Darts Premier League Week 8

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Published: 27/03/2014

GARY ANDERSON v WES NEWTON, Thursday 27th Match, 19:15, Sky Sports

Week eight of the Darts premier League takes place from Dublin and it is a big week for most players though none more so than Wes Newton who is pulling double duty. First up for Av it is a battle with the Scotsman Gary Anderson and Newton is the 11/4 (boylesports) outsider after two straight 7-1 defeats.

Anderson is the 3/4 (betway/YOU WIN) favourite for the game despite losing his last two games, though the Scot was respectable in 7-5 defeats to van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis and looked in excellent form when winning a Players event at the weekend.

The bet is to take both players to win five legs as has happened in last three Anderson games.

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

ADRIAN LEWIS v DAVE CHISNALL, 20:00

Adrian Lewis sits in the fourth play-off slot though he will have to start looking over his shoulder at the form of Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson. Jackpot is 4/5 (888 SPORT/william hill/unibet) to see off Lethal Chizzy in the second match of the evening and I thought he was lucky to get a point against Thornton and as such will not be rushing to back him at this short price.

Chisnall meanwhile is without a victory since the first week though like Lewis he has also drawn two of his last three and is 5/2 (GENERAL) to come out on top. I would recommend an interest in the most 180s market where Chisnall is the value as he has hit 36 maximums so far, nine more than any other player in the Premier League this season.

RECOMMENDATION: Chisnall to hit the most 180s, 23/20 (boylesports)

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN v PETER WRIGHT, 20:40

The big game of the evening is the battle between the top two in the table who have just one loss combined between the pair from 14 games so far. It is Mighty Mike who is the bookmakers favourite for the game at 4/7 (BOYLESPORTS/STAN JAMES). The Dutchman saw off Wright in the World Championship final and has thrown over 100 in the last two week.

Wright though is still unbeaten in this campaign and will be hungry for revenge following his defeat at Alexandra Palace. Snakebite drew with Barney last week and it is 5/1 (888 SPORT/unibet) another draw while Wright to come out on top is 10/3 (GENERAL).

Wright has gone over 97.5 in five of his seven games so far and three dart average to go over 97.5 looks the way to play this as he will be sure to raise his game for the big battle.

RECOMMENDATION: Wright, 3 dart average over 97.5, 5/6 (paddy Power)

PHIL TAYLOR v RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD, 21:20

When it comes to battles between these two it is the Power who has been dominant with the Dutchman not beating Taylor on TV since 2007. This coupled with Taylor hitting a tremendous 106 in defeating Newton 7-1 last weekend and a win in a Players event last weekend means Taylor might be a popular bet at odds of 11/20 (BETWAY/BWIN).

Barney has been excellent this season though and sits in third with just one defeat from his seven games. If the Dutchman is ever to beat his old rival then this might be his best chance and he can be backed at 7/2 (BOYLESPORTS) while the draw is 5/1 (GENERAL).

The safest bet of the match is to take van Barneveld in the 180s market as he has a much better checkout rate of the maximums than Taylor.

RECOMMENDATION: van Barneveld to hit the most 180s, 11/10 (STAN JAMES)

WES NEWTON v SIMON WHITLOCK, 22:00

Following an absence a few weeks ago through illness Wes Newton will be pulling double duty and a lot about this game depends on how he does against Gary Anderson in the opener.

Newton is the 5/4 (BOYLESPORTS) favourite though illness and fatigue mean this is not a price I will be rushing to get involved with. Simon Whitlock has shown signs of life in recent weeks as he registered a first victory three weeks ago before going down to Peter Wright a fortnight ago and then battling out a draw with Dave Chisnall last weekend. I think the Wizard could be value to get something here against a tired Newton and perhaps a disappointed Av It if he loses his opener against Gary Anderson as I expect he will do. A poor leg differential means this is a must win for Whitlock and the calm Australian has the mentality to handle the pressure situation.

RECOMMENDATION: Simon Whitlock to win the match, 13/8 (SKYBET)


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