The 2014 Premier League reaches Judgement Night this Thursday. After Simon Whitlock’s relegation was confirmed in Dublin last week, three men will be fighting to avoid the drop when they step onto the stage at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
The penultimate match sees Dave Chisnall and Wes Newton face each other to stay in the competition while Robert Thornton could also lose his Premier League status. Keep reading for our preview of Thursday’s Premier League Darts action.
Three men bid to avoid Premier League relegation
While nothing is decided at the top of the table in week nine, the battle will be to avoid relegation from the league. Simon Whitlock’s draw last week means he will finish bottom of the table and there is a three way battle above him.
The big match sees Wes Newton play Dave Chisnall with the loser likely to be relegated. Chisnall drew 6-6 with Adrian Lewis in the match of the night last week while Newton also secured a point with a draw.
A 6-6 tie here could be enough to save both men if Robert Thornton loses his match with the improving Phil Taylor. We fancy Chisnall and Newton to draw at 16/5 and Taylor to relegate Thornton by winning at 1/2.
Top two trade blows in stormy encounter
Last week’s battle of the top two ended up in an on-stage row as the world number one Michael van Gerwen accused Premier League leader Peter Wright of being ‘disrespectful’.
Wright angered the Dutchman twice in the early stages, playing to the crowd as he fell to his knees for an exhibition shot before stepping away from the board to rouse the fans before a bull attempt to complete a 161 finish in leg five.
Insults were exchanged on stage and after van Gerwen’s 7-5 win he said: ““Why did he do those things? I always like to win but there were plenty of points during this game where I was not happy. I’ve never seen Phil Taylor do that to me or Adrian Lewis do that to Phil. It was lacking respect and I don’t like it.
“Yes you can entertain the crowd but there is no need for that and it made me angry. He is a good player but I’ve never seen anyone do things like that before and I’m really annoyed. Let’s play darts and see who is the best. There are so many more things I could say but I don’t want to right now.”
Snakebite opens proceedings in Cardiff after his unbeaten run was ended last Thursday and faces Gary Anderson, who moved into play-off contention last week with a 7-3 win over Wes Newton. Anderson’s mind may be on his new baby this week and so we fancy Wright to continue his good run at 6/5 in the betting for this week’s darts in Cardiff.
Van Gerwen tops the table and is 1/4 to beat the relegated Simon Whitlock.
Two former world champions battle it out in the remaining fixture as Adrian Lewis takes on Raymond van Barneveld.
We correctly tipped Lewis’ match to end in a draw last week at 4/1 because of question marks over Jackpot’s variable form. Lewis has won just one of his last six Premier League fixtures and will find it tough against Barney who hasn’t lost since week two.
The Dutchman has drawn his last four Premier League matches and, in the season of draws – 12 in 40 matches so far – a fifth consecutive 6-6 finish for Barney is available at 19/5.
Wright v Anderson is the first match up at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff on Thursday night.
Let’s hope it’s another cracking night of darts!