GLASGOW is the setting for the latest round of the Coral Premier League darts and it promises to be another thrilling night of action.
Home heroes Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton will as usual receive massive backing on Thursday night but the tartan hordes will also respect the likes of Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor.
Here are Milesey’s thoughts on the five ties.
Adrian Lewis v Andy Hamilton
Jackpot was written off by many and was looking an odds-on shot to be eliminated/relegated from the Premier League after nine weeks but he’s come back fighting just like an ex-world champion should. He’s unbeaten in three weeks and with five points he’s now confident, that’ll do for me. Lewis is one of those players who, when playing well, wins.
Hamilton is a tough cookie, we know that, but Adrian has the bit between his teeth and a win would put him within a few points of the play-offs positions.
Recommended Bet: Back Lewis to win @ 2.2
Simon Whitlock v Robert Thornton
This will be a tough game, both playing very steadily. If it comes down to going up a gear then Whitlock’s your man. Robert has been a revelation but sometimes seems a bit one-paced. He had a 109 average against Gary Anderson to buck that trend and if he produces that again he wins but I don’t think he will.
Recommended Bet: Back Whitlock to win 7-5 @ 8.5
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
Premier League history says Phil wins this and I’m not going to disagree. The Power hasn’t been playing at his best over the last few weeks, due to a darts change, but you just know the dip won’t last and there were signs last week he is starting to find his range again.
This match is all about Barney taking the chances that are presented to him. He’s more than capable but he sometimes lets Phil bully him. I think Taylor will dominate from the off, new darts or not.
Recommended Bet: Back Taylor to win 7-3 @ 7.5
Gary Anderson v West Newton
The home crowd will get on Wesley’s back, that’s a certainty. He sometimes gets a bit up tight when things are not going his way and this will be a massive test of character for him.
Gary is starting to play well and his double hitting is getting better week on week. I see this going one way and that’s Gary jumping on the fact Newton will be outside his comfort zone.
Recommended Bets: Back Anderson to win 7-4 @ 5.5, back Anderson most 180s @ 2.0
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
This will be a cracker. Wade is impressing again. He’s back to the form we have not seen for a year or so and he’s now a dangerous man to bet against, especially as you just know he’ll relish the challenge of playing the game’s most in-form player.
Van Gerwen can beat anyone on his day and his days are very often at the moment. I don’t often think MVG won’t win but Wade is a street fighter of a player who loves a tussle. Backing him with a 1.5 leg start seems reasonable.
Recommended Bet: Back Wade +1.5 legs @ 2.2