Plenty of darts betting value as fierce Premier League battle heads to Wales
It has been a pretty unpredictable Premier League so far and with four weeks to go all of the remaining eight contenders have a chance to make the lucrative play-offs.
Adrian Lewis and Raymond van Barneveld looked down and out a few weeks ago but have roared back into contention while players above them continue to wobble. Keep reading for this week’s Premier League darts betting preview.
Form players are where all the darts betting value lies this week
On Judgment Night a couple of weeks back it looked likely that this year’s Premier League would lose the wildly inconsistent Adrian Lewis. The former world champion hadn’t won since the opening week but having saved himself from elimination he has now won three in a row and is setting his sights on the top four.
Jackpot beat Stephen Bunting 7-2 in Aberdeen and was pleased with the outcome. “I’m happy with that because it was a big game that I didn’t want to lose,” said Lewis. “Stephen missed a few doubles early on but I was there on his tail, I kept calm and got the job done.
“I’ve done a lot of work on my game recently and it’s showing in my results. It puts me in the mix for the top four and I think it will be between me and him for taking a point.”
Lewis takes on his mentor in Cardiff as he faces Phil Taylor. The Power beat the in-form Dave Chisnall last week before spurning a staggering ten match darts against Stephen Bunting and being forced to settle for a 6-6 draw.
“I’m really pleased to come up to Aberdeen and take three points,” said Taylor. “In the first game I got stuck in because I knew Dave was going to play well and I knew what I was up against, but I’m fighting for survival.
“Barney caned me last week but I’m better than that and I had to go out and perform tonight. I’ll be there or thereabouts but I think with it being so close it’s given us all a kick up the backside and it’s interesting.”
This should be a terrific game between master and student. Taylor is 21/20 while Lewis is available at 19/10.
Another form player is last year’s champion Raymond van Barneveld. Barney ended the unbeaten run of Michael van Gerwen last Thursday, coming back from 20 down to secure a 7-3 win with an 11 dart leg.
“To beat Phil last week and now Michael, I’m really happy. They are the two best players in the world at the moment but I’m playing well and that’s seven points from the last five weeks.
“Michael’s had a tough week but he didn’t play that badly. He missed some crucial darts in the second leg but I’m battling hard and I want to get into the top four and win this fantastic Premier League again.”
The Dutchman looks good value at 7/5 to beat Dave Chisnall.
World Champion can all but book his play-off place with two wins
With two matches in Cardiff, Gary Anderson can all but secure his play-off place if he can win both ties on Thursday. After last week’s terrific comeback against James Wade – Anderson was 6-2 down and fought back for a draw – he should beat debutant Stephen Bunting in the opening match.
The Flying Scotsman then takes on league leader Michael van Gerwen whose unbeaten run came to an end in Aberdeen as he fell to defeat against Raymond van Barneveld.
This looks like the match of the night and Anderson is 21/10 to win, while James Wade is 15/4 to prevail over the Dutchman in their earlier match.
The twelfth week of the Premier League kicks off at 7.15pm on Thursday 23 April. Find all the darts betting over at our main site at https://www.betbright.com/darts