Scotland V England Saturday 24th February. 4:45PM. BBC One Scotland v England renew their rivalry…
The 2018 Premier League season is only two games in, yet it’s already shaping up to be one of the most exciting campaigns ever. The excitement and drama is likely to be cranked up another gear as the show heads to Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.
With everyone beating everyone, even the absence of the retired Phil Taylor is starting to feel almost unnoticeable. Get ready for another five fascinating matches at the oche on Thursday night.
MVG Meets Anderson In Battle Of The Premier League Giants
With one win and one loss apiece, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson enter week three both sitting outside of the top four. However, the two men that have won each of the last three Premier League titles between them will be expected to go all the way to London’s O2 in May – especially if the Flying Scotsman can overcome the back injury.
Finals Night is still a long way away, though, and there’s a lot of darts to be played between now and then. Anderson and MVG have produced some classic matches over the years, often getting the best out of each other. This could be the perfect match for both players to fire a signal of intent for the weeks ahead.
Despite a poor showing last week, MVG has started the new season in good form, topping the UK Open Qualifiers list. Anderson, who finished sixth over the six events, will be hopeful that last week’s win over Gerwyn Price is a sign of things to come. On his day, the two-time champion is more than capable of beating anyone on the planet.
This rivalry has been one of the best in recent years. Let’s hope it lives up to the billing in Newcastle.
Snakebite Looking For Wright Formula To Rob Cross Of A First Win
While all five matches have the potential to provide fireworks, the other headline clash sees Peter Wright face Rob Cross in what is another huge match for both. After just two weeks of action, the pressure is already building on the world champion as he bids to break his Premier League duck. For Wright, though, one win and one draw serves as the ideal platform to build another successful campaign.
Last year’s runner-up was beaten by Cross in Saturday’s UK Open qualifier event, but can look to put in a big performance here. Anything could happen over 12 legs, and this one has all the ingredients to be a cracker.
Thursday’s action begins with Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith as the Austrian looks to secure his first point(s) of the campaign against an in-form Bully Boy who has two wins to his name already. Elsewhere, early leader Simon Whitlock faces Raymond van Barneveld, who is also unbeaten with one win and one draw so far.
The night’s other clash sees Price and Daryl Gurney face off in a battle of two Premier League newbies. With both men off the mark with a solitary point each, a victory in Newcastle could be huge.
Premier League Darts Week 3 Betting
All five matches seem fairly evenly matched, but we still have a couple of bets lined up. For the first, we’re going double Dutch by backing Barney and MVG to win their respective matches.
The defending champ will be desperate to beat Anderson after last week’s disappointment while Barney has started the year well. With a chance to almost treble our stake, it’s well worth a punt.
BET: Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld to win @ 1.96/1 with Boylesports
Our second double comes from the 180s markets of Price v Gurney and Wright v Cross. In the latter game, we’re hopeful that the two brilliant players will push each other on, resulting in at least seven maximums over the 12 legs.
As for the other match, we’re simply backing Gurney to outscore Price on that front.
BET: Over 6.5 match 180s (Wright v Cross) and Gurney most 180s (v Price) @ 2.17/1 with Betfair