Hamilton v Van Barneveld: Barney's bubble to burst
Rarely has a league table been harsher on two men who have played superbly so far in the Premier League, but Andy Hamilton and Raymond van Barneveld sit in sixth and seventh place respectively despite some outstanding darts.
Of course there is a very long way to go and I expect that both men will be more pleased with their form than they are bothered about their league positions, but nevertheless, to the untrained eye it would appear they have faltered early on when they most certainly haven’t.
Barney has been particularly impressive in his opening three matches and will be incredulous that he has not won yet when identical performances on other nights could have seen him sitting top of the table with a trio of victories. Those are the fine lines between agony and ecstasy that exist in the Premier League though, summed up best by his 106 average in an 8-4 defeat to Taylor last week; only in this competition.
The Hammer didn’t have the best of nights in week two against Gary Anderson but he was back on song in picking up a very credible draw against the world champion last time out. He is the surprise leader of the 180s table at this stage having fired in an incredible 16 in his three matches thus far which shows the kind of form he has been producing.
The history books are not pleasant reading for Hamilton fans though as he has failed to beat Barney since their first clash in the PDC in 2006 with the Dutchman prevailing numerous times since.
Despite this I can see this being a very tight game and as well as Barney has been playing, it will start to grind him down when he plays so well every week and continually fails to win matches. It might not be worth lumping your whole week’s wages on, but for a great value bet, I would back the Hammer at a very generous 19/10.
• Anderson v Lewis: Odds make Jackpot the value
• Whitlock v Taylor: Power to fill the lipstick
• Wade v Painter: Bookies continue to disregard Artist
• Imperious Taylor goes odds-on
• Taylor v Van Barneveld: Another Barney renaissance
• Anderson v Wade: Unfortunate Wade to get off the mark
• Painter v Whitlock: Artist to battle all the way
• Lewis v Hamilton: Champ to notch first victory
• Nine-dart Taylor lights up Aberdeen
• Taylor v Painter: Power has measure of Artist
• Anderson v Hamilton: No value in inconsistent Scot
• Lewis v Van Barneveld: Dutch delight in second home
• Whitlock v Wade: In-form Wizard has the edge
• Anderson v Painter: Light the red touchpaper
• Lewis v Taylor: Repeat performance for Jackpot
• Barney considered quitting
• Hamilton v Wade: Hammer time in Manchester
• Whitlock v Van Barneveld: Wizard has edge
• Hammer made wooden spoon favourite