The action comes from Sheffield as only eight remain. Last week saw the elimination of Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts a dramatic night of action in Manchester.
This evening there still is going to be five fixtures as two of the players will play twice on one night.
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
Adrian Lewis has been hard to predict but he put in a good performance to save his skin, which in-turn eliminated Peter Wright. On the other hand James Wade was safe but was defeated by league leader Michael van Gerwen; he sits in fourth due to his better leg’s difference compared to Phil Taylor.Embed from Getty Images
These two met in Glasgow on Week 7 when they kicked off proceedings with a 6-6 draw. This will be another tight match but Lewis may hold the upper hand mentally after whitewashing Wade 6-0 in the German Masters on Sunday. Despite that Wade leads the head-to-head record 26-15.
The markets are extremely close and offer relatively little value. The Machine is the more consistent player so Wade Draw No Bet (5/6) would be the safer play in this tight match.
When they met in Glasgow there were nine 180s so the Over 5.5 Match 180s (5/6) would be another play. You could follow that up with Lewis Most 180s (8/15) as he is likely to out hit Wade, who so far hasn’t found that many maximums.
Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall averaged nearly 111 when he beat Gary Anderson 7-2 in Week 5. I can see the St Helens man going close to victory again tonight. Last week he beat Phil Taylor but didn’t play at his best but he does have ability and he’ll get something from this match. Anderson was held to a 6-6 draw against Raymond van Barneveld in a bit of a topsy-turvy match.
Firstly I think Chisnall gets something from this match therefore Chisnall Daw No Bet (7/4) looks good value, this is a shorter price than his draw no bet price against Taylor, so he has the bookies worried.
Something that would interest would be the Over 7.5 Match 180s (evens). Last week Anderson hit seven alone while Chisnall hit three. In their match in Week 5 there were seven 180s, six to one in Chisnall’s favour, but this week they will both chip away at the Treble 20 bed and this should be high-scoring and entertaining.
One of these two tends to hit a high-scoring checkout therefore the generic Highest Match Checkout Over 118.5 (5/6) is something to be more confident about.
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
Raymond van Barneveld survived last week when he drew with Gary Anderson while Dave Chisnall defeated Phil Taylor. When these pair last met it was the Dutchman who was triumphant and personally think he can do so again.
It was in Glasgow that Barney beat The Power 7-4 despite Taylor averaging just over 115 and hitting nine 180s. Raymond looks like a rejuvenated player (again) and Taylor seems to be dropping off even though the desire to keep pushing the darting boundaries being there. It’ll be another close game so Raymond van Barneveld Draw No Bet (9/4) looks very good to repeat his Scottish prevails.Embed from Getty Images
When it clicks for Barney on the checkouts he can take out big ones, like he did in Glasgow on the 144, therefore Raymond van Barneveld Highest Match Checkout (13/10) would tempt me.
A repeat of that match on the Hydro stage will be superb and see good scoring so Over 5.5 Match 180s (5/6) would be something to be a little more confident about.
Stephen Bunting v Michael van Gerwen
Shockingly Michael van Gerwen won the German Masters over the Easter Weekend where he beat John Henderson in the Final. That weekend he also became only the second player, after Phil Taylor, to reach £1 million in prize money.
Today is Stephen Bunting’s birthday however I don’t think he’ll get much a present off unbeaten Mighty Mike – Michael van Gerwen to win (4/11).Embed from Getty Images
In Night 2 in Bournemouth the Dutchman defeated The Bullet 7-3 and a repeat of that is something that is very much possible. Bunting is a bit of a scratchy player who doesn’t seem to play too well but can still get a result.
The Over Highest Match Checkout 120.5 (5/6) is the generic price and both of these take out the big checkouts when playing fluently.
Again there is little value as everyone is expecting van Gerwen to win but as I think a repeat of Bournemouth is likely the Under 10.5 Legs (evens) would be a way to go. That means van Gerwen winning and then only losing one, two or three legs, which is highly likely in my opinion.
Dave Chisnall v James Wade
These are the two that will play their second match of the night in a match that screams out draw!
Of course that would depend on their earlier performances and who can keep their rhythm going. In Week 3 these two met in Liverpool and yes you guessed it – a 6-6 draw.
Draw (7/2) would be something that interests me and the Draw No Bet market is 5/6 on both players, so you can side with who you think the likely winner is and for me that is Chisnall – Chisnall Draw No Bet (5/6).
I would say this would go the distance so Over 11.5 Legs (11/10) would be another way into this match. Other than that there is the short price of Chisnall Most 180s (4/9).
Draw No Bet Treble: Wade (v Lewis), Chisnall (v Anderson), van Barneveld (v Taylor) @ 15.38/1