Bookies.com highlight five tips worth a flutter on Night Two of the Premier League Darts in Newcastle
After what was an atmospheric opening evening full of surprises in Leeds, Premier League Darts returns for an eagerly-awaited Night Two in Newcastle at the Metro Radio Arena.
With so many plum duels, including world champion Gary Anderson’s encounter with world number one Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis’ tussle with Dave Chisnall, bookies.com present punters with five tasty tips for Thursday’s action…
Michael Smith v Robert Thornton – Bully Boy to be leader after four legs
This clash could prove crucial for the winner, as fresh face Smith and Premier League returnee Thornton both struggled last time out.
Though, The Thorn’s whitewashing by Chizzy will have been a far bigger blow than Bully Boy’s baptism of fire as he was forced to play two games on his competition debut due to Anderson’s illness. Back the young Englishman, who has won three in a row versus Thornton, to bounce back hardest at 13/8 by Betfair to be in the lead after four legs.
Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright – Barney to beat Snakebite
This duel should be a darting delight, as Sky Sports wildcard Van Barneveld battles PDC pick Wright, with the Dutchman a best market price of 37/19 from 888.com for victory.
Crowd favourite Barney leads the head-to-head history in this match-up by 7-3, while he also posted a tremendous average of 103.60 as he thumped old foe Phil Taylor in Leeds.
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall – Chizzy for match treble
This clash was always going to be close to call, and the odds follow accordingly, but Sky Bet’s match treble at 13/2 offers Chisnall to win, hit the most maximums and score the highest checkout.
Chizzy has been in tremendous form of late, and was throwing arrows for fun last time out as he thrashed Thornton 7-0 to top off a fantastic few weeks in which he also reached The Masters final.
A renowned maximums man with a 10-9 record against Lewis, which includes a triumph in the 2015 Premier League, makes this treble more than tempting.
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen – Mighty Mike to grab most maximums
Understandably this darting dust-up will be one most fans are waiting for, though these two titans are starting from scratch in their Northeast encounter.
Imperious Anderson missed his opener against Jackpot due to illness but is tipped to return for Night Two, where he faces a tough tussle with lethal Van Gerwen. The Dutch giant began with a bang in Yorkshire against James Wade before somehow slipping to leave Leeds with nil points.
However, the recent Masters winner has a tendency to rebound viciously after a loss, so his odds of 6/5 to clock up most 180s with Coral are more than generous. Anderson beware the wounded lion.
James Wade v Phil Taylor – Wade to wrap up highest checkout
Wade could not have asked for a better start to the Premier League than scalping Van Gerwen, as he pounced on all the Dutchman’s mistakes and proved potent on doubles.
Meanwhile, Taylor appears to be in free-fall after being beaten by long-standing rival Van Barneveld. With Wade in-form and able to capitalise on any missed finishes, he could easily score the highest checkout here, with both Coral and Betfred offering 6/5 for this to occur.