I broke even last week with my edge accumulator as Gary and Michael drew, so I got my money back. I will be having another go this week, but only a treble this time and I am reviewing each match.
Week two of the Premier League takes us to the Motor Point Arena in Nottingham where both MvG and Gary Anderson will be looking to win their first Premier League match this year.
I quite like the look of all the favourites to win on Thursday night and a win accumulator pays out at 12/1, but if only it was that easy!
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall (7.15pm)
Dave has beaten Adrian in their last four meetings but as Dave’s double hitting has been questionable in his last few tournaments, I will leave all win markets well alone.
Adrian Lewis being touted as a heavy 180 hitter is one of the biggest myths in darts as far as I am concerned and I will be taking him on here. Dave Chisnall was leading on the 180s front in last years Premier League near the end and I am not 100% sure if he got the most 180s or not, but I think he did.
Dave got the most 180s last week of five compared Adrian’s three.
Backing players to get the most 180s in Premier League is a mugs game as the format is way too short, so the possibilities of getting draws is quite high. Last week 50% of the players managed three 180s.
8/11 is available with Powers for Dave to get the most 180s but I prefer to cover more bases by laying Lewis instead as laying means not to win so you win if it ends a draw!
James Wade v Phil Taylor (8pm)
James may well be plodding along with mid ninety averages but he has a good record over MvG but not against Phil Taylor. James last beat Phil in the Premier League way back in 2009!
But after Michael van Gerwen’s recent comments saying that Phil should have retired a couple of years ago here, I am expecting Phil to come out all guns blazing, letting everyone know that he is still a force to be reckoned with!
Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson (8.45pm)
Gary beat Jelle 6:3 in the UK Open qualifiers at the weekend which makes it eight wins in a row for Gary over Jelle. I am expecting another routine win for the Scotsman on Thursday night.
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen (9.30pm)
Peter played really well over the weekend by winning Sunday’s final 6:5 in the UK Open qualifiers against Michael Smith and he also beat MvG 6:5 along the way too!
But Michael has a serious record over Peter on the big stage and has beaten him in their last twelve matches if you ignore qualifiers and European Tour events.
Michael will be playing with a point to prove and will want repay Peter for the weekend
Kim Huybrechts v Raymond van Barneveld (10.15pm)
I generally won’t get involved in a Barney match as he is too inconsistent, so no bet for me in the final match of the night.
Lay Lewis To Get The Most 180s
3.50 (5/2) Estimated Price
Edge Win Treble*
7/10 (1.71) Betfair Sportsbook
* The straight win pays the best at 5/2 (3.53) with 188 Bet and 9/4 (3.11) with Betfair Sportsbook. But by opting for Betfair’s edge treble it means that I get my money back if one leg lets me down and I get a lesser price for that added bit of cover at 7/10 (1.71).
Taylor to beat Wade is best priced at 5/6 (1.83) so I can see that the Edge treble may look like poor value to most punters. But I will double my stake to two points and as I think that Anderson and MvG are bankers to win I am kind of getting a free bet on Taylor.