Record breaking MVG can only get better
And he's part of our 5-leg Thursday night accumulator
Exeter. We couldn’t tell you where it is on a map, and we can’t tell you a lot else, bar the fact that Chris Martin’s from there. But we do know that the Premier League of Darts has been going there a long long time, and it makes it’s 2016 stop in the home of the Grecians on Thursday evening.
Phil Taylor used to dominate this fixture, but has had a tricky couple of seasons against his former protoge, which has seen Lewis jump ahead of the Power in the world rankings. They’ve both had solid starts to the league in 2016, with both sitting joint second behind Peter Wright. Both were also taken all the way in Aberdeen, with Lewis beating James Wade 7-5, Taylor toppling Chizzy by the same scoreline. Over 6.5 180’s at 8/11 is my tip for this one, particularly as Lewis loves hitting them.
As mentioned above, these two were on the wrong end of last leg defeats in Scotland last Thursday, and the pair of them will look to ease any relegation nerves this week. The problem is, they’re very similar players. Both of them are remarkably consistent scorers with the odd high checkout. The one main difference is that Chizzy’s still on the hunt for a first major, while Wade has seven in his trophy cabinet. Too close to split so back the draw at 7/2
There’s a reason Rob Thornton is 9/2 to win this match. Four weeks into the tournament and he’s only got one point, which came last week against Wright. He’s got the worst average, the least amount of legs won and just 4 180’s in four weeks. Gary Anderson has the same number of games played, but is averaging 15 points more. That explains why I’m tipping an Anderson hat trick at 15/8
Michael Smith vs Raymond Van Barneveld
Michael Smith is worse than Robert Thornton. Raymond Van Barneveld is a five time champion of the world, and a Premier League winner. His checkout percentage of 46.81 has him sitting just outside the top four, but Barney’s always had the same problem. If his head drops, then his opponent could walk all over him. I don’t think Michael Smith will be able to, back Barney at evens.
Michael Van Gerwen vs Peter Wright
In case you missed it, Michael Van Gerwen broke a world record last week, averaging 123.5. That means every time he threw, he hit at least two treble twenties. Think of the way you throw when you’ve had a couple down the pub. Now imagine trying to keep up with MVG. That’s the unenviable task that awaits Peter Wright this week, but Wright loves playing the Dutchman because it tends to bring out his best game. A win on Thursday would put Snakebite clear at the top. Back the high checkout to be over 118.5 at 5/6