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Ahoy, it’s Rotterdam week for the PDC Premier League campaign and it promises to be another thrilling night on Dutch soil.
All 10 competitors will be looking for a big night in front of the energetic crowd and, with just a fortnight to go until Judgement Night, points are becoming more vital than ever. We expect fireworks from the off, and will hopefully increase our tournament profit in the process.
Let’s play darts!
MVG To Underline Number 1 Status On Home Soil?
The headline act of the night sees Dutch hero Michael van Gerwen take on Phil The Power Taylor in what should be an incredible battle over 12 legs. If the home fans favourite picks up the win, it’s safe to say he will be on his way to London on May 18th.
MVG wasn’t at his absolute best last week following his return from injury, but will be well up for this one at the Ahoy Arena, not least because he faces his nemesis. Mighty Mike has proved himself to be the most consistent player over the last couple of years, and his current average of 105.39 highlights those sentiments to perfection. However, Taylor remains one of the players still capable of beating him.
The retiring Taylor may need to pick up the two points too in his final Premier League trip to Rotterdam. The six-time winner is currently fourth on seven points while MVG has eight and a game in hand. With a host of players waiting just outside the top four, the 56-year-old could do with avoiding defeat at the very least.
Taylor is the past while MVG is both the present and future. In front of the Rotterdam supporters, the defending champ will want to underline that in style. It should be a cracker.
Barney Hoping To Upset Anderson
MVG is joined by two other Dutch players, and Raymond van Barneveld could take the roof down if he beats the Flying Scotsman Gary Anderson. A win for Barney would reignite those hopes of reaching the finals night. However, his opponent has lost just once in this tournament and looked confident in a 7-3 win over Dave Chisnall last Thursday. Frankly, the Dutchman is an underdog, but there’s plenty of bite left in him.
The night’s action gets underway with the final Dutchman in action as Jelle Klaasen takes on James Wade. Rock-bottom Klaasen is in desperate need of a big win, and would love to get it here. After slipping out of the top four, though, Wade will be equally desperate to get the victory.
Elsewhere, current leader Peter Wright will be aiming to take another huge step towards the O2 Arena by overcoming Chizzy, who has improved but is probably set for a second loss to Scottish opponents in as many weeks.
Adrian Lewis takes on Kim Huybrechts in the other match, and should be in buoyant mood after beating Taylor last Thursday. A win could put Jackpot back in the hunt. If he loses, though, his uphill battle will look as steep as his Belgian opponent’s.
Premier League Darts Week 7 Betting
We had a fantastic night on the betting front last weekend, and will be aiming to bag another pair of winning doubles from the action in Rotterdam.
Our first double is a simple straight win double. Back Wright to continue his great form, and combine it with Wade to get back to winning ways against Klaasen.
For our second double, we’re backing MVG to perform in front of his compatriots by landing a highest checkout of at least 110. After all, Taylor often brings the best out of the world number one, and we expect that to happen once more.
Double that up with Lewis to hit more maximums than Huybrechts.
Peter Wright & James Wade to both win @ 2.4/1 with Paddy Power
MVG to checkout over 109.5 & Lewis most 180s (v Huybrechts) @ 2.66/1 with William Hill