Thursday’s Premier League Darts 7 comes from Rotterdam in the Netherlands as the largely UK-focused tournament heads overseas for a week.
And Darts betting punters are already backing the Dutch players to perform in front of their home crowd.
The 2017 Premier League Darts table is shaping up nicely, with the world’s top four currently occupying the top four positions in the league. That was to be expected, while at the bottom Dutchman Jelle Klaasen and Belgium’s Kim Huybrechts scrap for points.
Will we see an upset in Rotterdam this week? Or will the big boys continue to dominate as we near the end of Phase 1? Let’s take a look at all five matches in Premier League Darts 7.
James Wade v Jelle Klaasen
Alphen-born Klaasen kicks off the evening in a must-win match against James Wade. Wade has slipped back since his blistering start to this league campaign and sits fifth in the table — a point off Phil Taylor in fourth. Klaasen’s one victory so far came against Dave Chisnall (7-3) back in February and the 32-year-old could spring a surprise here. He is 2.90 to beat Wade despite a grossly inferior career record against the Englishman. Recent results give Klaasen hope, however. He has beaten Wade in two of their last four meetings.
Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall
It’s starting to feel as though this could be Peter Wright’s year in the Premier League Darts. Wright has never won a major title despite being ranked third in the world. But he sits top of the table here and is surely on course for a playoff spot come the summer. Wright has a losing record against Chisnall (8-1-11) and lost to the Englishman twice in 2016. However, he won their Premier League Darts clash 7-5 last year and don’t be surprised if another close tie goes the way of the Scot. Wright is 1.57 to win and a good shout for any combination bet.
Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson
The Dutch crowd will get behind Raymond van Barneveld here and don’t be surprised if the darts betting odds are way out at 3.75. Gary Anderson may be the better darts player but Barney’s home crowd influence could even the odds. And he’ll need every fan inside the Ahoy Arena to be on his side. Anderson has won his last 11 matches against Barney, including a 7-3 victory in the 2016 Premier League Darts. The head backs Anderson at 1.67, the heart years for a Barney win.
Phil Taylor v Michael van Gerwen
This is the show stopping match of the night, with darts’ two biggest names coming face to face on the oche. Van Gerwen has one point more than Taylor in the 2017 Premier League Darts table and has even played one game fewer than the Englishman. He recovered from a back injury in Round 5 to post a 7-5 win over Huybrechts last week, which was closer than many people expected. Maybe the injury has not gone away. Taylor will certainly hope Van Gerwen is not 100% in Rotterdam and is seeking a fourth straight win over the Dutchman. Taylor is 6.00 to win here — a great bet considering the odds!
Kim Hubrechts v Adrian Lewis
Like Klaasen, Huybrechts is desperate for a win in order to climb out of the Premier League Darts’ bottom two places. He can drag eighth-place Adrian Lewis into the mix with victory in Holland and a spirited effort in his loss to Van Gerwen last week will give the Belgian hope. Huybrechts has lost nine of his last 11 matches against Lewis, however, and is 1.83 to lose here. Yet with Lewis also underperforming in the Premier League Darts 2017, a draw at 4.50 may be a better bet.