Its Premier League darts from Aberdeen with Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis, Wed Newton Van Barneveld, Gary Anderson Simon Whitlock odds available from Paddy Power, who report a bumper turnover on all the action from the AECC Arena.
You can guarantee there won’t be much loved lost on Valentine’s Day in Aberdeen as week two of the Premier League Darts rolls into town.
Week one certainly lived up to its billing in Belfast as the Northern Irish crowd were treated to some blockbuster darts in the new Premier League format. The players relished the new quick-fire format of playing 12 legs with no interruption.
This was done to introduce another match into the night’s schedule as for the first time in Premier League history 10 players are involved rather than eight.
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Phil Taylor claimed the final two legs to deny Michael van Gerwen victory in a pulsating 6-6 draw whilst there were wins for Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade.
There are five more games for punters to get stuck into on Thursday evening with World Champion Taylor and former champ Adrian Lewis going head-to-head in the feature match. Judging by recent form, there is only one way this match is going, and that’s the way of Taylor.
The 16-time World ruler started slowly against Michael van Gerwen last week before romping back to draw 6-6 and he has admitted that he may be suffering a bit of a hangover from his duties as World Champion.
He hasn’t been able to practice as much as he would have liked and it showed against Van Gerwen, but he still managed to leave with a draw – it just shows the talent of the man. But his dip in form, if you can call it that, is nothing compared to the state of Lewis’ game currently.
He was blown away 7-3 by Whitlock last week after playing appallingly in the World Cup of Darts the previous week.
On the form-book the 4/7 with 888Sport.com for a Taylor win looks banker material but you never know what Lewis is going to turn up in the Premier League and he will have his supporters at 4/1 with Paddy Power to reverse his recent slump in form with a win.
This looks a risky match to punt on.
Best bet of the night material looks to be with a revitalised Wade to beat Andy Hamilton at a best-priced 6/5 with Ladbrokes.
This is Hamilton second year in the Premier League after impressing last season but he looked very shaky in his 7-5 defeat to Robert Thornton in Belfast. Thornton came into the match in woeful form and managed to grind out a result against a player who is famed for scrappy victories.
That defeat shows signs that all might not be well with Hamilton’s mentality and he will need to be at his best to trouble Wade, who had a comfortable 7-4 victory over debutant Wes Newton last week.
He made the semi-finals at the Worlds over Christmas and finally looks to have found consistency in his game. Hamilton will probably go down fighting due to his style of play but Wade looks to be in the mood for continue his winning streak.
Wade to win 7-5 at 5/1 with BetVictor looks a decent punt as does the match to produce more than five 180’s at Evens with Ladbrokes.
Whitlock takes on Gary Anderson in what is likely to be a high scoring affair, and one in which the Flying Scotsman can fight to victory at 8/5 with Bet365. Whitlock fans can get 6/5 with Coral on their man continuing where he left off in last week’s demolition job on Lewis.
Newton may find it difficult to stop Van Barneveld, who can be backed at 4/6 with Bet365 whilst Van Gerwen should atone for his late slip up against Taylor last week by thrashing Thornton.
You can get 1/2 on Mighty Mike delivering the goods but taking him on the handicap with a -2.5 leg line looks a good playa at Evens with Paddy Power.