Just five points separate the top six in this year’s Premier League and it is shaping up to be one of the closest finishes in years.
The eight players head to Liverpool this week with some vital matches in prospect, particularly for the tournament’s two Scotsmen. Keep reading for our Liverpool darts betting preview.
Jackpot coming up on the rails and looks good value in Liverpool darts betting
With four wins in his last five league matches, Adrian Lewis is the form player in the Premier League and the former world champion has dragged himself into play-off contention with a decent run of victories.
Lewis bounced back from his defeat to Gary Anderson in Cardiff by beating the world number two in Dublin in an impressive performance where he won five of the final six legs. After his win, he said: “It’s massive. It’s all about belief and this showed you can go up there and beat anyone if you believe in yourself.
“Gary beat me last week but every game’s different and I know that if I turn up, I’ve got a good chance and I did the job tonight. I knew that if Gary won I was four points behind the top four so it was crucial.”
Jackpot has only once reached the Premier League final – and that was six years ago – but now sits level on points with the world number two and he can continue his good run this week with a win over Raymond van Barneveld.
Barney’s run of consecutive wins ended last Thursday in a 7-3 defeat to Phil Taylor, but the 49 year old did return to the stage to win the final match of the night, hitting 12 and a 13 dart finishes in a comfortable 7-2 victory over James Wade.
In such a close competition every point is crucial and this could be a close match. Barney won the pair’s previous meeting this season by 7 legs to 5 and this could also go all the way. Lewis is 8/5 with Barney available at 13/10.
Hard to pick between two Scotsmen in Liverpool darts betting
The two Scottish representatives in this year’s Premier League both dropped points last week. Gary Anderson missed a number of doubles in his defeat to Adrian Lewis, while Peter Wright came from 6-3 down to snatch a draw with Dave Chisnall, hitting a 64 finish to earn a 6-6 draw.
The pair will each play twice at the Echo Arena and the Flying Scotsman starts the evening’s proceedings as he faces Dave Chisnall. Chizzy was really unlucky not to secure a long-overdue win last week, landing seven 180s, setting up two potential nine-dart finishes and hitting a terrific 145 checkout.
The Englishman is all but out of contention for the play-offs but if he repeats last week’s 106 average he could be terrific value at 15/4.
Wright’s opening match is a tough one as he faces league leader Michael van Gerwen who averaged 113 last week in a high quality win over James Wade.
The world number one came from 4-2 down to lead 6-5, and despite two maximums from Wade in the deciding leg he followed a 171 with a delicious 138 finish to take both points.
After his win, Mighty Mike said: “It was probably James’ highest average in a long time, so I’m really glad I won it in the end. After I was 4-2 down I knew I had to do something extra if I was going to win the game, and I did that.
“Somehow I managed to do the 171 and the 138 when he was on 41 after nine darts. That takes a lot of capability, pressure and confidence to do that. I’m really glad I won this game and I needed it.”
van Gerwen is just 4/11 to win, with Wright available at a huge 11/2.
The two Scotsmen then return to the stage to face each other in Thursday’s final match. A win for Wright in Liverpool could really dent the two-time champion’s aspirations this season. Snakebite is 6/4 while you can back Anderson at 13/10.
Phil Taylor‘s bid to reach the play-offs in his final year on the circuit remains on course after an impressive win in Dublin. The Power beat Dutch rival Raymond van Barneveld 7-3, taking out a pair of double 16 finishes before sealing a victory with a 66 checkout.
“It’s two points in the bag and it keeps me up there in the league table, ” said Taylor. “I’m still enjoying it and still trying to get into the play-offs. Raymond’s playing some great darts and he always seems to be there, and over the years we’ve had so many great battles. Playing him in Dublin was extra special.”
Taylor faces James Wade whose play-off bid has all but ended having lost his last four matches. The six-time champion is 7/10 with The Machine available at 3/1.
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