Premier League Darts continues with James Wade Adrian Lewis, Barneveld Van Gerwen, Whitlock Phil Taylor as William Hill release odds & free bets on all the action from the oche.
There is punting action aplenty as week three of the Premier League rocks into Bournemouth.
Although just two weeks in to the darting extravaganza, temperatures are rising as the threat of relegation in this new format will raise the pressure on the likes of Adrian Lewis and Wes Newton, both winless thus far.
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Two players are eliminated after week nine; therefore the two big throwers will have to get their act together soon.
For Lewis in particular, week three’s game against James Wade is verging on the must-win. They lock horns in the opening game in Bournemouth tonight, with Lewis slight favourite to triumph over the 12-leg format.
He can be backed at a best-priced 6/5 with Paddy Power, whilst Wade, who has won one and lost one so far this season in the Premier League, looks a rather tempting looking 7/4 with BetVictor. The World Championship semi-finalist was very sloppy last week when being beaten by Andy Hamilton, but he still managed to hit 44 per cent of his doubles.
That strong average could quickly blow an out of sorts Lewis away, who has lost 7-3 in both of his matches thus far – a Wade 7-3 win can be backed at 12/1 with BetVictor.
Perhaps the headline match of the night is the clash between Dutch duo, Michael Van Gerwen and Raymond Van Barneveld.
Both players are furiously fast at the oche and the game will flow at a lightning speed.
World Championship runner-up Van Gerwen, despite drawing his first two Premier League matches, is favourite for the clash at a best-priced 13/10 with Paddy Power whilst two from two Van Barneveld is proving a popular selection at 6/4 with Bet365.
It’s not surprise to see the money come in for Barneveld as he has looked at the top of his game in his wins against Gary Anderson and Newton, and he is relishing the speedy format.
A wager on Barney wouldn’t be the worst bet in the world, but instead of concentrating on the win market in a potentially trappy heat, backing the two big scoring players to fire in plenty of 180’s looks a far better value selection.
The bookmakers have set the line at 6.5 in the over/under 180 market, and over certainly looks a runner at 5/6 with Ladbrokes. These two will feed off each other’s big scoring and could lay on a bit of a show for the punters.
Phil Taylor has yet to peak in this competition yet, but the 15/8 ante-post favourite with BetVictor, has won both his matches and seemed to finding the right darts at the tail-end of his 7-3 win over Lewis last week.
Taylor takes on Simon Whitlock in Bournemouth, with the Aussie raider looking to bounce back after throwing away a healthy lead to lose 7-5 against Anderson last week.
He is normally quite a consistent player so that shouldn’t worry his followers too much, although he will need to be arrow-perfect to trouble Taylor, who has been well backed with Bet365 to win a 2/5. Whitlock is available at 9/2 with the same firm.
Much like Lewis, Newton really need to find his best form in Bournemouth. He takes on the unbeaten Robert Thornton, who has been the success story of this season’s Premier League in his debut year.
He played magnificently to draw 6-6 with Van Gerwen last week, but he has the tendencies to slip up in matches he’s supposed to win.
The 7/4 on Newton grabbing his first win of the competition looks a generous price, considering he averaged 94 against a rampant Van Barneveld last week.