IT’S the penultimate week of Premier League action before Judgement Night will see the bottom two plummet through the relegation trapdoor.
Raymond van Barneveld played a blinder last Thursday to stun Phil Taylor in one of the all-time classic matches but still has plenty of work to do to avoid the drop – and the bad news is he’s up against fellow Dutchman Michael van Gerwen tonight.
MVG added the Gibraltar Darts Trophy to his 2015 glory haul at the weekend and remains unbeaten in this season’s Premier League. He lost to Barney in last season’s final but can get revenge tonight and is 8-15 at Boylesports for the win.
Kim Huybrechts props up the table and his relegation fate could even be sealed tonight if results go against him. He takes on Taylor who is still smarting from last week’s defeat to Barney in which his figures of 115.8 is the highest losing average in TV history.
Huybrechts will have to come out firing in an attempt to save his skin and his capable of hitting plenty maximums. He has hit over 2.5 180s in four of his last five Premier League matches and is 4-6 at William Hill to do so again.
Peter Wright is also in the thick of the relegation battle and has drawn four of his last five, winning the other. We faces James Wade tonight and I fancy another tight battle, with over 11.5 legs paying 5-4 at Skybet.
Adrian Lewis needs a win over Dave Chisnall to ease his drop worries and while Chizzy should be too strong I’m steering clear because Lewis is too unpredicatble – when I back him to lose he plays a blinder and when I back him to win he has a stinker. A bet on the maximums looks the shout for this tussle of two big hitters.
In the night’s other match Gary Anderson can see off Stephen Bunting and the Flying Scotsman is 4-6 at Stan James.
Other Thursday sporting highlights include the likes of Miami Masters tennis, Tour Championship snooker and Super League rugby so let’s hear your tips and chat.
Scott’s darts treble
Huybrechts over 2.5 180s
Wright v Wade over 11.5 legs
Mr Fixit’s darts double
Anderson to beat Bunting
Taylor to beat Hybrechts
(13-10, Paddy Power)