Flying Scotsman to soar past Chisnall
Just two weeks remain before the Premier League finals night and time is running out to book one of the four places on that spectacular night at the O2 Arena. The man who looks to be timing his run to the top four to perfection, is Gary Anderson.
The Scot has found his best form in recent weeks, picking up three wins and two draws in his last five games; including a defeat of Michael van Gerwen last time out, which is something to savour. Anderson takes on Dave Chisnall in Newcastle on Thursday night and there is little to suggest he will not keep this form up.
Chizzy can no longer make finals night after defeats in his last two outings. He was also pretty poor in the Players Championship events over the weekend, a second round exit on Saturday was followed by first round defeat on Sunday. The momentum is only with one man going into this one, Anderson looks a good bet at 5/6 with William Hill.
A win for Ando should move him from fifth to fourth in the table, because the man currently above him is Peter Wright and he takes on Phil Taylor in Newcastle. Wright’s debut Premier League campaign started so promisingly but it appears to be tailing off, and with Taylor and Michael van Gerwen his last two opponents, he looks set to miss out on the semi-finals.
Taylor is relentless in producing ton-plus averages, and this should be enough to beat Snakebite by a reasonable margin. It will not be a thrashing, but the Power with a -2.5 handicap looks about right at 10/11 with Bet365.
The highest profile match of the evening is the all-Dutch battle between Van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld. These two are level on points and on leg difference at the top of the table so there is nothing in it going into their clash.
Barney won their previous encounter in this year’s event back in week four, and he has not lost since. RvB is now on a 12-match unbeaten run and has still only been defeated once in the competition. With this in mind, taking the Double Chance on Barney to win or the Draw at EVENS with Ladbrokes looks tremendous value.
Finally, with nothing much to play for, Robert Thornton and Adrian Lewis square-off in the North East. Thornton was sensational over the weekend as he won back-to-back Players Championship events in Wigan so he is clearly in superb form. The same cannot be said about Jackpot who is without a win in his last eight Premier League encounters.
Given this scenario, it is bizarre that Thornton is second favourite at 2/1 with Sky Bet. That is a price that should be snapped up.
Gary Anderson to win @ 5/6 with William Hill
Robert Thornton to win @ 2/1 with Sky Bet
Phil Taylor (-2.5) to win @ 10/11 with Bet365
Raymond van Barneveld/Draw @ EVENS with Ladbrokes