We’re Bubblin’ in Dublin for another cracking week of arrows!
There were five high quality matches for a huge Glasgow crowd to enjoy last week and the Premier League heads to Dublin on Thursday with some more great fixtures in store.
The battle for the top four is as fierce as ever while last year’s champion hauled himself out of the bottom two last week after an impressive win. Keep reading for our preview of this week’s Premier League darts.
Dutchmen meet in match of the night
The two Dutch players in the Premier League both enjoyed important wins last week and meet in Dublin in Thursday’s penultimate match.
Last year’s champion Raymond van Barneveld beat 16 time world champion Phil Taylor 7-4 in a high quality encounter where The Power broke the competition record for the highest average score recorded in defeat.
“Phil was out of this world in the first two legs and I was thinking that it was going to be a long night, but I finished the 144 in the third leg and it changed the whole game,” admitted van Barneveld.
“I’m extremely happy because I’ve struggled for a few weeks, so to play the best player in the world and win is great. It’s amazing to beat a player who has a 115 average but it’s about getting the two points.
The players nowadays are so good and my game isn’t there yet, but I’d love to play like this every week – maybe I need the focus of playing Phil, Gary Anderson or Michael van Gerwen every week.”
Barney meets Michael van Gerwen this week who sits two points clear at the top of the table after beating Dave Chisnall in Glasgow, despite never being at his best.
“Getting the two points was the most important thing but I’m really disappointed with how I played,” said van Gerwen.
“I felt like I played rubbish and maybe it was my worst performance of the year, but it’s a win.”
It promises to be a great match between the two men from the Netherlands. van Gerwen is 1/2 while you can back van Barneveld at a tasty 4/1.
Taylor looks to bounce back after slipping to fourth place
Despite averaging 115 last week it was defeat for Phil Taylor who remains in the top four – but only just. The former Premier League champion needs a good performance this week and he meets bottom of the table Kim Huybrechts in the final match.
The Belgian has only won one match this season and so we fancy The Power to win this one at 9/20.
It was nearly the perfect night for the world champion in Glasgow last Thursday. Gary Anderson received a hero’s welcome at the SSE Hydro and repaid his home faithful with a 7-5 win over Kim Huybrechts.
The Flying Scotsman nearly made it a night to remember when he narrowly missed out on a nine-dart finish when he sent his final dart inches above double 12 after eight perfect darts.
Anderson said: “That was close. I fancied it. When the first ones went in I thought it was on. That last leg is the way I should be playing all of the time.
“It would have been an ideal way to finish but I’m happy to have got the win. Finishing with a nine-darter would have been amazing but it’s job done.”
Anderson is up to second in the table and can consolidate his position with a win against Stephen Bunting. Bunting threw away a 5-1 lead last week with some wayward finishing, allowing himself to be unsettled by jeers from a partisan crowd cheering on rival Peter Wright.
Anderson should win Thursday’s second match at 4/6.
Peter Wright completed his comeback last week with a stylish 66 checkout to snatch an unlikely point. He faces James Wade this week with the Englishman only outside the top four on points difference.
This is a tough match to call with both players in variable form. Both are hard to beat and so the 6-6 draw may offer the value at 7/2.
The opening match features two men who have struggled over the last couple of weeks. Adrian Lewis hasn’t won a Premier League match since the opening week while Dave Chisnall has slipped to third in the table after losing his last two matches.
Lewis’ form has been pretty poor and so we fancy Chizzy to win this at 9/5.
The eighth week of the Premier League kicks off at 7.15pm tonight, Thursday 26th March.