Last week’s Judgement Night means that there are just eight players left in this year’s Premier League, with seven of them retaining a decent chance of making the play-offs.
There are some vital matches this week including a clash between two of the tournament’s great names. Keep reading for our Dublin darts betting preview.
Top of the table van Gerwen the odds on favourite in Dublin darts betting
The reigning champion Michael van Gerwen returned to the top of the Premier League last week with a comprehensive win over Dave Chisnall in Cardiff.
The tournament favourite cruised to a 7-1 win, averaging 104.25 and hitting a staggering 50 per cent of his darts at a double. Mighty Mike bounced back from his first defeat of the season in style, and moved to 14 points, one ahead of his nearest rival.
The Dutchman was pleased with his performance. He said: “I had to play well tonight and I’m happy that I did. The pressure was on me because I want to be back on top of the table where I belong and where I’ve worked hard for.
“When you lose a game, like last week, you’re upset but tonight I enjoyed it again. I’m a happy man and I’m already looking forward to next week.”
van Gerwen opens proceedings at the 3Arena with a match against James Wade. The Machine has dropped down the table after losing four of his last five Premier League matches and averaged just 84.97 last week in a heavy defeat.
The world number one is just 1/6 to win.
Barney looking good in Dublin darts betting after great run of form
Raymond van Barneveld has been rolling back the years in recent weeks and arrives in Dublin on the longest winning streak of the 2017 Premier League. Barney has won his last four matches and easily beat James Wade to consolidate third place in the table.
Barney limited Wade to just one dart at a double as he raced into a 5-0 lead, before hitting a 12-dart finish to take his sixth leg and closing out a 7-2 win with double seven.
“That’s four wins on the trot so I’m very happy,” said the 49 year old. “It’s so tight in the league table so I had to focus and you have to play well against everyone. James didn’t play as well as he could and I was surprised at that but I’m happy with the win.”
The Dublin crowd will be in for a treat this week as van Barneveld takes on old rival Phil Taylor. The six-time champion grabbed a vital two points last week, coming from behind to beat the eliminated Jelle Klaasen 7-5 in a deciding leg.
The Power came from 4-1 down to win, and his recovery included a stunning 11-dart finish. After his win Taylor said: “It’s another two points for me and they could all prove crucial at the end of the season. It could prove the difference for getting into the play-offs – if I’d lost I think I’d have struggled to qualify.”
Taylor sits outside the top for and desperately needs the win at 5/4. You can back Barney at 8/5.
The luck of the draw means that van Barneveld plays twice in Dublin, and he faces James Wade for a second consecutive week. Having tipped the Dutchman last week, he can win again at 8/11.
Gary Anderson has won his last two matches for the loss of just five legs and the world number two currently occupies the final play-off place.
The Flying Scotsman hit finishes of 143 and 170 in an excellent 7-3 win over Adrian Lewis last Thursday and, again, thanks to the luck of the draw he plays the former world champion again this week.
Anderson averaged 107 in Cardiff and after his win said: “I didn’t think the performance was as good as the average, but I’ll take it! There were some good scores and some bad scores – the 170 felt like it came from nowhere and I took out the 143 too.
“We all want to get into the play-offs. When the tournament starts you don’t want to be in the bottom two, and once you get past tonight it’s a fight for the top four and everyone’s trying for it.”
Anderson can win at 4/7.
Kim Huybrechts had already been eliminated before Judgement Night and he was absent from last week’s tournament to remain with his terminally ill mother in Belgium.
In his absence Peter Wright was awarded a 7-0 win, consolidating his second place in the table. This week Snakebite plays Dave Chisnall who has lost his last three Premier League matches. The world number three can win at 8/15.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.