Anderson v Painter: Light the red touchpaper
Gary Anderson begins the defence of his Premier League crown with an opening-night match against debutant Kevin Painter.
Coincidentally, Painter’s wildcard entry to the league is due, in no small part, to a victory over Anderson at the last-16 stage of the Players Championship Finals two months ago. That result set The Artist on his way to a maiden major PDC title and consequently opened the doors to a lucrative position in the Premier League, one of darts’ major flagship events.
However, that victory in Doncaster was the first time in nine attempts that the Englishman had managed to get the better of the world number four, and came in a tournament where many of the top players had attentions focussed firmly on the World Championships.
So it is no surprise that the Scot is made a strong betting favourite for victory here. His record over Painter is enough to justify bookie opinion, but when one also considers Anderson’s experience in this tournament it only serves to further validate the short odds of 4/7 that Bet365 offer on the Premier League champ. At those odds, however, there isn’t much value in backing him.
Synonymous with Anderson’s game is the ability to smash in the 180s, to pepper the lipstick, to fill up the red bit. In half of his 14 league matches last season he managed to hit five or more maximums, firing in an incredible 11 in one match against Simon whitlock.
When he gets going Painter isn’t too shabby on the power scoring either, he hit six 180s in his world championship first round match, then seven in defeat to John Part at the last-16 stage.
Despite his inexperience in the arenas of the Premier League Painter won’t be too overawed, and will certainly, at least, make a fight of it. That’s just what Kevin Painter does. Therefore, even though we’re expecting an Anderson win, it won’t be a walkover and there should be plenty of opportunities for 180s.
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