Premier League Darts – Chizzy Best Bet Of Week 5
The Premier League darts is in Exeter this week as judgement night draws ever closer for those lingering towards the bottom of the table.
Raymond van Barneveld v Kim Huybrechts
Barney picked up an important win against Stephen Bunting last week and will now be looking to kick on and push towards securing a top-four finish in the Premier League table.
Kim Huybrechts remains winless in his debut Premier League season, but will feel slightly unfortunate not to get more from last week’s match against Dave Chisnall where both players averaged 107 but the Englishman emerged as the 7-4 winner.
I can’t see anything other than a Barney win here and Boylesports’ standout price of 6/5 on the Dutchman picking up two points is one to be taken advantage of.
James Wade v Phil Taylor
James Wade looked as though he might upset the odds last week against Gary Anderson, but uncharacteristically let an early lead slip and crumbled under the pressure of the World Champion’s scoring.
The Power, meanwhile, may still be scratching his head and wondering how he didn’t take maximum points from his match against Peter Wright seven days ago.
Taylor has an incredible all-time record in head-to-heads with The Machine (he’s won more than 75% of matches), but Wade has won the two most recent meetings. Take a chance on this one ending in a draw at odds of 4/1.
Adrian Lewis v Stephen Bunting
Despite earning a point from last week’s match against the irrepressible MVG, Adrian Lewis will have left the arena disappointed by the manner in which he let the possibility of a victory slip. Jackpot is now without a win since week one of the Premier League.
Stephen Bunting, though, is without a Premier League win full stop. The Bullet again failed to play to his potential in last week’s defeat to Barney and now really must start picking up points if he is to avoid being cast adrift.
That said, he is more than capable of beating any player in this competition and at odds of 11/4 does represent some value in the Match Odds market. I certainly couldn’t be having Lewis here at the 4/6; perhaps a play on Bunting in the Draw No Bet market at odds of 7/4 is the best option.
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Fair play to Peter Wright, I didn’t expect him to get anything from his game against Phil Taylor last week. But he dug in when he needed to and managed to sneak a draw from an unlikely situation. That should give him some confidence going into this Thursday’s game, but he comes up against a different beast in the shape of MVG.
Van Gerwen continues to tell us that he has a lot more to offer, and that’s a worrying thought for his opponents. He was disappointed with his performance against Lewis last week, despite averaging 106.28, and we could see Snakebite bare the brunt of that frustration. Back MVG (-3.5) in the Handicap market at odds of 11/10.
Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson
Despite MVG stealing the majority of the headlines this year, Dave Chsinall remains level on points with the Dutchman at the top of the Premier League table. And full credit to him for that. P
erhaps most impressive is the way that he has won matches when not at his best in the early part of the campaign.
Last week’s 7-4 win with a 107 average, against an opponent also playing to that same level, shows that he is now finding his best darts, and I can see an upset brewing here this Thursday.
Gary Anderson had his troubles on the doubles a fortnight ago against MVG and although he was able to put that behind him with a win against Wade last week, it was far from being an impressive victory.
Chizzy is available to back at odds of 5/2 here and that represents outstanding value to me.