Michael van Gerwen returned to winning form last week with a 7-3 triumph over Scotland’s Peter Wright at Premier League Darts 2.
This Thursday Van Gerwen and the world’s best 10 darts players get together for Premier League Darts 3 in Leeds. And it promises to be another cracker!
Darts betting fans have already sided heavily with Van Gerwen to beat his compatriot Jelle Klaasen. And well they might. Van Gerwen has a 66% winning record over Klaasen and has won their last eight encounters.
Premier League Darts table
The table is starting to pad out now after two rounds. No one has won both of their games, which shows just how competitive this league is. Phil Taylor (1st), Van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade all have three points from two matches. Then comes Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright on two points. Belgian Kim Huybrechts has one point, with Klaasen and Dave Chisnall yet to record even a draw.
Premier League Darts 3 betting
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
This top-of-the-bill clash is likely to get darts punters excited, as we could have a 12-legger here in Leeds on Thursday. The world’s numbers two and three go head to head on the oche and Anderson is 1.57 to win. That is a minuscule price considering these guys drew their last Premier League encounter 6-6.
Darts betting tipsters are backing the long game here. Last year their two Premier League matches went to 12 legs, while it also happened in 2014. A price of 2.30 on +11.5 legs is a good shout here.
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
James Wade is already well in his stride this tournament and should have beaten a below-par Phil Taylor in Nottingham last week. Wade scraped to a 6-6 draw with Taylor, who threw a miserly 92.07 average. Adrian Lewis, meanwhile, sauntered past Dave Chisnall 7-2 to recover from his loss to Raymond van Barneveld the week before.
This is a tricky match-up and history backs Lewis to win at 2.30. But Wade at 2.50 is also not a bad shout. Maybe the draw at 4.33 is the way to go here.
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
The two rivals — champions of the pre-Van Gerwen age — face up on the oche in Leeds and for Taylor this is a chance to flex his muscles in the year he has announced his semi-retirement. Taylor boasts a W56 D4 L17 record over Van Barneveld. He edged the Dutchman in the Premier League last year but lost 5-3 in the World Darts Championships in late December.
Taylor and Van Barneveld have met 25 times in the Premier League Darts. Taylor has won 17 of those matches, with four draws and four defeats. However, he has won just one of their last seven Premier League Darts encounters. Backing Van Barneveld to win at 2.65 suddenly doesn’t seem like a bad shout.
Michael van Gerwen v Jelle Klaasen
This is surely the banker in any sport combination bet you’re making this week. Van Gerwen has form against Klaasen and is throwing as well as he ever has done. He is 1.15 to win and should be backed all the way. In fact, Van Gerwen winning 7-3 at 5.50 is not a bad shout.
Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts
Premier League Darts sees two men relegated after nine rounds, so keeping your head above water is vital in these early rounds. Both Dave Chisnall and Kim Huybrechts face the prospect of relegation. If this was football it would be described as a ‘six pointer’!
Chisnall and Huybrechts have met 15 times and the English has won 11 of those encounters. That includes the Premier League in 2015 when Chisnall won 7-4. He’s worth backing at 6.00 to repeat that scoreline.