Trio battling it out for progression on Tyneside
With just two weeks remaining in this season’s Premier League there are just three men fighting it out for the two remaining play-off berths. Dave Chisnall and Adrian Lewis are now out of contention and so it promises to be a tense night in Newcastle as two of the remaining challengers go head to head.
Thursday night also features a fantastic showdown between the league leaders. Keep reading for our preview of this week’s action.
Three men chase two play-off places
It was a good night for Phil Taylor in Birmingham with the Power scoring three points after a 6-6 draw with old adversary Raymond van Barneveld and a comfortable 7-2 win over Dave Chisnall.
Van Barneveld’s failure to turn a 5-3 lead over Taylor into more than a draw means he is still yet to beat his old rival in 20 Premier League meetings. The Power then returned to the stage to beat Chisnall, eliminating the St Helens player in the process.
It’s a massive game for Taylor on Thursday as he faces Peter Wright. After a brilliant start to the season it’s been a shaky few weeks for Snakebite and he is currently clinging to the final play-off place on leg difference. With just three points from the last 10 available it’s going to be a nervy end of season for Wright who is level with Gary Anderson on 16 points.
A win for Taylor would guarantee his place at the O2 for the play-off finals and we fancy him to secure it at 1/2.
The only other man with a chance to make the top four is Gary Anderson. The Flying Scotsman had a terrific win at the NIA last week, defeating world champion Michael van Gerwen to keep his hopes alive.
Anderson, who raced 5-1 up before eventually winning 7-4, said: “I did my best to throw that away, the same scenario (as usual), I lost a couple of legs I shouldn’t have but got there in the end. I’m not quite finished yet.”
Anderson faces Dave Chisnall in Thursday’s opening match at the Metro Radio Arena. Chizzy has lost four of his last five matches – including both last week – and we fancy the Scotsman to take the play-off battle to the final week with a win at 4/6.
Dutch masters go head to head
The final match in Newcastle promises to be a classic. World champion Michael van Gerwen and fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld have been the stars of this year’s Premier League and go head to head for the second time this season.
Van Gerwen remains above Van Barneveld in the Premier league by virtue of having won more legs against the throw. Both Dutchmen have 20 points, the same legs difference of +22 and are already assured of advancing to the play-offs.
Barney has only lost one match in this season’s Premier League, and that was back in week 2 against the already eliminated Wes Newton. He has been in terrific form and beat Mighty Mike 7-5 when the pair met in Glasgow earlier in the season.
It promises to be a terrific match and considering Barney has drawn six matches already this campaign we fancy this one to end in a 6-6 tie at 19/5.
Thursday’s second match sees Adrian Lewis play Robert Thornton and it has been a miserable campaign for both men. Lewis in particular has really struggled and is without a win in eight Premier League matches. Both men have lost four of their last six although Thornton hit nine 180s – a season-high for a single Premier League match among all players – in his win last week and is arguably in better form.
In the pick of the darts betting odds, we fancy Thornton to inflict more pain on Jackpot at 7/4.
Chisnall v Anderson is the first match up at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle on Thursday night. Let’s hope it’s fantastic evening of darts!