We saw a drunk Jesus, Homer Simpson and a power cut. It could only be the Premier League darts roadshow, and this week they’re on the road to Tyneside. World Champion Gary Anderson begins his title defence after missing week one.
Michael Smith v Robert Thornton – Editor’s note: Robert Thornton has pulled out of tonight’s event with illness
Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
Barney was quite impressive against Phil Taylor in week one. He usually struggles against the Power on the other stages, but the win meant he has now gone seven unbeaten against Taylor in the Premier League. His 78% checkout percentage will not be beaten in the rest of the tournament.
Wright was also comfortable over Smith, breaking throw three times and hitting a brace of 12 dart legs. These two met on Saturday at the UK Open qualifier, and Wright squeezed past the Dutchman 6-5 in a high quality match. He’s a good front runner, so if he gets the opening two legs, Barney’s in trouble.
I’d bet on the high checkout to be under 118.5 at, or for Wright to win 7-5 at.
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
This one is going to be fantastic. Lewis was extremely impressive in his win over Smith to close out night one. Chizzy, as mentioned before, whitewashed Thornton. Jackpot backed up his performance with a UK Open qualifier win on Saturday.
In the same event Chisnall beat Michael Van Gerwen. Two of the heaviest scorers on the planet means that over 7.5 180’s atis the bet to lump on. In terms of match betting, look at the draw at.
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson’s health issues mean this is a tricky one to predict. MVG started fantastically against James Wade, hitting a 167 checkout on the way to a 3-0 lead. But then something strange happened. We saw a chink in the green machine’s armor, as he then fell to a 7-4 loss.
Anderson is the reigning Premier League champ, and when he goes head to head with Van Gerwen, the averages are usually sky-high. MVG has gone on record saying he wants to break the TV record, and over a short format he could well do it
BET: MVG to win 7-4 at.
James Wade v Phil Taylor
James Wade was only the third man to beat Michael Van Gerwen in the last 10 months. He’s got a good recent record against Phil Taylor (he was the one that ended Taylor’s dominance in Blackpool) and is high on confidence after being mentored by Eric Bristow.
Taylor is still tinkering around with his darts, which he usually does in the Premier League, but after missing out on the playoffs last year he will want to put it right. He was bad last week against Barney, and a repeat performance would mean another defeat
BET: Wade to win at