Taylor to topple MVG again
The Premier League gets underway in Belfast on Thursday night and the five matches could not have worked out better for a more exciting start to the competition. There is clearly a headline act to the night but the support artists are set to put on a real show as well.
The night starts with what could be a real slug-fest between Rob Thornton and Andy Hamilton. There isn’t a great deal to choose between the players as the odds reflect with Hamilton being made the marginal favourite due to his higher world ranking and added experience in the competition.
This seems about right and the 11/8 on a victory for the Hammer looks a good price. He has been so consistent over the last year or so that he is always a tempting player to back at odds-against. Thornton, of course, has been very good as well since his UK Open win and if he is at the top of his game then he will win but he just doesn’t provide the air of confidence that Hamilton does so it is the Hammer I am backing to kick off with a win as he did last year.
Next is another tight one with another debutant involved as Wes Newton takes to the stage for the first time and meets the former champion James Wade. The two men have a very even record although Wade has always performed better when the two have met on the stage. The Machine though, has developed something of a reputation for getting off to a sluggish start in this tournament and Newton will have worked as hard as anybody coming into this and will be ready to pounce on any early mistakes.
Wade is favourite and of course he has the quality to win but Newton looks a good price at 13/8 with Paddy Power to cause an early upset. He has been waiting for this opportunity for years and he will be ready to grasp it with both hands in Belfast.
A real crowd pleaser follows as Raymond van Barneveld takes on Gary Anderson in what has the potential to steal the show. Anderson’s form has been in and out for a few months so it is hard to know what to expect from him. Barney has been much the more consistent player and has looked to be somewhere near his best following the Grand Slam win and the World Championship semi-final appearance. Both are supremely talented but neither fill you with confidence as they approach the oche, of the two at this stage though it is Barney who has much more of an aura about him. He is odds-on with a couple of bookies but 6/5 with Sporting Bet and that looks like a generous offer.
Another potential show-stopper is Simon Whitlock against Adrian Lewis in the penultimate match of the night. There is nothing to choose between these two with some bookies making Whitlock the slight favourite but many seeing it as dead level. If any of the matches were to end in a draw on the opening night it would be this one and the 7/2 with Sky Bet does look a tempting offer.
Jackpot’s form wasn’t the best at the World Cup but he did enough to help see his team through to winning the trophy so his confidence will be high and he is back on familiar turf in the Premier League. I really can’t back one man to win but in the 180 stakes, whenever Lewis is odds-against he is worth backing so at 11/10 with Betfred he looks a good price.
Finally the showpiece of the evening is a repeat of the World Championship final as Phil Taylor takes on Michael van Gerwen. Their match in January was a real classic and arguably the highest quality final of all time. Taylor followed it up with a win at the World Cup so will be full of confidence coming into this. MVG won’t exactly be down on himself though after his recent successes and over this short format he will be lethal.
He might not be quite lethal enough to beat Taylor though who, having seen him off at the Ally Pally and put in fabulous performances in Hamburg may well teach the youngster another lesson in Belfast. If Phil Taylor is odds-against then he has got to be worth backing and at 6/5 with Betfred it looks too tempting to turn down.
Phil Taylor to win @ 6/5 with Betfred
Andy Hamilton to win @ 11/8 with Sky Bet
Adrian Lewis most 180s v Simon Whitlock @ 11/10 with Betfred
Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our
Posted on:- 06/02/2013 - 16:41 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock
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