MVG and Taylor should produce a classic
Michael van Gerwen may be leading the Premier League but his position at the top of the table is under serious threat on Thursday in Aberdeen when he takes on Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis in the same night.
First up the Dutchman faces Taylor and there is no doubt that this meeting will be a lot closer than their last in this competition which MVG won 7-0. They have met in a Players Championship event since then which the Power won and Taylor’s form has significantly improved since that first Premier League week.
Van Gerwen is the favourite but both men are odds-against showing that the bookies are not convinced either way. What is more of a certainty is that we will be treated to a contest of the highest quality, whatever the result. MVG is 11/13 with Bwin to average over 101.5 in this one and although that is no certainty it still looks a good bet. He has managed that feat in six out of his 10 games thus far and Taylor always brings out the best in him as he did in week one when averaging 109.5.
MVG returns to the oche for the final game of the evening against Lewis and this is another rivalry that produces some classic encounters. The two men are at opposite ends of the scale when it comes to form at the moment though, with Mighty Mike continuing to perform brilliantly and Jackpot really struggling.
Lewis does tend to play some of his best stuff against the Dutchman but given that he has not won in his last four matches and MVG has not lost in his last six, it has to be the latter that is worth backing. Van Gerwen is 5/6 with Sporting Bet to beat Lewis and that looks worth taking.
Lewis kicks the night off in Aberdeen by facing Gary Anderson and he may well not have much joy against the Flying Scotsman either. Much the same can be said about that match as the game with MVG, Lewis simply is not playing as well as his opponent.
Anderson was thoroughly impressive last week with a win over Peter Wright and although he has been a little inconsistent, he has been much better than Lewis over the tournament as a whole. The Scot looks tremendous value to pick up back-to-back wins at 5/4 with Paddy Power.
A tough game to call on Thursday is between Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall. A couple of weeks ago this would have been Wright all the way but his pair of defeats in Sheffield has just changed the complexion of this match a little.
Both men have become accustomed to close matches in recent weeks with 7-5 either way or a draw being standard results. This is likely to happen again this week and over 11.5 legs looks great value at 5/4 with Sporting Bet.
Finally, there should be another close tussle as Raymond van Barneveld takes on Robert Thornton. The Thorn may have only won once this tournament but he has also only lost by more than two legs on one occasion. Barney has fared much better but only two of his five wins have been by more than two legs.
The first time they met this year it ended in a draw and this should be extremely tight again; over 11.5 legs is 6/5 with Stan James and looks great value.
Gary Anderson to beat Adrian Lewis @ 5/4 with Paddy Power
Michael van Gerwen 3-dart average v Phil Taylor over 101.5 @ 11/13 with Bwin
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall over 11.5 legs @ 5/4 with Sporting Bet
Robert Thornton v Raymond van Barneveld over 11.5 legs @ 6/5 with Stan James
Michael van Gerwen to beat Adrian Lewis @ 5/6 with Sporting Bet