Betway – Darts Premier League – Week 14 – 4th May 2017
It’s the penultimate week of the Betway Premier League Darts regular season. The Sheffield Arena will host what is sure to be another week of twists and turns in the best darting league on the planet. Night 14 will consist of only four match-ups rather than the usual five; as every player only has two matches remaining to reach the top four spots. The finals at the O2 arena are drawing ever closer meaning every leg in every match is now of huge significance. They can all still qualify for the prestigious finals night and write their names in the history books. However, before they have the chance to book their ticket at the O2 arena, they have this Thursday night to worry about.
Peter Wright vs Adrian Lewis
If current form was to decide the outcome of this match, then Adrian Lewis would be in all sorts of trouble. The Stoke-born darter has been in woeful form, having lost 7-4 to James Wade and 7-0 to Michael van Gerwen last week in his double-header. Whereas Peter Wright has been building on his impressive start to 2017 with a win over Phil Taylor last week. It’s hard to believe that Lewis will continue this uncharacteristic poor form, as he is capable of overcoming players like Peter Wright when he’s in the right mood. This should be the tightest match of the evening, the finest of margins could get either of these a result.
Skybet Total Legs – Over 10.5 Legs – 4/7
Raymond van Barneveld vs Dave Chisnall
Dave Chisnall is in delightful form, some would say the form of his career. After beating both Phil Taylor and Peter Wright in his double header two weeks ago, the St Helens born darter then drew 6-6 with Michael van Gerwen last week in Birmingham. There’s no doubt Chisnall is the best 180 hitter in the Premier League, if he can continue his improved form on the doubles there’s no reason why he can’t produce another surprise against van Barneveld. The Dutchman needs a win, having lost his last two matches against Anderson and van Gerwen. The match should see plenty of maximums, as Barney and Chizzy are the two highest 180 hitters this season. Chisnall has averaged 4.23 180’s per match and van Barneveld has averaged 3.85 180’s.
Skybet Match Action – Match to have over 7.5 180’s, Checkout to be over 121.5 and over 11.5 Total Legs –11/2
James Wade vs Gary Anderson
Both James Wade and Gary Anderson won last week in Birmingham against tough opposition. Wade beat difficult opposition in Adrian Lewis, to win 7-4 and keep him in the race for a top four spot. Anderson beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 in a delightful display of darting dominance. Anderson showcased the flair he often possesses; finishing the match with a three-dart average of 105.47. With both players top four fate hanging in the balance, Anderson should overwhelm the Englishmen with his power scoring and deadly finishing on the doubles.
Skybet Match Treble – Anderson to win the match, hit the outright highest checkout and score more 180’s than Wade – 13/8
Michael van Gerwen vs Phil Taylor
As darting fixtures go, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. The greatest to ever grace the darts board against the world number one. Phil Taylor has been out of sorts as of late, having lost last week to Peter Wright 7-3 in an abysmal performance for his standards. Michael van Gerwen will be looking to sustain his performance from his last outing; beating Adrian Lewis 7-0. These two always spur each other on to perform at the best of their ability when they face off so expect maximums and high checkouts from both.
Skybet Highest Checkout Score – Over 122.5 – 5/6