Hammer nailed on to beat Wade
It was a top quality start to the Premier League last week with plenty of excitement but unfortunately a few ripped up betting slips along the way.
Rob Thornton’s win first up against Andy Hamilton didn’t help matters and whenever there is a draw then we’re in trouble and that is exactly what Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen served up, but we move swiftly on.
The opening match in week two sees the man with the highest average from week one, Raymond van Barneveld, take on a man who has quickly learned how difficult the Premier League is in Wes Newton.
Whether it was the enormous crowd or the nerves of his debut in the competition or simply some bizarre choices of doubles that got to him it isn’t clear but the Warrior didn’t really perform in Belfast. Neither did the man who beat him, James Wade, but the more experienced man did enough in a low quality game. Newton will know that he will need to dramatically improve on that performance to have a chance against Barney in his second home of Scotland.
The Ducthman banged in a 102.02 average on night one and saw off Gary Anderson 7-4, a display that has seen him come in to third favourite for the competition and to an annoyingly small 8/11 to make the semis.
Barney is that same price to beat Newton in Aberdeen and it is hard to see any other result after the first round of action and with the crowd roaring on the five-time world champion. To squeeze some value out of it you can back Barney with a -2.5 handicap at 6/5 with Skybet. It is a little risky as Newton will surely improve, but with the form the Dutchman has shown winning by three legs is a distinct possibility.
Next up is Andy Hamilton facing James Wade in a contest that both men will have labelled as must wins if they are to avoid the dreaded drop after week nine. Hamilton will have been fuming to have lost his first week game against Thornton but he is strong mentally and will not have been put off by the narrow defeat.
We tipped up Wade to lose to Newton last week because he is traditionally a slow starter in this event and he was again, it was just that the Warrior was even slower. The Machine will have to improve if he want to make it two from two against the Hammer and he’ll know it after a loss and a draw against him last year.
The bookies don’t see a clear winner with neither man odds-on and despite one losing and one winning last week there is little between them in form. Given the Hammer’s performances last year against Wade he certainly looks the better value of the two as a second favourite at 15/8 with Blue Square.
The third contest of the night could be a bit of a show stopper as two of the more entertaining players on the circuit collide in the forms of Simon Whitlock and Gary Anderson.
Whitlock’s confidence will be high after he hammered Adrian Lewis 7-3 last week without even playing his best darts whilst Anderson will be rueing missed double once again as he comes off a loss against Barney.
Clearly Ando will have the crowd on his side in Aberdeen but this hasn’t always worked in his favour as we all remember the controversial night against Lewis two years ago in Glasgow and Whitlock isn’t one to be put off by the audience either.
The two have a very even record but it is the Aussie who has had the better of their biggest duels in recent times, knocking Anderson out of the Players Championship Finals last year, beating him in both Premier League contests 12 months ago and ousting him from the World Championships in 2011.
Whitlock’s form over recent months has simply been better than Anderson’s as well and given that he is coming off a big win from last week it is somewhat surprising he is odds-against to make it two from two this week. The 5/4 Skybet are offering on a win for the Wizard looks a very good price indeed.
Raymond van Barneveld (-2.5) to win @ 6/5 with Skybet
Andy Hamilton to win @ 15/8 Blue Square
Simon Whitlock to win @ 5/4 with Skybet
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 12/02/2013 - 12:58 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock
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