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Premier League Darts: 3 things to look out for during week four

| 25.02.2015

After three rounds in the Premier League Darts season, one man is making the strongest case for 2015 glory as Michael van Gerwen travels around the country decimating opponents week after week.

A 100 per cent record from his opening trio of games, with the highest average in the competition in that time, shows the Dutchman is in no mood for messing around this year, but faces a tough opponent in Belfast during week four.

Here are three talking points to watch out for at the Odyssey Arena:

Wadey’s stubbornness to show again

After a few listens to the repetitive punditry of Wayne Mardle, darts fans will know that James Wade is tough to beat.

His performances so far in the Premier League campaign back up Hawaii 501’s theory. He has nestled into fourth place in the table thanks to a win over his easiest opponent, Kim Huybrechts, and draws with the tougher two in Stephen Bunting and Dave Chisnall.

That makes 6/4 on the 31-year-old beating Gary Anderson in the draw no bet market particularly attractive, especially as the Anderson of old was on show last week against Van Gerwen, with missed doubles contributing to a 7-4 loss.

Van Gerwen and Lewis to put on 180-fest

As has already been made clear, Mighty Mike has been on a mission this year. Based on that it’s not surprising that he has been made the 4/7 favourite for victory over Adrian Lewis in Northern Ireland.

However, there is a bet to make on this match that is as equally assured, but at far better odds.

11/10 says the pair will combine to throw more than 7.5 180s in the match, which is among the most obvious bankers in the betting world this Thursday, let alone in darts.

The pair are comfortably ahead of the pack in terms of tournament maximums this year, with Lewis leading the way on 12 and Van Gerwen managing 10. Considering their Premier League meetings are usually close – each one has seen over 10.5 legs – there will be plenty of opportunities to pepper the lipstick.

First whitewash of the season heading Wright’s way

In his three matches this season, Phil Taylor has averaged 104, 108 and 100 respectively and a repeat performance against Peter Wright will ensure a very one-sided win heads The Power’s way.

Wright has been below par throughout the Premier League so far, winning the fewest legs of any competitor and managing to claim none against the throw.

14/1 on a Taylor 7-0 victory is well worth a small investment.

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Matt Wiggins

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