Barney and MVG set for heavy-scoring contest
The Premier League travels to Glasgow on Thursday and the highlight for many will be the Dutch derby between Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen which should be a contest of the highest quality.
These two tend to play well against one another and although MVG has been getting the better of recent contests, his compatriot has beaten him on the big stage in last year’s Masters and in the epic Grand Slam final in 2012. Both clashes between the two were high scoring and cracking entertainment and there should be more of the same this week. This is even more likely as we are in Scotland this week where Barney will get a rousing reception and where he usually plays well.
Both have been hitting plenty of maximums and we should expect more this week, especially from MVG. Over 6.5 in this match is available at EVENS with Betfred and if both men perform then there is every chance of that happening.
Arguably the most important match of the night will be between the winless pair of Simon Whitlock and Phil Taylor, the loser of which will be all but out of the competition. Whilst the Aussie being pointless at this stage is a surprise, Taylor’s three-game losing streak is mind blowing but surely cannot continue.
Taylor really has not played too badly at all; his three averages have been 98, 99 and 101 which makes it even harder to believe that he has lost all three games. Whitlock, in comparison, has been poor and peaked last week at a 95 average.
It has taken really excellent performances from three men thus far to defeat the Power and Whitlock does not look capable of producing one of those at this stage. Taylor may well end his losing run in some style this week and looks good at 10/11 with Paddy Power to win with a -2.5 handicap.
One very popular bet in Glasgow will be Scotland-native Robert Thornton to beat Wes Newton and at EVENS with William Hill he looks tremendous value. Newton may have back-to-back wins to his name but in neither game did his opponent really perform.
The Thorn certainly did perform last week as he battered Gary Anderson with a 105 average and showed last year that he likes playing in his home nation as he drew with MVG and hammered Whitlock 7-1. Thornton is odds-on in most places which looks about right and EVENS looks too good to turn down.
His fellow Scot, Anderson, has had a funny tournament so far, being on the wrong end of two stunning performances which have resulted in a pair of defeats but he is playing well himself. He takes on Dave Chisnall in Glasgow who is also in good form and with these two men turning in good performances there is only one outcome, a shed load of 180s. Chizzy has managed 15 this tournament already and over 6.5 in this contest is nailed on at 4/5 with Ladbrokes.
Finally, the first match of the evening is a tough one to call between Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis. Jackpot had been looking great but turned in an abject performance in defeat to Newton last week whilst Wright continued his good form to defeat Taylor. On those displays there is only one victor but Lewis is going to improve which makes this one very tight indeed.
Snakebite and Jackpot have had some very edgy battles in recent times and this will be another. Over 11.5 legs has not happened too often this tournament so far but at 5/4 with Sporting Bet for it to occur on Thursday it looks a good price.
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright over 11.5 legs @ 5/4 with Sporting Bet
Robert Thornton to win @ EVENS with William Hill
Phil Taylor (-2.5) to win @ 10/11 with Paddy Power
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld over 6.5 180s @ EVENS with Betfred
Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson over 6.5 180s @ 4/5 with Ladbrokes
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 25/02/2014 - 21:10 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld , Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis