It was a dramatic night of darts in Manchester last week as Judgment Night went down to the wire. Peter Wright’s defeat ultimately cost him his place in this season’s Premier League with reigning champion Raymond van Barneveld grabbing the point he needed for survival in the penultimate leg of the night.
Eight players head to the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield this week with the imperious Michael van Gerwen leading the way. Keep reading for this week’s Premier League darts betting preview.
Mighty Mike the darts betting banker as his excellent form continues
It was business as usual for Michael van Gerwen on Thursday as the only unbeaten man in this year’s Premier League cruised to a fourth successive win. The Dutchman beat James Wade 7-4 in a high quality match in which both players averaged over 100. Van Gerwen’s finishing proved to be the difference and he remains three points clear at the top of the table.
“I wasn’t at my best but I got the win, which was the most important thing,” said van Gerwen. “When you’re feeling comfortable, even 80 or 90 percent of what you can do might be enough and I did enough to win.
“I hit doubles at the right times and I think I deserved to win the game tonight. I’m enjoying the season so far and I want to stay at the top.”
Van Gerwen can continue his excellent run this week by beating Stephen Bunting at 4/11.
Chizzy flying high and in action twice on Thursday
Last week we tipped Dave Chisnall to cause an upset by beating Phil Taylor at 7/2 and Chizzy duly obliged by coming back from 4-2 down with three 11-dart legs to seal a 7-4 victory.
“I started very slowly but pulled it out at the end,” said Chisnall. “Phil missed a few doubles and I capitalised on it and fortunately I got the win. My scoring wasn’t brilliant but I finished well. I’ve not beaten Phil for a while and even though he wasn’t at his best I’ll take the win and I’m happy.
“To be up there in the top four even though I’ve not been at my best is not bad – people were tipping me to be eliminated so I’ve proved them wrong so far!”
Chisnall remains second in the table and plays twice on Thursday night. He is excellent value to beat world champion Gary Anderson at 27/10 and 9/5 to overcome James Wade in the final match of the night.
Stoke pair desperate for wins
Adrian Lewis picked a great time to secure only his second win of the Premier League season in Manchester and his victory over Peter Wright saved the former world champion from relegation. Snakebite took out a stunning 170 in the 10th leg but it wasn’t enough to secure his place in the remaining six weeks of the tournament.
“I treated it like a first round, knock-out match and I got the job done so I’m over the moon,” said Lewis. “When Peter took out the 170 I thought it was going to sum up my league, but I managed to get the win.
“My scoring was a bit hit and miss but my finishing – which has let me down in recent weeks – has come together tonight. I’ve been putting in six hours a day practising on my finishing and it showed. If I can get a bit of momentum now over the next few weeks I want to push towards the top four,” he added.
Lewis opens proceedings in Sheffield but we fancy James Wade to win this one at 7/5.
Phil Taylor lost again last week and remains outside the top four but can get back on track this week with victory against last year’s Premier League champion. Raymond van Barneveld safely navigated Judgment Night with a hard earned point against world champion Gary Anderson, securing the point he needed by winning the 11th leg of the match.
“I’m happy with the draw,” said van Barneveld. “In the last three games I had the top three players in the world – Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson – but I got the three points that I needed in the end.
“There was a lot of pressure because we were the last game on and Adrian did what he had to do earlier. I knew what I had to do, get a draw at least, and it’s in your mind. I didn’t want to lose tonight and go out after being the winner last year, but I’m happy to be in the next phase and I can’t wait to play the remaining games.”
Taylor is 1/2 with Barney available at 7/2.
The tenth week of the Premier League kicks off at 7.15pm on Thursday 9 April.