If you’d asked any darts fan to name the man who they expected to be unbeaten after six rounds of this season’s Premier League, you’d have not found many who would have picked Peter Wright. Snakebite continued his excellent form last week and leads the way ahead of round seven which takes place in Leeds tomorrow night.
Phil Taylor finally secured a second win in Nottingham while Michael van Gerwen also looked in great form after a couple of ordinary weeks. The ten players head to Leeds this week, and we look ahead to this Thursday’s action.
Wright continues to lead the way
Last Thursday was another good night for Peter Wright. The World Championship finalist raced into a 4-0 lead against Simon Whitlock at the Capital FM Arena before seeing off The Wizard 7-3. Wright remains unbeaten in this season’s competition and takes on former world champ Raymond van Barneveld in Thursday’s final match.
Barney was a touch lucky to escape with a draw last week as his opponent Robert Thornton missed two darts at double top to secure a 7-5 win. However, he remains third in the table and has only lost once in the league this campaign.
This promises to be a terrific match to end the round 7 billing and there is little to choose between the two players. On current form though, you’d have to back Snakebite at 6/5.
Taylor: the fight back continues here
It’s been a torrid few weeks for Phil Taylor. Before last week’s event he’d only won one of his Premier League matches and there were times against Dave Chisnall in Nottingham where he was far from his very best.
Chisnall missed two doubles for a 6-5 lead and, after Taylor had stepped in to find double 32, Chisnall missed a single shot at bull for a draw which allowed Taylor to find the same double to secure victory.
There’s clearly plenty more to come from The Power but we fancy that he’ll continue his mini revival with a win over Wes Newton at 4/9.
Michael van Gerwen was in terrific form in Nottingham, thrashing Wes Newton 7-1. The Dutchman averaged 105 – although it was as high as 128 towards the end of leg three – and landed six 180s as he retained second place in the table. The world champion will face a tougher test this week against Gary Anderson but should win at 1/2.
Beware the draw
As we saw last week, draws are a pretty regular occurrence in the Premier League. Last week saw Raymond van Barneveld and Robert Thornton battle out a 6-6 tie and there have been 6 draws in 6 weeks of action this season.
Dave Chisnall and Simon Whitlock have only won one Premier League match each in 2014 and the bottom of the table battle could be crucial to see who is relegated after week nine. This could be a tense match to open the action in Leeds and the draw is available at 4/1.
The final match sees Adrian Lewis take on Robert Thornton. In his own words, Lewis ‘started like a train’ in Nottingham last week but ended up holding on for a narrow 7-5 win. Thornton hasn’t won since week three of the competition and so we fancy Jackpot to sneak this one at 4/5.
Chisnall v Whitlock is the first match up at the First Direct Arena on Thursday night. Let’s hope it’s another great night of darts!