MVG to return to form in style
There are some very tentative tipsters in the world of darts after last week’s Premier League shocks and the wholly unpredictable final that occurred at the UK Masters at the weekend.
There were not too many who backed Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen to suffer defeats in Nottingham last week and there were even fewer who thought the final in Minehead on Sunday was going to be between John Part and Stuart Kellett!
We dust ourselves off though and prepare for the first match on Thursday in Manchester which sees two defeated men from last week in Van Gerwen and Wes Newton face off. MVG ran into a resurgent Adrian Lewis last week and was a little off colour himself with an average of just over 93 which is very poor for him at the moment. Newton need not worry about his performance which saw him only narrowly lose to an on-song Simon Whitlock with a 97.54 average, however he knows he will have to keep this up to stay in touch with the Dutchman.
It has to be expected that MVG’s first below par performance in months last week was a blip and he will come back strongly against Newton in Manchester. The bookies certainly agree with a best price on Mighty Mike being 4/9 with Sky Bet whilst the Warrior is out at 5/1 with Sportingbet.
The Dutchman will have been practicing hard all week after his first loss and will perform, but Newton’s performances have been improving each week in the Premier League so I expect both to play well and we should have a really high quality contest. Over 6.5 180s is odds-on with most bookies but evens with Coral which looks a decent bet seen as MVG has hit more than anyone thus far with 22 from five games.
Second on is a repeat of the 2011 World Championship final between Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson, both of whom pulled off their best results of the competition last week as they defeated MVG and the Power respectively. It is hard to say whether these big results will signal a return to form as both had been pretty poor over the first four weeks, made clear by them filling two of the bottom three places in the table.
What Lewis has in his favour is his run to the semi-finals of the UK Masters at the weekend which will have boosted his confidence further after his big win last Thursday. He is favourite going into the match with Anderson, some bookies pricing him as low as evens with the best price being 13/10 with SportingBet which looks pretty tempting and although it may well be close, this looks the best bet.
Another tight one will be the James Wade v Simon Whitlock contest which is third on at the M.E.N on Thursday night. Wade has surprised a few people with how well he has performed so far, the highlight being his near-106 average in beating Robert Thornton 7-1 last week which took him to second in the table. Whitlock also hit form last week though as he played brilliantly to see off Newton.
The two have a completely even record in this tournament with three wins each although their most recent result was an 8-0 whitewash for Wade in last year’s event. It is the Machine who is favourite for this one but we should be expecting a long contest between these two and the 6/5 from Sky Bet on over 11.5 legs looks a good price.
Michael van Gerwen v Wes Newton Over 6.5 180s @ evens with Coral
Adrian Lewis to win @ 13/10 with Sporting Bet
James Wade v Simon Whitlock over 11.5 legs @ 6/5 with Sky Bet
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