Just as we thought that Michael van Gerwen was coasting his way to Premier League darts success, the Dutchman lost his first match of the competition and, we suspect, destroyed quite a few betting slips along the way.
The tournament heads to the Westpoint Arena in Exeter this Thursday and we look forward to another fine round of matches.
Van Gerwen makes it three out of three
It’s his first appearance in the Premier League but PDC wildcard Peter Wright has taken to the competition like a duck to water. We tipped the Scotsman to see off Adrian Lewis last week at 87/50 and we were duly rewarded with a terrific performance as Snakebite averaged 93.32 in a 7-1 win.
Wright began with a 180 from his first visit and took out 119 to win the opening leg and though his rival responded in the next to draw level with just 11 darts Wright romped to an easy win. “This is the greatest atmosphere ever, better than the World Championship”, Snakebite said afterwards. “We’re not here to watch paint dry, we’re here to entertain the crowd.” The unbeaten Wright is up first again this week and should see off fellow Scot Robert Thornton at 5/6.
We also tipped Phil Taylor to finally get his Premier League campaign up and running last week and The Power saw off Simon Whitlock 7-3. Having suffered a hat-trick of defeats in the previous three weeks, Taylor finally came to life in front of a full house in Glasgow as he averaged 104.82 against his Australian rival.
Whitlock has yet to register a point in this year’s competition and so it’s hard to say whether Taylor has finally turned a corner or whether he will still struggle against a better opponent. He plays Gary Anderson in Exeter and it could be a closer match than the ante-post odds suggest.
Anderson averaged an impressive 106 last week and hit a 170 checkout and so looks the value at 3/1.
Van Gerwen beaten in Dutch thriller
After three wins out of three, we had tipped Michael van Gerwen to keep up his good run last week but we hadn’t accounted for the excellent form and steely nerve of his countryman Raymond van Barneveld.
Barney handed van Gerwen his first defeat with a 7-5 triumph in a thrilling all-Dutch clash at the SSE Hydro, holding his nerve in the last leg after seeing his opponent have an unfortunate bounce-out when setting up a finishing opportunity.
Barney had recorded three wins out of four in the Premier League this season and we fancy him to prevail against the struggling Dave Chisnall at 5/6.
Michael van Gerwen features in the match of Thursday night as he faces off against two time world champion Adrian Lewis. Jackpot’s form in this tournament has been mixed and he is coming off the back of heavy defeats to Wes Newton and Peter Wright. We think it’s time to lump on the Dutchman here at 5/6.
The final match of the night sees Wes Newton take on bottom of the table Simon Whitlock. It’s been a torrid tournament for the Wizard so far and he’s won just ten legs of darts. Newton is unbeaten since the opening night of the competition and looks great value at 11/8.
As ever, you can bet on all the Premier League Darts ties on our Darts Betting page.
Wright v Thornton is the first match up at the Westpoint Arena tomorrow night, Thurdsay, March 6th. Let’s hope it’s another great night of darts!