Rag2gar previews Week 5 of the Premier League Darts and he likes Phil Taylor, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson in handicap bets and a draw between Michael Smith & Raymond Van Barneveld.
Premier League Darts Week Five
Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor bagged another impressive win last week and there was a lot to like about his come from behind victory. It would appear Taylor is starting to get the rub of the green again and that bodes well for him in this week's game against Adrian Lewis, as he's a player he's well used to beating.
Lewis may have electric scoring, but he has certainly struggled against the Power throughout his career. Lewis has now lost 50 times to his Stoke on Trent mentor in competitive darts and that is bound to affect his mind-set any time these two meet. The prices reflect this so I don't think this is the greatest bet of all time but I do think Taylor will win, as does Roy The Boy in his weekly blog - See HERE:
1 point win P. Taylor to beat A. Lewis at 10/11 with William Hill.
Dave Chisnall v James Wade
Dave Chisnall will be incredibly disappointed with how the last three weeks of the Premier League has gone, having only managed to score one point from a possible six. He really should have beaten Taylor last week, let alone lost and his confidence is going to be quite damaged now after that result. He did average 109 which far outscores Wade's 97 average in defeat to Lewis, but Chisnall may not average as high this time around.
If you knew the averages were going to be similar of course Chisnall would be a great bet, but every match is different and I think Wade might just slow the pace down and get the better of this one. For me it's a no bet.
Robert Thornton v Gary Anderson
The two Scotsmen meet for the first time this season and despite some resurgent results from Thornton it would be a huge shock if Anderson didn't get the win in this one. Anderson looked back to his World Championship winning form last week against Van Barneveld and if anything he will be expecting to play even better this week.
That doesn't leave much of a chance for Thornton who has had to grind for every leg he's won so far in this year's Premier League. Expect a comfortable Anderson victory and I like the favourite -2.5 legs.
1 point win G. Anderson -2.5 legs to beat R. Thornton at 8/11 with Betway
Peter Wright v Michael Van Gerwen
This is a game which I think will be a lot closer than the last one, despite the odds being exactly the same in the win market. Peter Wright has been changing his darts a lot lately and it's becoming very frustrating. Last week was a case in point as the change of darts almost definitely cost him the game. No doubt he will go back to his old darts this week and if he does he's capable of throwing a 100+ average.
That along with the advantage of throw should mean he gives Michael Van Gerwen a better game than his handicap suggests. Of course Van Gerwen has been imperious so far, but I think he's worth opposing with such a big handicap tonight. This is my bet of the night.
3 pts win P. Wright +3.5 legs vs M. Van Gerwen at 5/6 with Betfair Sportsbook
Michael Smith v Raymond Van Barneveld
The last match of the night sees two players who've struggled in this year's Premier League with a chance to get their season going and both certainly need the win. The last time these two met was in the Unibet Masters and Michael Smith was a worthy winner that day. Previous to that Smith was a short priced favourite to beat Van Barneveld in this year's World Championship only to be turned over after an early lead. Van Barneveld who had such a great World Championship was blown away last week against Gary Anderson but actually threw a reasonable average of 98 that night. I think this one could be a draw as both of these players are quite evenly matched. I don't think Van Barneveld is going to give this away easily and they might just find themselves at 6-6.
2 pts win M. Smith v R. Van Barneveld to be a draw at 19/5 with Boylesports