Barney the darts betting tip with just three weeks of the Premier League to go
Michael van Gerwen’s impressive 11 minute whitewash of James Wade in Cardiff last week was enough for the Dutchman to become the first man to book his place in this year’s Premier League play-offs. While the world number one may be assured of his place, there is a fierce battle behind him with five players in with a realistic chance of joining him at the O2 Arena.
Keep reading for this week’s Premier League darts betting preview.
Former world champions are where the smart darts betting money is going this week
Just over a month ago, Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld sat in 8th and 9th positions in the Premier League table. Neither was in any sort of form and the likelihood of either reaching the play-offs looked faint.
However, just five weeks later and both former world champions are pushing hard for a top four spot. Barney is the form player in the tournament with three straight wins and the reigning champion can lift himself into the top four with victories in his two matches at the Barclaycard Arena.
The 48 year old twice came from behind last week to beat Dave Chisnall and is confident his good form can continue. He said: “For the last three or four weeks I’m playing amazing, hitting good averages and getting the results.
“Next week is going to be an important week for me and I’m going to work very hard because I’ll know after that if I can qualify for the play-offs or not. I’m playing extremely well and feeling confident, and I’m happy I’m enjoying myself – because I’m winning. The crowds are behind me and I still believe that I can make the top four.”
Barney is 21/10 to beat world champion Gary Anderson in Thursday’s second match before he takes on another form player in the final tie of the evening.
Adrian Lewis narrowly avoided relegation a few weeks ago and since then has taken seven points from four matches. Lewis drew 6-6 with mentor Phil Taylor in Cardiff and will take on Barney having played Dave Chisnall in the opening match in Birmingham.
Two wins for Jackpot would put him in serious contention. He is 13/10 to beat Chizzy and 5/4 to overcome van Barneveld.
Taylor desperate for a win to stay in contention
Phil Taylor remains in the top four but with just one Premier League win in his last five matches he can be overhauled this week having played one game more than the chasing pack. The Power has a tough tie against Michael van Gerwen who secured his place in the play-offs last week with an impressive 7-0 thrashing of James Wade.
Taylor snatched a 6-6 draw with Adrian Lewis last week and admitted he needed to improve. He said: “I’m very happy with a draw. I missed a few doubled and you can’t afford to do that against him, so it feels like a win and a loss at the same time.
“My scoring’s fine but my doubles aren’t quite there and I’ve got to improve that, but my form’s coming. It’s climbing steadily but I’m still making mistakes and I can put that right.”
Taylor is 2/1 with van Gerwen available at 19/20.
James Wade was beaten inside 11 minutes last week and didn’t even get the chance at a double in his 7-0 defeat to van Gerwen. Wade has admitted that he is finding the Premier League schedule tough and Stephen Bunting looks excellent value at 6/4 to beat the left-hander after his impressive 7-1 win over world champion Gary Anderson last week.
The thirteenth week of the Premier League kicks off at 7.15pm on Thursday 30 April. Find all the darts odds over at our main site at https://www.betbright.com/darts