Premier League Week One Tipping Results
Dave Chisnall over 3.5 180s – 10/11 (Lost)
Michael van Gerwen to beat Kim Huybrechts, hit the most 180s, and the highest checkout – 9/4 (Won)
Gary Anderson to beat Phil Taylor – 11/8 (Won)
Profit/Loss to a level £1 stake: +2.63
Dave Chisnall is normally the first man to a 180 party, but last week decided to give it a skip to our pocket’s expense. That’s not to say he didn’t flirt with the thought, teasing us in a way normally associated with 50 Shades of Grey as he banged in seven 140s on his way to a 7-1 demolition of Peter Wright. Luckily Michael van Gerwen’s classy display against newcomer Kim Huybrechts, and Gary Anderson’s dramatic 7-5 win over Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor left us in profit after week one.
This time around, the Premier League bandwagon rolls into Bournemouth and we’ve plucked out two punts from the madness that we hopefully get the pints in on Thirsty Thursday. Now, who’s got the fancy dress?
Michael van Gerwen v Stephen Bunting
Is there any stopping Mighty Mike? ‘The Green Machine’ has now won 25 of his 26 matches since the World Championships, as his domination of darts in 2015 continues and it is tough to see ‘The Bullet’ Stephen Bunting derailing MVG’s campaign.
Van Gerwen was deadly in beating Kim Huybrechts 7-3 in week one, averaging 107.72 and hitting 64 per cent of his doubles. Bunting proved that he isn’t overawed by the madness of the Premier League by twice coming from two sets down to draw with James Wade, but his stats don’t look anywhere near as impressive. The Bullet averaged just 95.03 against the Machine and hit just six of his 22 shots at doubles.
In the UK Open Qualifiers at the weekend, MVG continued his ridiculous good form, reaching all three finals – winning two and losing the third to the other red-hot form guy Adrian Lewis. Bunting on the other hand crashed out in the second round on Friday to lorry driver Ricky Sudale, lost in the fourth round on Saturday to Irishman Brendan Dolan, and was hammered 6-1 in the fifth round on Sunday – by non other than Michael van Gerwen.
Mighty Mike is an accumulator banker at 1/2, but there is value backing him -3.5 legs on the handicap at 7/4. The key here is that MVG has the throw first, so the pressure will immediately be on the Bunting. Just two breaks of throw for MVG, like he did against Huybrechts, will get the job done.
Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor
Although Michael van Gerwen appears pretty much unstoppable in the tungsten world right now, Adrian Lewis can’t be far behind. Jackpot recorded his highest ever TV average last week – 113.8 – in a 7-1 destruction of Raymond van Barneveld. It was the fourth highest average in Premier League history and featured five 180s, eight 140+s, and a 138 check-out. Partner that with a 54 per cent success rate on the doubles and poor old Barney never stood a hope.
Into the weekend Adrian Lewis continued his belting form with a 6-1 victory over MVG in the UK Open Qualifier on Friday, before making the quarter-final on Saturday and the semi-final on Sunday. He hit two 12-dart legs in the final against MVG on Friday, and in the first round of that tournament his average was a mind-boggling 121.86.
‘I said that I was going to have a good 2015 and this is a statement of my intent’, said Lewis after Friday’s final. ‘I started off with a 120 average and continued my form throughout the day so I am very happy. I’ve been putting a lot of work in and I’m looking forward to the year ahead.’
The two-time World Champion is in some unreal form, and despite throwing first against Taylor, the traders surprisingly have him priced up as the underdog. Admittedly, Lewis has won just one of the last six against The Power, but they haven’t faced each other since last April and that certainly does not take into account Lewis’ recent record.
Also, a quirky little fact to throw into the mix: These two have faced each other 10 times in the league format of this tournament – with Lewis only managing three victories over Taylor – Two of those victories have been in Bournemouth.
A lucky charm for Lewis?