Wade v Barney: Form lines favour Dutchman
James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld each picked up their first victories of the 2012 Premier League last Thursday in Exeter, but which of them, if any, can make it back-to-back wins?
Having lost his opening three matches of the season Wade was a little lucky to come up against a below-par Kevin Painter last week, The Machine picking up maximum points despite being well below his own best; an 89.47 average proving good enough to see off The Artist 8-6.
Barney, on the other hand, continued his renaissance in this competition with another three-dart average circa 100, coming back from 6-4 behind to win the last four legs and snatch the points from Andy Hamilton’s grasp.
It is, therefore, the Dutchman who goes into this one as the deserving favourite in the Match Odds betting. Van Barneveld also has the slight upper hand in recent head-to-heads winning three and drawing one of the last six meetings, making the 6/5 that Bet365 offer an appealing bet considering recent form lines.
The five-time World Champion also looks a solid shout to hit the most 180s in the match having hit 18 to Wade’s seven in the Premier League this season so far. But at odds of 4/7 to do so with Bet365 there’s nothing there to get too excited about and we should instead stick to the odds-against prices in the Match Odds market.
• Lewis v Hamilton: Jackpot to roll on
• Wade v Whitlock: Back the maximums
• Painter v Taylor: A potential whitewash
• Hamilton v Whitlock: A grudge match with no grudge
• Taylor v Wade: Machine can handle Power
• Lewis v Painter: Do or die time for Jackpot
• Anderson v Van Barneveld: Dutchman is most reliable bet
• Anderson v Whitlock: Aussie to spoil the party
• Wade v Lewis: Revenge of the Machine
• Taylor v Hamilton: No relent in Power surge
• Van Barneveld v Painter: A Scottish homecoming
• 20/1 for another record-breaking average
• Painter v Hamilton: Tight match too close to call
• Lewis v Whitlock: Another Jackpot draw
• Taylor v Anderson: Value in Power 180s