he gets the win or not, he should outscore Taylor on the maximums front. Hopefully, those two selections will land another 2/1 winner.
Over 7.5 match 180s (Chisnall v Barney) & Anderson most 180s @ 2.06/1 with Betfair