It’s proving to be one of the most competitive Premier Leagues in years and now just two points separate second and sixth places in the table with four weeks to go.
Six-time champion Phil Taylor is at risk of missing out on the play-offs in his final year on the circuit but can improve his chances with two wins in Belfast this week. Keep reading for our Belfast darts betting preview.
The Power decent value in Belfast darts betting to take maximum points
After an unexpected defeat to James Wade last week, Phil Taylor sits a point outside the play-offs in his final Premier League. The Power twice led by two legs in Liverpool before succumbing 7-5, with five missed doubles in a crucial ninth leg proving the turning point for a Wade comeback.
The Power has a chance to boost his top four chances this week as he plays twice in Belfast. First he will face two-time world champion Gary Anderson before returning to the stage in the final match to take on Dave Chisnall.
Anderson did his own play-off chances no harm at all last week, securing three points in his two matches. He was fortunate in his first tie, with Chisnall missing seven darts at a double in the deciding leg to allow the Scotsman to hit a double ten to grab a draw. He was much better in his second match, however, hitting his highest average of the season in a comfortable 7-2 win over second place Peter Wright.
The Flying Scotsman climbed to third place in the table and was pleased with his efforts. “It’s been a good night,” he said. “I scraped a point against Dave but I played well there against Peter. I was lucky against Chizzy at the end. I was 5-3 up and hit a wall, but he missed and I pinched a point and I was happy with that.
“In the last game I think I played alright. Sometimes you know they’re going to go in when you let go and it felt good, it felt like they were going the way they should be.”
Taylor really needs something from this match and he is 13/5 to win. You can back the world number two at 3/4.
At 5-3 down last week no-one gave Dave Chisnall much hope of beating Anderson, but a superb run of legs saw him move 6-5 up. He then hit 180, 121 and 180 to leave him with seven darts at a double for the win, but he missed all of them allowing Anderson to sneak a share of the points.
Taylor is 10/11 to win this one, with Chizzy available at 21/10.
Barney keen to continue play-off push on his 50th birthday
Dave Chisnall’s match with Taylor is his second fixture this week and he opens proceedings by facing the in-form Adrian Lewis.
It was a magic night for Lewis in Liverpool as he hit his fifth televised nine-dart finish in a 7-4 win over Raymond van Barneveld. Finishing with a season-best 111.52 average, it was Lewis’ sixth win of the campaign and he remains just outside the play-off places.
“It’s really special and a great feeling,” said Jackpot after hitting the eighth nine-darter in Premier League history. “I’ve been threatening a nine-darter for the last couple of weeks in the floor tournaments and tonight I was determined not to miss it.
“The nine-darter’s great but to get the win was important too. I knew I had to put in a performance and tonight I’ve come out a champion. It keeps me in the mix for the play-offs, I’ve won five games out of six and it’s brilliant.”
Lewis is in decent form and is 5/6 to win.
It’s Raymond van Barneveld‘s 50th birthday in Thursday night and the Dutchman will hope to celebrate it with a win over compatriot Michael van Gerwen.
Barney lost to an inspired Adrian Lewis last week while Mighty Mike admitted he played ‘rubbish’ despite coming back from 6-3 down to snatch a 6-6 draw with Peter Wright. The older Dutchman is the only player to have beaten the world number one in this year’s Premier League and looks decent value at 6/1 to repeat that feat.
A point helped Peter Wright to stay in second place in the table although Snakebite did miss a double 16 for a win against van Gerwen last week. Wright faces James Wade this week, with The Machine ending a four-match losing run last Thursday to keep his slim play-off chances alive.
Wright is 1/2 while you can back Wade at 15/4.
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