Wade To Hit Jackpot In Sheffield
Premier League Darts
It’s down to the final 8 after Kim Huybrechts and Peter Wright were both eliminated last week and MVG still reigns strong at the top.
The Tournament So Far
After the drama of Judgement Night, we’re down to the last eight in the Premier League. The undefeated Michael van Gerwen still leads the way from Dave Chisnall and Gary Anderson in second and third. James Wade and Phil Taylor are losing ground on the leaders, whilst reigning champion Raymond van Barneveld, who avoided relegation last week, has it all to do to make the top four.
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
His victory over Peter Wright last week ensured Adrian Lewis’ survival, but that was only his second win in this year’s tournament, and it’s a surprise to see him priced up as favourite for this match. James Wade hasn’t been at his best this year, but he’s a former winner of the event…
and although he is closely matched with Lewis on their overall head-to-head record, he has won five of their last six Premier League encounters. Back Wade to edge this one at odds of 6/4.
Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall
Second-placed Dave Chisnall takes on third-placed Gary Anderson in a fascinating match-up. Anderson went into last week’s fixtures in top form, but was held to a draw by Raymond van Barneveld, whilst Chisnall pulled off a surprise victory over Phil Taylor to overtake Anderson in the table. This could be close, but Anderson has won both of his previous Premier League meetings with Chisnall and is scoring more heavily than his opponent. Back Anderson to edge it at 7/10.
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
Six-time Premier League winner Phil Taylor lost out to Dave Chisnall last week, a defeat that leaves him outside the top four, but his scoring average is the highest in the competition and he should be able to recover some ground against his old rival on Thursday. Barney avoided elimination on Judgement Night, but is propping up the table, and has only won one of his last fourteen against Taylor.
Stephen Bunting v Michael van Gerwen
Premier League debutant Stephen Bunting goes into this game in reasonable form, having beaten Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall in recent weeks, although he was held to a draw by Kim Huybrechts last time. But I can’t seem him beating Michael van Gerwen. The world champion is unbeaten in the competition this year and his current dominance is reflected in odds of 4/11.
Dave Chisnall v James Wade
Both players make their second appearance of the night in what should be a close match.
Wade has the edge on the overall head-to-head record, but they’ve shared their last four, and Chisnall has shown the stronger form in this tournament so far.
Their stats suggest they are well-matched and at odds of 7/2, the draw looks a good bet.