Barney can out-180 Taylor even in defeat
Premier League darts travels to what is fast becoming its spiritual home of Dublin on Thursday and the uber-noisy crowds are going to enjoy some cracking action, especially in the clash between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.
This fixture has generally been something of a Taylor walkover in recent years and that is why the Power is 1/2 in most places to win this week, but Barney is playing really well and should at least push him, if not defeat him.
Taylor’s last performance was ominously near his best and if he can muster that up again then he will beat Barney, however, the Dutchman can certainly triumph in the 180 market. The Power has never been a prolific maximum hitter and nothing has changed with his new darts as he has managed 18 in the opening seven weeks compared to Barney’s 24.
RvB is odds-on in places to out-180 the Power but looks good value to do so at 11/10 with Stan James.
One clash that should see plenty of maximums is Dave Chisnall taking on Adrian Lewis. We all knew Chizzy was a demon on the treble 20 before the tournament but few would have expected him to rack up 36 in seven weeks, nine more than anybody else.
Lewis is usually renowned for his 180 hitting but has been lacklustre by his standards and cannot be relied upon to perform in this competition. Chizzy has 15 more maximums than Jackpot in the tournament and it is amazing he is 23/20 with Boyle Sports to score more than him on Thursday. Their generosity should be accepted gratefully.
The safest bet of the night is in the same market in the clash between Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright. Snakebite really does not hit many maximums at all whilst MVG is rampant on them, the Dutchman to manage more than the Englishman on Thursday is available at 4/9 with Paddy Power and you can stick your house on that.
If you want a touch better value though then Wright is worth backing to win with a +2.5 handicap. Although MVG is playing superbly it has to be remembered that Wright is the only man not to have lost so far. He is incredibly difficult to beat and can pull results out of the fire as he did with a stunning 161 finish last week to draw with Barney. Wright (+2.5) is available at 10/11 with William Hill and looks a good bet.
The opening match of the evening sees Gary Anderson take on Wes Newton and it is surely time that Ando transfers his floor form to the big stage. The Scot has been winning Pro Tour tournaments left, right and centre so far this year but it has not quite clicked in the Premier League, this week it should though against Newton who is without a win in his last three.
Anderson can be backed at 8/11 with Sporting Bet and that looks a decent price on a man in fine fettle.
Newton then returns to the oche for the last game of the night against the struggling Simon Whitlock. One win and one draw is all the Aussie has been able to summon up thus far and he has not deserved much more than that going by his averages. Newton has been playing pretty well even in defeat and has a good recent record over the Wizard so it is he that is worth backing here. The Warrior is 7/5 to win with Boyle Sports and that is certainly worth backing.
Gary Anderson to win @8/11 with Sporting Bet
Dave Chisnall most 180s v Adrian Lewis @ 23/20 with Boyle Sports
Michael van Gerwen most 180s v Peter Wright @ 4/9 with Paddy Power
Raymond van Barneveld most 180s v Phil Taylor @ 11/10 with Stan James
Wes Newton to beat Simon Whitlock @ 7/5 with Boyle Sports
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 26/03/2014 - 16:22 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld , Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis