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Dave Clark exclusive: Rob Thornton can shock Michael van Gerwen in the darts

by Josh Powell | February 14, 2013
LEGENDS OF THE OCHE: Dave Clark predicts a good night for Barney and Taylor

LEGENDS OF THE OCHE: Dave Clark predicts a good night for Barney and Taylor

The face of darts on Sky Sports Dave Clark has given the Paddy Power Blog his hottest tips ahead of the second Thursday of Premier League darts. The arrows tipster has gone through the card tonight and picked out a red-hot treble for punters.

Dave Clark’s Premier League double 
Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld to win: 9/2

Wes Newton v Raymond van Barneveld

You have to say Barney all the way tonight. He’s the five-time Premier League semi-finalist and he averaged 10.2 and hit four 180s in a 7-4 victory over Gary Anderson. He is in great form and won the Grand Slam. Wes Newton is the World number seven but was disappointing in that 7-4 defeat to James Wade last week. He only averaged in the 80’s which isn’t anywhere near good enough.

The atmosphere in Aberdeen will be unbelievable and Barney gets massive support in Scotland. It is a nailed on victory for Barneveld at 8/13 and he wins fairly easily.

Andy Hamilton v James Wade

It is worth looking at the 180 market in this match tonight. James Wade didn’t hit any last week so the Hammer is a pretty sure thing to hit more maximums at 5/6.

The Hammer might bounce back from last week’s defeat. He reached the semi-finals last year in his first year in the Premier League, he loves the atmosphere and the big crowds this tournament generates. He lost 7-5 to Robert Thornton but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Thornton went 5-1 up and the Hammer made it 5-5 but hit form just at the wrong time. He’ll have been on the practice board and he could just nick it.

It’ll be close so Paddy Power’s Money-Back Special if it is a draw is very important in this tight clash. At 13/8 Hamilton can just edge an extremely tight game though.

Gary Anderson v Simon Whitlock

Adrian Lewis’ poor performance against Simon Whitlock really flattered the Wizard. He wasn’t at his absolute best but he made the final last year and hit a nine-darter in the semi. How will Gary Anderson deal with a passionate Scottish crowd behind him? Remember he does suffer with nerves and Whitlock could nick it. This will be a tight match, around the 7-5 scoreline probably, but the Australian can edge it at 6/5.

Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor is 8/15 for this game and there is no way Lewis, on his current form, can beat Taylor. We’d love to see him back to his best but at the minute he has no chance the way he is playing. He showed frailty against Simon Whitlock last week losing 7-3. Taylor can cruise this game.

The scoreline of 7-2 is 8/1 and looks appealing. Taylor will destroy Lewis unless Jackpot has had a miraculous turnaround in the last week which is very unlikely. Phil Taylor is guaranteed to beat Jackpot. Lewis will not get anywhere near The Power on Thursday night.

Rob Thornton v Michael van Gerwen

Thornton was not just a good winner in week one, but an amazing winner. He came out of the blocks and took a 5-1 lead against Andy Hamilton, averaging 98.84. He took out three checkouts over 100 and hit five 180s in that 7-5 victory. Thornton, in front of the Scottish crowd, could, could, just be worth a cheeky tenner tonight.

The Thorn made a guest appearance in the Premier League in 2009 when Wayne Mardle was ill and it gave the Scot that fire in his belly. There will be a cauldron of an atmosphere in Aberdeen. Given Michael van Gerwen missed doubles last week the 7/2 on Thornton might be tempting. Thornton could just sneak a narrow victory over MVG.

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