Premier League Darts: Week 7

Last week’s 8/1 treble landed along with some of the other selections meaning it was a very successful blog.

A few of you got in touch showing me your betting slips, so let’s hope for another night of quality tungsten action and winners.

Peter Wright looks to have turned a corner after winning his first game of the Premier League while Stephen Bunting ended Dave Chisnall’s unbeaten run.

There were also victories for James Wade, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson, who was sublime beating Adrian Lewis 7-1.

Now time to look at the action from Glasgow.

James Wade v Adrian Lewis

James Wade sits comfortably in fifth while Adrian Lewis has a relegation fight on his hands as he is in eighth place and a point clear of the bottom two elimination places.

Lewis has been scoring well but his doubling has been his Achilles heel in recent weeks. Despite being beaten 7-1 by Gary Anderson, he averaged 103 but his checkout success rate was only 14% (one in seven.)

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The Machine was comfortable against Raymond van Barneveld when winning 7-3. Wade averaged 98 and had a checkout success rate of 47% (7/15.)

Wade (11/8) looks enticing considering he is the in-form player after winning a PDPA Players Championship event in Barnsley on Sunday; he beat Peter Wright 6-5 in the Final while on Saturday he was the runner-up to Gary Anderson. Plus he has won 26 of their 40 meetings, which looks likely to extend given the form here.

Between them in their last two matches they have only hit four 180s (one in each match) therefore the Under 5.5 180s (evens) would be something to put in an acca.

Peter Wright v Stephen Bunting

Snakebite won his first Premier League match of the year last week against Kim Huybrechts and he is on a run where I would expect him to follow that up here this week.

Bunting ended Dave Chisnall’s unbeaten run quite convincingly in a 7-3 victory for The Bullet.

In Barnsley at the weekend Bunting was beaten in the Last 16 on both days while Wright was beaten in the Last 16 on Saturday before reaching the final on Sunday.

Bunting has had the better of Wright in their previous six meetings winning four but Wright can pull one back in their head-to-head record.

Wright (6/5) has settled on a set of darts he feels comfortable with after regularly switching in the opening weeks. Now he has found a set he looks to kick-on and climb above Bunting here with a win.

So far in the Premier League Wright has hit 13 180s compared to Bunting’s 17 180s. However the value on Wright Most 180s (11/8) looks appealing especially as when he finds a rhythm he can rattle them in like last week when he hit four.

The standard price of Highest Match Checkout Over 118.5 (5/6) would be something to put with the evens bet on the previous match.

Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor

Last year’s winner Raymond van Barneveld looks like he will be one of the two that are eliminated after Week 9 and before the UK Open admitted that he has considered walking away from the sport.

Barney only has three points so far and arguably can’t lose here tonight, especially if Huybrechts was to take anything off Gary Anderson.

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The Dutchman has the lowest average of all the matches so far after his 88 last week against James Wade and he will need a massive improvement to beat Phil Taylor here.

In last year’s event both of the matches between these two finished in 6-6 draws and that arguably gave van Barneveld the confidence to beat Taylor in the semi-final.

This year it looks completely different and Taylor (4/9) is short but is one to be confident about, especially given Barney’s negative mind-set plus Taylor’s record against him, which reads 51 wins from 63 matches. If the Dutchman starts poorly it could be a short match, as The Power doesn’t take prisoners.

Taylor -2.5 (4/5) is a better price and something that catches the eye because personally I feel the Stoke-on-Trent thrower will win 7-2/7-3 and because of that something at an even better price is Under 10.5 Legs (11/10).

Kim Huybrechts v Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson put in a very impressive performance last week when winning 7-1 against Adrian Lewis while Huybrechts was beaten in a deciding leg against Peter Wright.

Anderson averaged 109, the fourth highest so far, he hit four 180s and had a checkout success rate of 58%. Anderson (4/7) another short price but one to be confident about after his weekend form in Barnsley, winning on Saturday.

The Flying Scotsman has won ten of his 14 previous meetings with Huybrechts and that is a record that I am expecting to extend tonight.

Huybrechts didn’t have a great weekend in Barnsley as he didn’t get past the Second Round. He lost in the Second Round on Saturday and the First Round on Sunday.

A slightly riskier bet based on last week would be the Match Treble of Anderson to win, hit Most 180s and Highest Match Checkout (3/1). This is because Anderson hit four 180s to Huybrechts’ two and Anderson hit a 145 checkout, the second highest on the night.

Again the standard price of Highest Match Checkout Over 118.5 (5/6) would be another way to find a winner in this match.

Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen

A meeting of the top two in the Premier League so far. Fellow St Helens man Stephen Bunting beat Chisnall last week in his first defeat of the competition while Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor 7-3.

Interestingly Mighty Mike only played on the Saturday in Barnsley and that saw him as a surprise First Round casualty losing 6-5 to Kyle Anderson. On the other hand Chisnall was a semi-finalist on Saturday while on Sunday he was also beaten in the First Round.

Michael van Gerwen beat Dave Chisnall in the Unibet Masters. Sky Sports

Michael van Gerwen beat Dave Chisnall in the Unibet Masters. Sky Sports

Michael van Gerwen (8/15) has won 14 of the 19 previous meeting and that is something the Dutchman will be looking to extend to 15 from 20.

So far in the Premier League Chisnall has hit 21 180s to MvG’s 20, so they are closely matched and something of value would be Chisnall Most 180’s (11/10.)

On paper this should be the match with most 180s but the bar has been set very highly at 7.5 for the match, so isn’t something that I could confidently back with Overs at the better price.

Acca: Wade, Wright, Taylor, Anderson & van Gerwen all to win @ 14.73/1.
On William Hill’s darts specials there is a treble for tonight and that is something to be keen on.

Note: Bet Bundle of Taylor, Anderson and van Gerwen to win @ 13/5.


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