Whitlock set to suffer double defeat woe in Birmingham
The Premier League Darts bandwagon rolls into the Midlands this week with Michael van Gerwen at the reins after a pair of victories against Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis last week has given him a two point cushion at the top of the table.
The Dutchman faces Simon Whitlock in Birmingham and is priced at 2/5 to overcome the Australian.
Mighty Mike has emerged the victor in five of the pair’s previous six meetings, and brushed the Wizard aside with a comfortable 7-3 success in their earlier Premier League clash.
Whitlock will re-emerge on stage later in the evening for the equally tough task of restraining the upwardly mobile Phil Taylor.
The Power recorded a win and a stalemate in his last outings as he creeped into the top four, and looks good value to inflict a second defeat of the night on Whitlock.
The defending champion has beaten the 44-year-old in each of their eight meetings in this competition and won seven successive matches in all tournaments against the Cessnock-born player.
Raymond van Barneveld squares up to James Wade in what should be a tight affair.
Three of their preceding four Premier League matches have resulted in a share of the spoils, while the other saw a narrow 8-6 triumph for the Englishman. Backing this one to end with honours even at 7/2 undoubtedly tempts.
Adrian Lewis sits bottom of the pile at present and has lost his last three, but the 2011 runner-up looks a great price at 11/8 to defeat Robert Thornton.
The Thorn suffered a 7-5 loss to Lewis in Cardiff back in March and has a just a single victory against Jackpot since as far back as September 2009.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.