Whitlock v Van Barneveld: Wizard has edge
Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld go head to head in the second of the four matches from the opening week of the Premier League darts this Thursday night in Manchester.
BetVictor have Whitlock as the firm 4/5 favourite to record the victory, while Barneveld is given little hope at 9/4, with the draw on offer at 9/2. It should be noted, however, that it took until week seven of last year’s tournament for the first tie and, of the 56 matches played, there was only five draws in total, which shows despite the high odds there is little value to be had in the draw betting.
Aussie Whitlock is somewhat of a bogeyman for Barneveld, having lost only one of their last seven meetings dating back to 2006, with their most recent meeting coming at the recent World Cup of Darts where Whitlock recorded a 4-2 victory. Barney has been known for being mentally fragile, especially in recent times with a lack of silverware to show for his work, and may well believe in his head, like with his matches against Taylor, he is a beaten man before he makes it onto the stage.
Whitlock is also priced up at 6/5 by Skybet to be leading the match at the break and at the end of play, which may look appealing to some considering his aforementioned record against the five-time world champion.
The betting goes 4/5 that we see under 7 180s in the match. With the short format and the players perhaps taking some time to settle back into the League and the huge arenas, eight 180s may be a tough ask.
It is at times difficult to predict which Raymond van Barneveld will turn up, however the consistent Whitlock seems to have the beating of the Dutchman and looks a good bet to notch up the win.
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