Rag2gar previews Week 6 of the Premier League Darts and he has bets on Gary Anderson, Peter Wright, Raymond Van Barneveld and Robert Thornton.
Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
There will no doubt me much talk about the apprentice taking on the master this week in the opening match of week six, but it really should be the world champion walking away with the victory here. Anderson has spoken a lot of positive words about Smith these past few weeks and maintains that not only will he be a future world champion, but that Smith also has the potential to be an even more ferocious talent than Michael Van Gerwen.
That certainly remains to be seen so far, but the bully boy did have a decent UK Open last weekend which certainly cannot be said for his mentor and manger Anderson who was beaten 9-3 by bin-man qualifier Barry Lynn. It's quite amazing really how Anderson can be so inconsistent, but he always has been that way. The flip side to this is that when he plays well he can really trash players and I see no reason why that won't be just what happens here. Anderson to show the apprentice who's boss and take this by at least a few legs.
2 points win G. Anderson to beat M. Smith -2.5 legs at 1/1 with William Hill, BetVictor and Bet365
Peter Wright v Adrian Lewis
I'd imagine I won't be the only one who'll sling his TV across the room if Peter Wright decides to change his darts once again this week, but it is a distinct possibility having lost in the final of last week's UK Open. Wright will no doubt see this as a reason for changes despite it being a very reasonable weekend's work. Lewis who has been out of form lately did also beat Wright in this year's World Championship and perhaps that's the reason why the bookies can't split them here. For me this looks like a Wright win though as I think he should beat Lewis based on the pair's immediate form. Lewis was lacklustre against Taylor last week and Wright will be a similarly testing task for Jackpot this week. Wright looks a good bet here.
3 points win P. Wright to beat A. Lewis at 6/4 with Bet Victor
Raymond Van Barneveld v James Wade
To me this is the classic darts match up. Any time these two play (and they've played many many times over the years) I always see it as a coin flip. Both evenly matched. Both similar scorers. Both can play poorly. It really is a dead match. The bookmakers make Wade the slight favourite but I'm not sure I agree with that. He's only two points ahead in the table and it's still very early stages. I think Van Barneveld is worth supporting here at odds against with a draw no bet. I think at best this should be a coin flip so to get advantage of throw and even money makes Van Barneveld a nice little value wager.
2 points win R. Van Barneveld to beat J. Wade draw no bet at Evens with Paddy Power, Bet365 and BetVictor
Robert Thornton v Phil Taylor
In the sixth leg of his UK Open semi-final defeat, Phil Taylor was one double 14 away from leading 5-1 against Michael Van Gerwen. Then he missed. Missed by an inch and a half. Then Van Gerwen checked out and Taylor only won two more legs after that going down 10-6. Having played so well in last week's Premier League against Lewis, it certainly looked like at that point in the sixth leg of the UK Open that we could be witnessing somewhat of a power revival for Taylor. However, it wasn't to be and I think that loss will have hurt Taylor.
It will bring him crashing back down to earth after such hope and cause for optimism. Thornton has upset Taylor before too having beaten him as an 8-1 underdog in the 2012 UK Open final. Take a chance on him upsetting the odds against a vulnerable Taylor here.
1 point win R. Thornton to beat P. Taylor at 8/1 with Sky Bet
Dave Chisnall v Michael Van Gerwen
If ever there was a time the out of confidence Dave Chisnall didn't want to face Michael Van Gerwen this would be it. Van Gerwen has been imperious of late and was a comprehensive winner of the UK open last weekend. He was tremendous in the second half of his semi-final against Phil Taylor and merciless in the final against Peter Wright and those are probably the two best dart players outside of himself right now. He also hit a 9 darter along the way. All this spells bad news for Chisnall and I would be shocked if Van Gerwen didn't get the win here. His odds certainly reflect that though and at 3/10 I won't be having a bet.