The 2017 Premier League of Darts enters Phase 2 this week as the number of players is cut to eight.
Michael van Gerwen is the betting favourite at 1.50 to win the Premier League but the pressure is on the Dutchman to perform.
He sits top of the table with six rounds still to play before the playoffs in London. First up in Phase 2 for Van Gerwen is James Wade, who has plummeted down the table after a strong start to the campaign.
Let's take a look at all four darts matches taking place in Dublin, and where the best darts bets and tips are to be found.
James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
Wade lost 7-4 to Van Gerwen in Phase 1 two weeks ago — but the Englishman didn’t play badly. Wade matched his opponent until 4-4, when Van Gerwen took hold of the reins and dominated. Wade still threw a +100 average, which is strong. But Van Gerwen was always going to win and 1.15 to take the victory here. If those odds are too slim for you then how about 2.38 for over 10.5 legs.
Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor
What a cracker this should be! The two old rivals back together on the oche. Phil Taylor beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 when these two met in Leeds in February — and Taylor will admit he may have got lucky there. He broke the Barney leg when he needed to and that got him the maximum points.
This week it could be very different. Dutchman Van Barneveld comes into this match having wiped the floor with Wade last week. He isn't the powerhouse he once was but he has found his eye in the Premier League this season. This match could be too close to call. So a draw at 4.33 may be the best bet.
Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright
It’s been a tough campaign for Dave Chisnall so far in the Premier League. He narrowly avoided the cut last week and was humiliated in a 7-1 loss to Van Gerwen. That was despite throwing a +100 average. It was a staggering performance by Van Gerwen, who hit his doubles at almost every opportunity. Chisnall won’t suffer the same humiliation against Peter Wright on Thursday. But Wright is keeping apace with Van Gerwen at the top of the table and wants to stay there. He is 1.53 to win and a good bet on a combination bet.
Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson is another man who has had a mixed campaign in the Premier League. The 2016 World Darts Championship finalist and two-time winner really should be up there with Van Gerwen. Instead, Anderson could be leapfrogged by Adrian Lewis if he loses heavily.
Not that that’s likely to happen. Anderson cruised past Lewis 7-3 last week, averaging 107.13 and throwing five 180s. It was a staggering night for the Scot and he is rightly 1.57 to repeat that victory.
James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
To ensure there are five matches with the reduced player numbers, Wade and Barney will play their second match of Phase 2 at the end of Thursday evening. Barney is 1.70 to beat Wade but we have seen in the past that playing twice in one night can ruin a player’s consistency. This could well be closer than other darts betting tipsters would suggest. Wade to win at 4.00 is probably the best long-shot of the night.