Lewis and Taylor set for another classic
The Premier League got off to a stunning start last week and we are set for a match that could be even better in Bournemouth on Thursday with Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis the standout battle of the evening.
Taylor was on the wrong end of a whitewash last week against Michael van Gerwen whilst Lewis battered Simon Whitlock 7-1 so you would expect Jackpot to be favourite here but not so. In the intervening few days Taylor has won a UK Open qualifier and hit two nine-darters on his way to doing so. As a result the Power leads the way in the odds at 6/5 with Stan James.
It should not be forgotten though that the man that Taylor beat in the final in Wigan on Sunday was Lewis and that Jackpot reached the Friday final as well so he is in fabulous form too. There will certainly be a fair few taking the 7/4 offered by Sporting Bet on Lewis.
The draw is very tempting here at 4/1 with Boyle Sports but a safer bet is over 11.5 legs at 5/4 with Sky Bet which allows either man to win 7-5.
The star of the show last week MVG takes on Robert Thornton this time around and unless the Thorn has vastly improved then he will be on the wrong end of a heavy defeat. The Scot missed numerous chances against Dave Chisnall and he eventually fell to defeat. His average of 93.28 would not see him come close to the Dutchman this week and would leave him embarrassed.
Thornton almost certainly will improve but if MVG is unlikely to drop below a three-figure average and that will be too much for the Scot who is not on top form. Van Gerwen to win with a -2.5 handicap is odds-on at 5/6 with Coral but still looks good value.
First up on Thursday sees Raymond van Barneveld take on Wes Newton and it should be an equally straight forward night for this Dutchman. Plenty are writing off Newton completely in this competition and whilst that is a little unfair he is unlikely to keep up with RVB especially if he performs anything like he did last week.
Barney would have to be considerably worse and the Warrior considerably better than last week for this to be even close so van Barneveld with a -2.5 handicap looks great value at 6/5 with Bet365.
Two Premier League debutants do battle in Bournemouth and both Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright will be brimming with confidence after wins first up last week. However, it is no doubt that it was Wright that was the more impressive of the two in Liverpool.
Snakebite is in better form and has been by far the better player for a few months now. He is odds-on to win with most bookies and at EVENS with Paddy Power he is a great bet.
Finally there is a tough contest to call between Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock, both of whom suffered disappointing defeats a week ago. It was the Scot that recovered better in the following UK Open qualifiers though with a quarter-final and last 16 run which Whitlock could not match.
Anderson was unlucky to meet Barney in fabulous form and against an under-performing Wizard is the rightful favourite at 5/4 with Bet Victor and looks worth backing.
Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor over 11.5 legs @ 5/4 with Sky Bet
Michael van Gerwen (-2.5) to win @ 5/6 with Coral
Raymond van Barneveld (-2.5) to win @ 6/5 with Bet365
Peter Wright to win @ EVENS with Paddy Power
Gary Anderson to win @ 5/4 with Bet Victor
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 11/02/2014 - 22:12 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock