Even though Judgement Night takes place at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Thursday, the identities of the two players to be eliminated were confirmed in Manchester last week.
Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts will be eliminated after this week’s matches, and so the Cardiff schedule has been changed to ensure the play-off chasing action takes centre stage.
Keep reading for our Cardiff darts betting preview.
The Power desperate for win in Cardiff darts betting
With just four points separating the top seven in this year’s Premier League, there’s everything to play for over the next seven weeks of fixtures.
One man determined to secure his place at the O2 – for the final time – is Phil Taylor. The Power currently sits sixth but could climb back into the top four this week as he faces the already-eliminated Jelle Klaasen.
Taylor bounced back from two successive defeats to beat league leader Peter Wright in Manchester, although the six-time champion benefited from Wright missing 12 doubles on the night. After his 7-5 win, Taylor said: “It’s a massive win for me. It was a strange game – we’ve both missed plenty of doubles, but his 156 was incredible and I thought he was going to come back and get a draw.
“I’d love to get in the top four but I’m going to keep pushing and I just want to keep enjoying it.”
Klaasen’s 7-5 defeat to Adrian Lewis means that his elimination from the tournament was confirmed, a week ahead of Judgement Night. Taylor needs a win and can prevail at 1/5.
All to play for in Cardiff darts betting as eight players chase play-off places
It could scarcely be closer in the battle for a play-off berth and there are some vital matches this week.
Fourth plays fifth in Cardiff as Gary Anderson takes on Adrian Lewis. Both men have been in decent form in recent weeks, with Anderson hitting checkouts of 130, 104 and 132 to secure a comfortable win over Kim Huybrechts last week, while Lewis won his third match in a row by beating Jelle Klaasen.
“I needed the win and it’s a good two points,” said the Flying Scotsman after his 7-2 victory. “There was some good scoring and I hit a few very good finishes there.”
Lewis was also happy with his win. “I’ve had three wins on the trot and you can’t argue with that. It was a tough game and a vital two points. I’m trying my best at the minute and I’m playing well in patches.”
This could be a terrific game but the world number two can shade it at 4/6.
The evergreen Raymond van Barneveld had a terrific night in Manchester, inflicting Michael van Gerwen’s first televised defeat since last September. Barney was a double-12 away from a 9-dart finish at the Manchester Arena, closing out a 7-5 victory in the final leg.
Van Barneveld has beaten the world’s top two in the last fortnight and sits third in the Premier League table on 10 points. He faces James Wade this week with The Machine having slipped out of the top four despite hitting more 100+ scores this season than any other player.
This could be another close game but Barney’s current Premier League form is superb – he has won three in a row – and so the Dutchman can prevail at 19/20.
Having beaten James Wade in last Thursday’s opening match to extend his unbeaten run in televised matches to 44 games, Michael van Gerwen fell to defeat for the first time this season. The world number one remains on top of the table despite the defeat to his countryman and he can consolidate his position this week with a win over Dave Chisnall at 2/9.
Peter Wright’s defeat to Phil Taylor was his first reverse in the league since week two, and the UK Open champion lost his place at the top of the table. He has a chance to continue his strong push for the play-offs this week as he meets Kim Huybrechts.
The Belgian has yet to win a match this season and his elimination was confirmed in Manchester. Snakebite can win at 2/5.
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