Premier League Darts 2 gets underway in Nottingham on Thursday and title favourite Michael van Gerwen has already had a scare.
Darts betting fans were shocked when Gary Anderson upset the odds to draw 6-6 with Van Gerwen in Premier League Darts 1.
It means Phil Taylor currently sits top of the league table, followed by Peter Wright. Van Gerwen (5th) sits one place above Anderson due to a better average.
So who will win their games this week and can Van Gerwen bounce back? Let’s take a look at the Premier League Darts 2 matches.
Premier League Darts 2 fixtures
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
Lewis is a slim 2.15 favourite to win this match but didn’t start his league campaign well, with a 7-5 defeat to Raymond van Barneveld last week. Even worse for Lewis, he has a W10 L14 record against Chisnall and has lost each of their last four meetings. Chisnall lost 7-3 to Phil Taylor last week and his average was worse than Lewis’. However, recent head-to-head form suggests Chisnall may pinch this at 2.70.
James Wade v Phil Taylor
Taylor has beaten Wade a staggering 50 times in his career. But he is susceptible to the 33-year-old. Wade beat Taylor twice in 2016 — both times in Masters events — but in the Premier League Taylor edges his opponent 7-1 and 7-4. In fact, the last time Wade avoided defeat to Taylor in Premier League Darts was in 2013 when they drew 6-6. Taylor is 1.80 to win and a solid bet at that.
Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson
Scotland’s Anderson will have been delighted to have avoided defeat to Van Gerwen last week and will now be looking to kick on.
Anderson has won 12 of his 18 matches against Klaasen and has not lost to the Dutchman since 2013. Klaasen gave a spirited effort in his 7-4 loss to Peter Wright last week but is 1.36 to lose here.
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
The rise of Van Gerwen is one of the reasons Wright — ranked third in the world — has never won a PDC premier event. Wright is a superb darts player but there seems to be a hex over him when it comes to challenging Taylor, Anderson and Van Gerwen for the top trophies. He lost the 2014 World Darts Championship final — his only appearance on that particular stage — and his best finish in the Premier League has been fifth in 2014 and 2016.
Van Gerwen, meanwhile, has enjoyed a blistering two years on the circuit and is favourite to win the Premier League. He is unbeaten in 33 matches and 1.35 to beat Wright.
Kim Huybrechts v Raymond van Barneveld
Van Barneveld pulled off the second-biggest shock of last week when he beat Lewis convincingly. The Dutchman enjoys the odd flurry of results but unfortunately consistency keeps him away from the top two or three in the world. He is 1.67 to beat Huybrechts but this could actually be a close one.
Huybrechts actually averaged higher than Van Barneveld and Wade in Premier League Darts 1 but the Belgian still lost to Wade. Huybrechts actually played really good darts and should have beaten the Englishman. But it is at those clinical stages where the real darts player comes into his own.
Maybe avoid betting on this last match. Neither man is consistent enough and even when they are playing well they can lose.