Following another brilliant week of darts in round 3, the 2014 Premier League heads to Glasgow this Thursday for the fourth round of matches.
Michael van Gerwen is the only player has won all three of his matches so far while Phil Taylor is yet to score a point after suffering his third consecutive reverse in Belfast last week. We look ahead to this Thursday’s five matches.
Van Gerwen makes it three out of three
We’ve tipped Michael van Gerwen every week so far and the Dutchman hasn’t disappointed with three wins out of three. The world champion followed up wins over Phil Taylor and Robert Thornton with a 7-4 win over Dave Chisnall at the Odyssey Arena and faces fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld this week.
Despite Barney’s good form this season, van Gerwen looks unbeatable at present and there will be plenty of backers for him to make it four out of four at 1/2 in our darts betting odds.
The only other unbeaten man in this season’s Premier League is Peter Wright. We tipped Snakebite to prevail over the struggling Taylor last week at 51/20 and he duly obliged, averaging 100.4 in a 7-4 win. It was a close encounter, but Wright nearly nailed a nine dart finish in leg five before eventually securing victory with a double top.
Wright opens Thursday’s bill in front of a partisan Scottish crowd and faces a tough challenge against former world champion Adrian Lewis. Lewis played poorly in Belfast averaging just 89.54 and was never really in his match with Wes Newton, eventually losing 7-2.
This is a tough match to call but with a boisterous crowd behind him, Wright could snatch a narrow win at 87/50.
Battle at the bottom of the table
You’d have got long odds against the battle for the wooden spoon in week four being between Simon Whitlock and Phil Taylor. Neither man has won a point in this season’s Premier League with both having won just seven legs in their three matches.
Eric Bristow is confident that Taylor will prevail – he tweeted “I think he will sort Whitlock out next week his played 3 boys on top form. Don’t worry about my man” – and the Power really does need to kick-start his season sooner rather than later.
Taylor has consistently averaged around 100 in the Premier League so far and should be too good for the Australian. Back the Power to get a win on the board at 11/25.
There should be plenty of patriotic support for two Scottish players in the other matches. Robert Thornton beat compatriot Gary Anderson 7-2 in Belfast last week and faces Wes Newton in Thursday’s second match. It’s a touch match to call with both capable of winning this one on their day and so the value looks to be with Newton who beat Adrian Lewis last week and is available at 43/25.
Gary Anderson hit the highest checkout of last week’s matches despite a 7-2 defeat and the Scot has the chance to bounce back when he plays Dave Chisnall in Glasgow’s final tie. This is the toughest of Thursday’s matches to call with both men boasting a similar record and average this season. With ‘home’ advantage we’d pick Anderson to edge it at 63/50.
Wright V Lewis is the first match up in the SSE Hydro in Glasgow tomorrow night, Tursday, January 27th. Let’s hope it’s another night to remember!