With Van Gerwen on the ropes, here’s where the value lies this week
It was supposed to be Judgement Night in Cardiff, but unfortunately for Jelle Klassen and Kim Huybrechts, their Prmeier League Darts fate has already been decided.
That’s not to say there’s nothing to play for in Week Nine though.
Just four points separate Michael van Gerwen at the top of the table and James Wade down in seventh. He Machine, along with Phil Taylor, will be looking to add two vital points to their tallies in a push for a top four spot.
And as always, we’ve priced up a juicy five-fold, convincing our generous traders to enhance the odds just a tad to give you the best value on the market.
Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts – Wright -2.5
Wright has it all to play for, whereas Huybrechts is now just throwing for pride.
Having lost five of his eight games thus far and still without a win to his name, we just can’t see the Hurricane getting anything here.
Anything other than a hammering, that is.
Snakebite is sitting pretty in second place right now, although he’s been far from his best in the last couple of weeks.
However, victory over Van Gerwen last weekend in Germany will give him a much needed confidence boost as we head into the business end of the campaign. He’ll be well up for this one.
Phil Taylor v Jelle Klassen – Under 10.5 legs
Klassen is in a similar position to Huybrechts in that he now has nothing to play for, and this will be his last night in this year’s Premier League.
He’s struggled in the last three weeks with a bad wrist, and if there’s one player on the circuit you’d want to avoid going up against when you aren’t at your best – it’s Phil Taylor.
The Power takes no prisoners, and it’s about time he blitzed a game in this year’s competition. We’re fancying him to win this one comfortably, and this bet allows him to drop three legs.
A comfortable bet if you’re asking us.
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis – Over 7.5 180s
There aren’t many players on the planet who are better at finding the treble 20 on such a consistent basis than this pair.
Between them, they’ve hit 52 in the last eight weeks. Jackpot has 25 while the Flying Scotsman boasts 27.
The fact they’re playing against each other only strengthens their chances of scoring heavy – they’ll bounce off each other on the oche.
Lewis has been impressive this year and is more than capable of taking Anderson all the way. And with potentially 12 legs to play, we’re expecting at least eight maximums to be thrown.
Raymond van Barneveld v James Wade – RVB to win
There’s an argument to be made that Barney has been the Player of the Tournament so far.
Currently in third place, the Dutchman caused the shock of the year by beating his compatriot, Mighty Mike, last week in Manchester after breezing past world number two, Gary Anderson, in a 7-2 victory just seven days earlier in Rotterdam.
With that in mind, the 10/11 on him beating James Wade looks like cracking value, especially when you consider the Machine has won just one of his last five league matches.
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall – Chisnall +4.5
Chizzy is certainly holding his own in this year’s Premier League.
He’s already taken points from Barney and Wade this year and has a great chance of progressing to the latter stages of the competition.
But the thing that’s attracted us most to this market is the fact that his opponent – Van Gerwen – is on the ropes right now.
Defeat to RVB last time out was followed with a shock loss in the German Championship at the weekend.
As well as that, every player he’s faced so far has taken at least three legs from the world number one. All Chisnall has to do for this bet to come in is get three legs on the board. He’s certainly capable of doing that – if not more.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing