After a hugely successful first visit to the Netherlands last year, the Premier League heads back to Rotterdam this week.
Three Dutch players will benefit from huge home support while the new league leader can keep up his excellent run. Keep reading for our Rotterdam darts betting preview.
Mighty Mike leads Rotterdam darts betting in front of home crowd
Having recovered from a back injury, Michael van Gerwen maintained his unbeaten start to this year’s Premier League with a narrow win in Glasgow.
The world number one came from 5-4 down to defeat Kim Huybrechts 7-5, taking out a 14-dart finish in the final leg. “I feel good and it was great to be back tonight,” said van Gerwen after his win. “It’s always nice to get the two points and Kim played well, but you have to take advantage if he misses and I did that.
“It’s another two points for me and the crowd were nice, but next week in Rotterdam will be very special for me too.”
The Dutch crowd will be treated to a great match as van Gerwen’s opponent this week is none other than six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor.
Taylor suffered his first defeat of the season last week, as a couple of missed doubles proved costly in a 7-4 loss to Adrian Lewis. The Power slipped to fourth in the table in what is proving a very close league, with just two points now separating third and eighth places.
Buoyed by home support, van Gerwen should win this at 2/5.
Snakebite odds-on in Rotterdam darts betting to continue good run
There’s a new name at the top of the Premier League and a four match unbeaten run has seen Peter Wright eclipse Phil Taylor at the top of the table.
Snakebite raced into a 5-1 lead in his match with James Wade last week, before the left-hander took out a 100 finish and a 13-darter to bring it back to 5-4. After Wade took out 76 to force a deciding leg, the world number three sealed the win with a double-16.
“The crowd helped me out – the reception was fantastic and it felt great,” said Wright. “James should have won the game if he’d hit his doubles but I managed to get the two points.
“I can play better than that, but it’s a win and that’s all that counts and I can get back on the practice board for next week.”
Wright plays Dave Chisnall whose winning run came to an end in Glasgow as he was comfortably beaten by Gary Anderson. Snakebite can win at 4/7.
Gary Anderson was in excellent form in front of his home crowd last Thursday, and 147 and 88 finishes helped him race into a 5-0 lead before beating Chizzy 7-3.
“This was a really special night for me,” said Anderson after his win. “There was a mixture of nerves and excitement – it’s great to be back in Scotland and to get a win. It’s not been brilliant so far this season so it’s nice to go out there and get a win.”
Anderson moved up to third in the table with his victory but this week he’ll take on both Raymond van Barneveld and 10,000 passionate Dutch fans.
Barney is a huge favourite in his native Netherlands and comes into this match after producing a great comeback last Thursday. The former world champion came from 4-1 down to beat Jelle Klaasen 7-5, with a brilliant 154 checkout sparking the comeback.
Anderson should win, but there’s some value in backing the Dutchman in front of his home support at 11/4.
Jelle Klaasen has just one win to his name this season and could do with some home support as he faces James Wade in Thursday’s opening match.
After a strong start to his campaign Wade has now not won in three matches although the Dutchman should benefit from the backing of the crowd. Klaasen is 9/5 to win.
It’s been a stop-start season for Adrian Lewis so far although Jackpot was on good form last week, hitting seven maximums in his win over mentor Phil Taylor. Lewis plays Kim Huybrechts this week and the Belgian is yet to win this season. Lewis can win at 10/11.
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