It is just two weeks until Judgement Night and while the candidates for Premier League elimination look clear, the battle for play-offs places continues in earnest. One win separates third and eighth places, and so there’s everything to play for as the tournament heads to the Manchester Arena.
Keep reading for our Manchester darts betting preview.
Mighty Mike offers a decent double in Manchester darts betting
After missing week 5 in Exeter with a back injury, Michael van Gerwen will play twice this week as he looks to book his place in the play-offs.
Mighty Mike overcame a slow start to beat six-time Premier League winner Phil Taylor in Rotterdam. van Gerwen came from 3-0 down to win 7-4 in front of a passionate home crowd and after his win he said: “It was difficult and it was a different kind of pressure for me tonight. You want to give the fans something back and maybe we both didn’t play as well as we could.
“I got the job done and won, which was the most important thing.”
It could be a tough night for the world number one in Manchester as he plays the two men who sit immediately behind him in the table. He opens with a match against James Wade who maintained his push for the play-offs with a comfortable 7-3 win over bottom-of-the-table Jelle Klaasen.
The Machine took an early 2-0 lead to take control and checkouts of 76, 82, 64 and 71 helped the left-hander remain in the top four.
After playing Wade, van Gerwen faces his Dutch compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in the night’s finale. We tipped Barney to take advantage of home support to win last week at a standout 11/4, and he duly obliged with an excellent 7-2 victory over world number two Gary Anderson.
“It was a massive night for me, a brilliant night,” said van Barneveld, who took out a 156 checkout and a 10-darter to secure victory. “Gary has beaten me the last 11 times, but I kept believing in myself and tonight everything went well.
“To play in front of your home crowd means a lot and I didn’t want to let them down. I’m really happy with this victory and I believe I can make the play-offs.”
The world number one is a clear favourite in both his matches. He is just 2/9 to beat Wade and 1/3 to beat van Barneveld.
Bottom two long odds in Manchester darts betting
With Judgment Night just two weeks away, it’s looking increasingly likely that the overseas pair of Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts will be the first two men eliminated.
Huybrechts went down 7-3 to Adrian Lewis last week and is still without a win in this season’s tournament. He needs maximum points this week to avoid elimination and it will be tough against world number two Gary Anderson.
Anderson’s form this season has been mixed – he has lost as many Premier League games as he has won – but he is in desperate need of points and can grab a victory at 4/9.
Klaasen’s defeat last week means he remains bottom of the table and he faces Adrian Lewis in Manchester. Jackpot has moved from the danger of elimination to the brink of the play-offs after two successive wins and he can make it three in a row at 4/7.
In his last season on the circuit it would be a huge shame if Phil Taylor failed to reach the Premier League play-offs. The former world champion sits sixth in the table after defeat last week but he faces a really tough match against the in-form Peter Wright.
Wright remained on top of the table after a 7-4 win over Dave Chisnall, who misses out this week having played twice in week 5.
Wright has won three in a row and was pleased with his victory over Chizzy despite averaging just 93.79. “It wasn’t a great performance but it’s two points and you’ll take that against Dave because he’s a powerful scorer,” said the world number three.
“The crowd were amazing and it was fantastic to play in front of a crowd like that because I loved it.”
This could be a close match. Wright is evens to win but the Power is in desperate need of points and could nick it at 21/10.
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