Can Chizzy keep it rockin’ in Nottingham?
After a spicy encounter in Exeter last week where Michael van Gerwen once again lost his cool with his opponent the Premier League continues this Thursday.
Surprise leader Dave Chisnall opens proceedings in Nottingham this week while a packed crowd at the Capital FM Arena will also get to enjoy a clash between the world’s top two players. Keep reading for our preview of this week’s Premier League darts.
Van Gerwen v Taylor is the match of the tournament so far
For the second week running, former world champion Michael van Gerwen was involved in a spat with his opponent and, yet again, losing his cool cost him vital Premier League points. Two weeks ago Mighty Mike accused Adrian Lewis of throwing slowly and last week he was labeled a ‘baby’ by opponent Peter Wright after taking exception to Snakebite’s on-stage antics.
Wright delayed his final dart on a 160 finish in order to gee up the crowd prompting anger from his opponent. “What that guy does has nothing to do with darts,” Van Gerwen said. “He does it on purpose. He’s not a professional.”
The Scotsman retorted that van Gerwen needed to ‘grow up’ and the Dutchman will certainly need to focus on his darts this week as he faces six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor.
While van Gerwen was again involved in a row with a rival, Taylor was coming back from 4-1 down to complete a superb 7-5 win over James Wade, finishing with a terrific 140 in the final leg.
This promises to be a high quality match. The Power is 17/10 while you can back 2015 UK Open champion van Gerwen at 6/5.
We tipped Dave Chisnall to keep up his good run by beating world champion Gary Anderson in Exeter last week and those of you who followed our advice got a tasty 5/2 return on your investment. The Englishman is the only unbeaten player in the tournament and can consolidate his position at the top of the table with a win over Stephen Bunting in Thursday’s opening match.
Bunting beat an out of sorts Adrian Lewis last week for his first win of the campaign but will find it tough against the league leader. Back Chizzy to win again at 19/20.
Wright still looking for his first win of the season
It’s been a tough season so far for Peter Wright but the Scotsman fought to a 6-6 draw with van Gerwen last week and was in excellent form at the weekend. He beat former world champions Raymond van Barneveld and Phil Taylor at the UK Open before whitewashing Stephen Bunting 10-0 in the most one-sided of semi-finals.
He eventually went down 11-5 to nemesis van Gerwen in the final but the flamboyant 44 year-old will be pleased with his form.
Wright plays Kim Huybrechts this week in the final match and we tipped the Belgian last week at a standout 9/5 to get his first win of the season. He duly beat reigning champ van Barneveld 7-5 – including a 170 checkout in the closing leg – and should make life tough for Snakebite in Nottingham. Wright is 13/10 to get his first win.
Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade have just one win each this season and both need a win to push for a play-off place. Wade has hit fewer 180s than any other player in the league but we fancy him to come good and win at 21/20.
Just when you think Adrian Lewis may be showing some form he has a rotten week and inconsistency sets in again.
Jackpot hasn’t won in the league since the first week and averaged just 91.45 in his defeat last Thursday. He faces world champion Gary Anderson in Nottingham and as it’s impossible to predict which Lewis will turn up, the smart money is on the Flying Scotsman at 23/20.
The sixth week of the Premier League kicks off at 7.15pm on Thursday 12 March. Find all the darts odds over at our main site at https://www.betbright.com/darts