The 2015 Premier League kicks off in Leeds, with Phil Taylor meeting Gary Anderson in the opener
ACCUMULATOR TIP: Chisnall, Van Barneveld and Van Gerwen to win @ 9/1 with betway
Thursday nights just got a whole lot better! The best ten darts players in the world are ready to battle it out over the next few weeks in what should be the most hotly-contested Premier League ever.
We’re tipping a treble for the action in Leeds, with Raymond van Barneveld looking a particularly big price considering the Dutchman is the defending champion.
Here is our verdict and predictions on the five matches:
Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright
Chizzy produced two outstanding performances in the recent Unibet Masters, with the Englishman averaging 108 when losing to Van Gerwen and he could have the edge over Wright in this curtain-raiser.
Wright lost out to Adrian Lewis in the quarter finals although his averages were noticeably lower and he doesn’t quite look the threat of a year ago.
CORRECT SCORE: Chisnall to win 7-5
Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis
Barney is a big price to beat Jackpot, with the reigning champion having beaten Terry Jenkins and Gary Anderson en route to the recent Masters final.
Lewis inexplicably lost to Barney in the World Championship although we know that the lad from Stoke blows hot and cold and it’s worth opposing him here.
CORRECT SCORE: Barney to win 7-4
Kim Huybrechts v Michael van Gerwen
Huybrechts makes his Premier League bow and his opponent couldn’t be tougher, with Van Gerwen looking to continue a rich vein of form which saw him claim the Masters title a few days ago.
MVG beat Barney, Lewis and Chizzy to claim his prize and his Belgian opponent might take a few weeks to find his feet in a format which will be new and somewhat daunting for him.
CORRECT SCORE: MVG to win 7-2
Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor
Tough one to call, with the two World Championship finalists meeting and it could end up finishing all square. Anderson will be very strong on his throw thanks to power scoring although Taylor is still a hardy competitor.
The Power will draw on plenty of support in Leeds and we know that the Flying Scotsman has a tendency to wobble on the doubles when it gets hot on the oche.
CORRECT SCORE: Draw
Stephen Bunting v James Wade
It will be interesting to see how the Bird Man takes to the Premier League although Bunting comfortably beat Wade in the World Championship and looks to be on an upward trajectory.
Wade has previously won this competition although he’s hit and miss – certainly not someone to rely upon when it comes to accumulator bets at the moment.
CORRECT SCORE: Bunting to win 7-5