Darts Premier League Week 7

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Published: 25/03/2014

DAVE CHISNALL v SIMON WHITLOCK, Thursday 20th March, 19:10

Week seven of the Premier League Darts heads to Leeds for the first time ever and the First Direct arena starts with this key relegation battle. Bookmakers make Chisnall the 5/4 (sportingbet) favourite as he looks to secure his first victory since the opening night. Chizzy has had a tough run of games as he has faced Wright, van Gerwen, Anderson, Taylor and Barney in the last five. He has never been disgraced in these performances and his three dart average has never gone below 92 and twice has peaked over 100. Whitlock meanwhile was poor against Peter Wright last week recording his five defeat from six games. The Australian is a 13/8 (BETVICTOR/william hill) chance and it is hard to side with him at this price. The Wizard is not hitting 180s at all and as such Chisnall in this market is the bet. RECOMMENDATION: Chisnall to hit most 180s, 4/7 (boylesports/SPREADEX)

ROBERT THORNTON V ADRIAN LEWIS, 20:00

Adrian Lewis came out on top last week against Gary Anderson though his three dart average was below 90 and he did not impress me. Jackpot is hard to work out from one week to the next so I can not get excited by him at 5/6 (william hill). Robert Thornton has drawn three of his seven games so far and been inconsistent so odds of 9/4 (GENERAL) on a victory offer no appeal to me. The bet instead then is to take on Lewis in the most 180s market as this not an area in his game that has been strong at the moment with just 2.66 maxiums per game. Thornton meanwhile is averaging 3.71 180s per game and is the outsider here.

RECOMMENDATION: Robert Thornton to hit the most 180s, 6/4 (betfred/BETVICTOR/paddy Power)

GARY ANDERSON V MICHAEL van GERWEN, 20:45

The third game of the evening sees second placed Michael van Gerwen up against fifth placed Gary Anderson with the Dutchman the 1/2 (GENERAL) favourite. Mighty Mike bounced back from a disappointing two game spell without a win with a comprehensive victory over Wes Newton last time out producing an impressive 105 three dart average. Anderson managed to lose a game to Lewis that he should have won and the Scot is 7/2 (GENERAL).

I will take the 6/5 (betway) that both players win at least five legs as the battling Scot has already taken at least five legs of Taylor and Lewis so far.

RECOMMENDATION: Both players to win at least five leg, 6/5 (betway)

WES NEWTON v PHIL TAYLOR, Thursday 20th March, 21:30

I would not be rushing to annouce that Phil Taylor is back despite that 7-5 victory over Dave Chisnall last week. Newton was blown away by van Gerwen last week despite scoring over 100 with his three dart average and he is a tempting 9/2 (sportingbet) to see off the Power. A safer way to play though is on the handicap market as you can get Newton with a 2.5 start at evens (BETVICTOR.

RECOMMENDATION: Newton +2.5 on Handicap, evens (BETVICTOR)

PETER WRIGHT V RAYMOND van BARENVELD, 22:15

The final game of the evening features league leader Peter Wright up against Raymond van Barneveld. Snakebite has had a dream start to the tournament and sits top with ten points and no defeat in his six games. Wright is 5/4 (SPORTINGBET) here for victory against Barney who is an 8/5 (william hill) shot. The Dutchman is unbeaten in four games and has drawn his last two. I think then the value could be in taking this game to finish all square.

RECOMMENDATION: DRAW between Wright and Barney, 4/1 (GENERAL)

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