Nothing between Hammer and Wizard
The Premier League is always a great tournament but it may well be throwing up more excitement, more shocks, and more high quality matches than ever before. Six weeks in and Phil Taylor is outside the top four! Six weeks in and three players are averaging over 99! Six weeks in and double world champ Adrian Lewis is averaging just one break of throw a week! Things have been unpredictable so far this tournament, but things might just start going our way in week seven.
First up is a huge match in the mid table between two bang in form players in this event Andy Hamilton and Simon Whitlock. The Aussie is coming off two wins over Wes Newton and James Wade whilst the Hammer sensationally beat Taylor last week 7-3 which is nigh-on unheard of. Both are on six points and they know a win will pretty much end their fears of relegation which is looming on the ever-approaching horizon.
They each won one of their contests in last year’s competition so history is not helping us to separate them and with their performances of late being of equally high calibre it is safe to say it is going to be a very close one. The draw is very much an option but over 11.5 legs looks a safer bet than that and at a very good price. Coral are offering 6/5 on that result which allows the draw or 7-5 either way which looks an excellent bet to me.
Following the Hammer and the Wizard is Gary Anderson meeting Michael van Gerwen in what is sure to be an entertaining affair. Two of the most naturally gifted players the game has ever seen but the bookies can only see one winner with MVG a best price of 8/15 whilst the Scot is out at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
This looks a big price on the face of it as Anderson has beaten Taylor and drawn with Lewis in his last two outings but the form of Mighty Mike blows anyone else out of the water. Yet another win on the Pro circuit at the weekend in Wigan means he has won three of the four events thus far this year and is 101.52 average last week against Newton was stunning.
The flying Scotsman has been playing pretty well but you wouldn’t back anyone against the Dutchman at the moment. If Ando turns it on it could be a classic but if he’s not at his very best it will be another big win for MVG and he could well win it with a -2.5 handicap. This is evens in places but Paddy Power have it at 11/10 and that looks a good offer to me.
A loss for Anderson would see a chance emerge for Adrian Lewis to move out of the bottom three when he takes on Robert Thornton but talking of men in form, the Thorn has been at his peak of late. He won the other event over the weekend in Wigan and his brilliant draw with Van Barneveld last week has kept him in the top four and on course for a semi-final slot.
In contrast Lewis has not been at the races in this tournament winning just once in six matches and even a draw last week against Anderson could not take him off the foot of the table. Things look to be stacked in the favour of the Scot but you can never rule out the chances of Jackpot who can turn it on at the drop of a hat. He reached the semi-finals of the UK Masters just over a week ago and that shows his form is not a million miles from being right. He hammered Barney 8-2 in this same arena in Cardiff last year so will have good memories and just looks a good price at 13/10 with Sporting Bet.
Andy Hamilton v Simon Whitlock over 11.5 legs @ 6/5 with Coral
Michael van Gerwen (-2.5) to win @ 11/10 with Paddy Power
Adrian Lewis to win @ 13/10 with Sporting Bet
• End of the line for Newton
• Perfect time for Power v Barney
• Taylor to win big after woes
• Expect a Taylor backlash
• MVG to return to form in style
• Power to completely de-rail Flying Scotsman
• Nothing between Wade and Thornton
• Pointless Lewis out to 100/1 for Premier League title