Rag2gar previews Week 2 of the Premier League Darts with bets advised on Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Total 180s in Lewis v Chsinall, Michael Van Gerwen and James Wade to beat Phil Taylor.
Michael Smith v Robert Thornton
Two of the poorest players from week one open proceedings in Newcastle this week and needless to say both of these players will desperately be looking for a win. Michael Smith even more so having lost both of his opening games in week one. Thornton will also be worried, as his form these past six months or so has been really bad.
Smith at least played well in the World Championships last Christmas and that's certainly the best of the form we have going into this one. Smith will however need to do something about his petulance, because it's costing him legs, but if he can put in a professional performance throughout here he should have the beating of Thornton.
2 pts win M. Smith to beat R. Thornton at evens with Stan James
Raymond Van Barneveld v Peter Wright
Raymond van Barneveld will be delighted with his opening week win against Phil Taylor and continues an impressive run which saw him really contend at this year's World Championship.
Peter Wright also put in a quality performance to beat Michael Smith in week one and he too will be confident going into this one. Van Barneveld is a player I find most unpredictable, but Wright is as solid as they come and never plays a bad game. For that reason I'm going for Wright here. His leg on leg pressure is similar to MVG and as a result wins a lot of games because of it. I think he's going to turn over Van Barneveld here and punish any dip in performance from the Dutchman.
2 pts win P. Wright to beat R. Van Barneveld at 11/10 with Ladbrokes
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
The one thing that sprung to mind when I saw this fixture was "180s" because there will be a bevy load in this one. Arguably the two best 180 throwers in the business, I expect the over 7.5 total to be severely tested here. Don't be surprised if there's an average of one a leg as both of these will be trying hard for maximums as it's the strongest element of their games. The match itself is hard to call and could easily end up being a draw. The only thing that looks certain is high scoring.
3 points win over 7.5 total 180s in the Lewis v Chisnall match at 19/20 with Bet Bright.
Gary Anderson v Michael Van Gerwen
The game of the night sees world number one Michael Van Gerwen take on the new World Champion Gary Anderson in what should be an absolute belter. Van Gerwen was disappointing last week against James Wade, but I fully expect him to bounce back here.
Anderson who didn't take part last week, will have to face the most difficult of tasks to open his campaign, especially after Van Gerwen's defeat last week. I expect the world number one to rip Anderson apart here and get his first win of the season. Van Gerwen is a class apart when he plays well and last week's disappointing performance will have galvanised the young Dutchman to put in a far better display this time around.
3 points win M. Van Gerwen to beat G. Anderson at 5/6 with Stan James
James Wade v Phil Taylor
James Wade put in the performance of the week to beat the world number one Michael Van Gerwen in week one and will be looking to back that up with another important victory here over Phil Taylor here. I see no reason why he can't.
Wade hit some lovely checkouts last week and that really is his specially. A few similar ones this week should be enough to take the win here against a Phil Taylor who is very much there for the taking at the moment. Taylor was poor in his loss to Barney in week one and at the prices Wade definitely makes more of an appeal. Take a chance on him to take this one at the bumper odds available.
1 point win J. Wade to beat P. Taylor at 5/2 with Bet Victor.
James Wade v Michael Smith
A change of the opening match on this week's card means the bully boy Michael Smith will now face James Wade in the night's opening match. I think Smith's petulance of late is really hurting his chances and costing him legs. He seems to get frustrated easily when things don't fall his way and can't seem to grind through it when this happens. This will be very costly if he keeps it up as the Premier League is all about clinical finishing and taking the very few opportunities you are given. James Wade is the polar opposite to Smith in so far as he is dogged, clinical and never, ever, gives up. This is what you need in these tight Premier League matches and this is what I think will get Wade the win over Smith tonight.
3 points win James Wade to beat Michael Smith at 6/5 with Boylesports