Darts’ finest roadshow rolls into Bournemouth.
After a stunning opening week in the 2014 Premier League darts season, the tournament heads to Bournemouth this Thursday for the second round of matches.
We’ve got all this Thursday’s Darts Betting markets available on site now. Let’s take a look at how the odds have unfolded, based on the Round one match-ups.
Making his first appearance since his shock second round exit at the World Championships in December, Phil Taylor was blown away on match night 1 by the current world number one Michael van Gerwen. Can The Power recover against his protégé in the match of the week? Will van Gerwen cement his place at the top of the table? And can former world champion Raymond van Barneveld keep up his good form?
Taylor suffers biggest ever Premier League defeat
Last week’s clash of the titans turned out to be one of the most unexpectedly one-sided affairs in recent darts history. World champion Michael van Gerwen thrashed Phil Taylor 7-0 in Liverpool, averaging 109.59 and giving The Power just four darts at doubles during the whirlwind 13 minute encounter. Van Gerwen is the reigning Premier League champion and certainly the man to beat in 2014. He plays Robert Thornton in the final match this Thursday and we fully expect him to win it comfortably at 11/25.
It was certainly a humbling experience for Taylor in Liverpool. The six times Premier League champion was using a new design of dart in competition for the first time but didn’t use that as an excuse for his 7-0 thrashing.
Yet, it could still get worse for Taylor this Thursday. His opponent is fellow Potteries player Adrian Lewis who was on the right end of a one-sided result himself at the Echo Arena. Lewis beat Simon Whitlock 7-1 with an excellent display of darts, hitting seven doubles from just eleven attempts.
“It’s a belting start for me to beat a player like Simon so well,” said Lewis. “Since I lost to Michael van Gerwen in the World Championship semi-finals, I haven’t been off the practice board. Michael was the better player that night, but this is a new season and a new me, and I’m looking to the future.”
We think it could be a great time for Lewis to face Taylor. While you can never write off the great man, we really like the odds on Lewis to win this one at 61/50.
Barney shows great form in opening round
He may be a wild-card entry for this year’s Premier League but, last Thursday, Raymond van Barneveld showed that he is a force to be reckoned with. The Dutchman was on terrific form in Liverpool, averaging 108.52 in a 7-2 trouncing of 2011 champion Gary Anderson.
The 46 year old has never progressed further than the semi-finals of this event but on the evidence of last week’s display he’s certainly in some good form. Barney opens the Bournemouth bill against Wes Newton (who lost 7-3 to world finalist Peter Wright in Liverpool) and should be backed at 29/50.
The two remaining matches are closer to call. Simon Whitlock was blown away by Adrian Lewis last week but we believe The Wizard can bounce back in Bournemouth. He plays Gary Anderson and is worth an investment at 36/25.
Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall both began their league campaigns with a win and meet in Thursday’s final match. This could be a close affair but we fancy Wright to edge it at 43/50.
Who do you fancy in this week’s Premier League Darts betting? It looks like a thrilling line-up with the action beginning from 7pm til late.
Best of luck with your bets!