End of the line for Newton
For the first time in this year’s Premier League we can officially say it is a must win match and it is Wes Newton who has got himself in this situation knowing that a loss in Glasgow will mean he will be relegated the following week.
The Warrior has managed just one win and one draw in seven matches so far and unsurprisingly he is bottom of the table following those results. He certainly hasn’t embarrassed himself with his performances with some very good scoring going on through the competition but he just has not been able to keep up at crucial times.
This could well be the case again this week against Gary Anderson who himself is in a bit of a sticky situation as his heavy defeat against Michael van Gerwen last time out has left him in the bottom two perilously close to the relegation cut off. The Scot has been predictably inconsistent throughout the competition which is why he is in trouble and although he is the strong favourite against Newton it is never easy to have much confidence in him.
The venue may play a part this week though with the Premier League coming to Glasgow where Anderson is the man on everybody’s lips. Newton will never have had to deal with the abuse that he will receive in Glasgow on Thursday simply because he is Ando’s opponent. This could well be enough to swing the result in the Flying Scotsman’s favour and why he is a best price of 10/11 with a number of bookies for the win.
To squeeze a bit of value out of this one it may well be worth taking the -2.5 handicap on Anderson at 6/5 with Betfred and unfortunately see an end to the Warrior as a force in his debut Premier League.
The final contest on Thursday sees a repeat of December’s World Championship semi-final between Michael van Gerwen and James Wade and we will all be hoping they can repeat some of the fireworks they produced at the Alexandra Palace.
MVG’s 9-dart antics will live long in the memory and this should be another great game between two players performing brilliantly of late. MVG has just one loss in seven games and the Machine two which leaves them strongly tipped to make the final four at this juncture.
Mighty Mike’s average of over 107 in his battering of Anderson last week has made him the heavy odds-on favourite for his clash with the Machine, the best anyone can offer being the 8/13 with Stan James on another win for the Dutchman. This means that Wade is very long indeed at 10/3 with and there will be very few matches indeed that he is that kind of price for.
MVG may well come through and win this one but Wade has proved this year more than ever that he can battle and take players all the way. His draw against Phil Taylor showed this, as did the 6-6 last week against Raymond van Barneveld and he could do the same again this time around to van Gerwen. Over 11.5 legs looks like a good bet for this one with Wade in too good form to be blown away; are offering 11/8 on this market and that looks pretty tasty.
Gary Anderson (-2.5) to win @ 6/5 with Betfred
James Wade v Michael van Gerwen over 11.5 legs @ 11/8 with Bet Victor
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