Taylor set for surprise elimination with just two matches to go
Defeat to the world number one last week means that six-time champion Phil Taylor is now struggling to qualify for this year’s Premier League play-offs. The Power has to win at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle this week to retain any chance of reaching the top four but he faces a tough task against reigning world champion Gary Anderson.
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Only a win good enough for The Power this week
It’s been a rough few weeks for the six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor. The Power has only won one of his last six matches and his defeat last week left him outside the play-off places and struggling to make the final night of the competition.
Defeat to Michael van Gerwen means that Taylor is now three points off fourth place and is in danger of missing out on the play-offs for the first time since the Premier League was introduced in 2005. Taylor has to win on Thursday to stand any chance of a top four finish and he plays the man directly above him in the table, world champion Gary Anderson, in the final match of the night.
The Flying Scotsman has also won just one of his last six Premier League matches and so this could be an intriguing contest. Anderson is 6/4 to win but we fancy Taylor’s chances at 13/10.
Barney can secure play-off place with win at the Metro Radio Arena
After almost being eliminated on Judgment Night, five consecutive wins have lifted Raymond van Barneveld into third place in the table and a win on Thursday would see last year’s champion book his place in the play-offs.
Barney was terrific in Birmingham last week, coming from 4-0 down to beat world champion Anderson 7-5 and then returning to defeat Adrian Lewis and reeling off four straight legs for a comfortable 7-2 victory.
“It’s been an amazing night for me and I’m so proud of myself,” said van Barneveld. “I was playing against two of the best players in the world and I’m really pleased. Adrian beat me 7-1 on the opening night with a 114 average, so it was a bit of payback for me! He’s an amazing player but I put him under pressure.
“I had my back against the wall in week nine when I played Gary and got the draw to stay in, but to have five straight wins since and be in third position is great for me. I’m not in the play-offs yes, I still need wins, but I’m very proud.”
Barney faces James Wade who is without a win in six matches and can’t now make the play-offs. The Dutchman looks great value at 13/10.
Stephen Bunting is another man who can’t now reach the O2 showpiece after a 6-6 draw with Wade in Birmingham. He takes on Dave Chisnall in Thursday’s opening match with Chizzy having booked his play-off place last week with a 7-4 win over Adrian Lewis.
“I’m delighted,” said Chisnall. “I’ve finished well this season and that was the difference again tonight. Even though I’m through it’s important to keep playing the darts I’ve been playing recently – you don’t want to slack off and hopefully I can carry on winning.”
Bunting is this year’s draw specialist – he has drawn 5 matches so far – and so a 6-6 tie could be the call at 7/2.
Michael van Gerwen booked his play-off place a couple of weeks ago and consolidated his position at the top of the table with his win over Taylor last week. Mighty Mike should be too good for Adrian Lewis at 4/7.
The fourteenth week of the Premier League kicks off at 7.15pm on Thursday 7 May. Find all the darts odds over at our main site.