Michael van Gerwen plays twice in Premier League Darts 13 in Birmingham on Thursday.
Dutchman Van Gerwen has set the Premier League of Darts alight this season and sits handsomely at the top of the table.
But the World No 1 has proven fallible when he plays twice on the night. In Week 8 he lost 7-5 to Raymond van Barneveld in the last match in Manchester, having beaten James Wade 7-4 earlier in the day.
Can Van Gerwen secure a double win in Birmingham? Bet on him at 1.60 (combination bet only) to do so.
Premier League Darts 13 Fixtures
James Wade v Adrian Lewis
This clash towards the bottom of the table is a crucial one for Adrian Lewis if he is to grab a semi-final spot in the Premier League. Lewis is one point off fourth-place Gary Anderson, while Wade’s slide down the table continued last week with a 7-3 loss to Peter Wright.
Wade beat Lewis 7-4 in Week 3 but don’t expect the former to be so lucky again. Wade has failed to throw a +94 average in any of his last four Premier League matches. That just isn’t good enough to protect your own legs over a 12-leg match. Lewis will break and should win at 1.83.
Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen
This is Van Gerwen’s first test of the night and, to be frank, it should be very straightforward. Chisnall lost 7-1 to Van Gerwen at the end of March. That was despite averaging over 100 and throwing five 180s in the match. Van Gerwen should have no problem here. Even if Chisnall matches the Dutchman, it is Van Gerwen’s exceptional checkout rate of 42.7% that often makes the difference. He is 1.23 to win.
Phil Taylor v Peter Wright
Phil Taylor is two points behind second-place Wright in the Premier League table and has had a statistically inferior tournament. Wright beats Taylor on highest checkout, averages, 180s and 140. He has won 15 more legs than he’s lost, compared to Taylor’s narrow five, and crucially boasts more wins.
However, Taylor remains a class act and his superior checkout percentage (40.1% to 37.8%) tells its own story. When Taylor is in position he can strike. Darts betting fans must consider whether or not the record-breaking world champion will be on his game tonight. Taylor beat Gary Anderson but lost to Chisnall in a double header last week. He is vulnerable but did beat Wright 7-5 back in Week 8. A repeat score is priced at 11.00.
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Anderson remains the second-best player in the Premier League when it comes to averages. He is almost always consistently over the 102 mark for three darts but his checkouts are letting him down. And it is causing the Scot to publish freak results. A 7-2 thrashing of Wright two weeks ago was followed up by the 7-4 loss to Taylor. Anderson just can’t find that consistency and that’s why he is vulnerable to dropping out of the top four.
Van Barneveld, meanwhile, has been just as inconsistent this season. After a flurry of five victories on the bounce, the Dutchman has lost his last two games. But with Anderson in such odd form and Van Barneveld ready to surprise, a price of 3.50 on the Dutchman to win is very tempting indeed.
Adrian Lewis v Michael van Gerwen
Lewis comes into this match off the back of the Wade clash, which is first up in Birmingham on Thursday. For both men Thursday night is a double header but for Lewis it also signifies one of his best chances of getting a win over Van Gerwen. Phil Taylor showed last week just how damning a second Premier League match in a night can turn out to be. He was stumped 7-2 by Chisnall, who had beaten Lewis 7-3 earlier in the evening.
Van Gerwen is of course favourite at 1.30 to win this match. But Lewis at 7.00 is a great bet at those odds. Van Gerwen is not invincible and Lewis will have had more time to rest from his first stint on the oche. He’s worth a shot at that price.