Rag2gar previews Week 4 of the Premier League Darts and he has bets on James Wade, Dave Chisnall, Gary Anderson. Peter Wright and Michael Van Gerwen.
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
The 42nd time these two have met in competitive darts and it's James Wade who leads their life time head to head's by a scoreline of 26 to 16. I think most people would assume Lewis is the better of these two players, but there's no denying that Wade is as tough an opponent as you can get. He may not have the high scoring power but he certainly has the finishing and that may just give the machine the edge here. I think at the prices Wade definitely makes more appeal.
2 pts win J. Wade to beat A. Lewis at 9/4 with Betway
Gary Anderson v Raymond Van Barneveld
Van Barneveld had to dig in to secure his victory over Robert Thornton last week and without some big finishes he may have lost that match. Anderson was also lacklustre in his defeat to Phil Taylor and overall the defending champion will be bitterly disappointed with his start to this year's campaign. I think Anderson might put it right here though. There wasn't much to suggest Van Barneveld is at the peak of his powers last week and a victory in the UK open qualifier last weekend for Anderson should have him back at full confidence this time around. Having advantage of throw in the first leg, Anderson might race off to an early lead and not be caught. He looks to have a great chance at getting his first points here either way.
3 pts win G. Anderson to beat R. Van Barneveld at 5/6 with Paddy Power
Michael Van Gerwen v Michael Smith
The player of 2016 so far has certainly been Michael Van Gerwen and there was a lot to like about his come from behind victory over Adrian Lewis last week. I think he'll definitely find another two points here even though Smith found a bit of traction for the first team so far in the league last week. Van Gerwen will simply be too good and it really doesn't matter which Michael Smith turns up. MVG has too much class not to find the win here.
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Another nice win for Phil Taylor last week puts him right back in contention for this year's Premier League, but he faces a real acid test this week when he takes on Dave Chisnall. Chisnall may have failed to win either of his last two games, but he showed what he could do in week one when he beat Thornton 7-0.
I expect Chissy to give Taylor a really good game here and looks worth a punt with a draw no bet in this one. His scoring is as good as anyone and even a 50%+ success rate on doubles could be enough for him to steal the win.
2 pts win D. Chisnall to beat P. Taylor draw no bet at 7/4 with Paddy Power
Peter Wright v Robert Thornton
Maximum points so far for Peter Wright means he goes into week four out on his own at the top of the Premier League table. It looks for all the world that his 100% success rate will continue too as he faces bottom of the table Robert Thornton this week. Wright looked back to his best last week when he averaged 104.5 against James Wade and anything close to that performance will be enough to get the win here against a Thornton that is struggling for both form and confidence.
4 pts win P. Wright and M. Van Gerwen double at evens with Boylesports