I feel the compilers are a little unfair on Robert Thornton at just 3/10 for relegation at month 9. This is partially around the tonking he suffered to the hands of Dave Chisnall after his unlikely loss from 9-1 down to lose 10-9 the weekend before.
Thornton was absent last weekend with the flu and I saw on Twitter that some comments revolved around him not living the week before down and shying off. Well Thornton fans, at the time of writing he will be back on Thursday and after missing the opening European Tour event last weekend suggests to the contrary of online comments.
This week fixtures:
- Peter Wright Vs James Wade – 10/9 – 15/4 – 15/8
- Dave Chisnall Vs Michael Smith – 10/11 – 4/1 – 5/2
- Phil Taylor Vs Gary Anderson – 6/4 – 18/5 – 7/5
- Michael van Gerwen Vs Adrian Lewis – 5/8 – 9/2 – 7/2
- Robert Thornton Vs Raymond van Barneveld – 3/1 – 4/1 – 4/5
With the usual format you are being accustomed to we have identified key stats we deem as relevant and will suggest recommendations on the most likely outcomes in our considered expertise
Peter Wright Vs James Wade – 10/9 – 15/4 – 15/8
James leads 13-5 on the head to head
With just one Premier League meeting, where James reigned supreme, the pair have endured a trade in victories in the last five off the back of eight defeats to the Machine. Wright has trimmed into 11/10 after opening at 23/20 earlier this week. Until last week I was growing in confidence with Snakebite until last week discovering Peter had changed his darts AGAIN!
Those in the know listening on the ground know Wright has changed his darts more in a year than players do in a decade. The darts Wright was throwing last week was a downgrade based on the prior performances I had witnessed.
James on the other hand has been throwing consistently well, but not as well as he would like. Last weekend he suffered a big defeat at the European Tour and hopefully will not bode too much on Thursdays performance, as James is a consummate professional on the oche!
I did like the look of Wright to hold his throw and break the Wade throw to win the game. However, I have not been able to determine whether Wright has tweaked his darts, which is an issue from my decision making. I had considered Wright on the most 180s' but is well short at just 8/15 in places. James has been stocking up with his maximums lately although his throw is less than fluent hitting the lipstick.
At the Wright price for most 180s is a mug price to consider, but Wade is as tall as 4/6 with a +1.5 maximum head start. This again would need Wade to be beaten by just one and have no confidence in this. However Wright has been throwing well and expect this to go a long way into the game and it is a shame Hills have dropped their match result and both to win four legs as I would be confident in applying wright and would have liked the tastier price on offer.
I think Wright can avoid defeat and will pair up with a Anderson similar bet not to lose!
Dave Chisnall Vs Michael Smith – 10/11 – 4/1 – 5/2
Dave leads 6-5 on the head to head
Dave Chisnall to the punters, well those with their eyes open, is a marmite situation – you love his 180's but hate when he falls apart and at 10/11 to win against a Michael Smith who needs something from this match in some opinions is that Chisnall is generous at this price.
With no Premier League head to head to form any opinion on punters looking to pile in on Chizzy may not be aware that the St Helens Chizzy has never beaten bullyboy on the TV/crowd stage. Smith has reigned supreme twice at the grand slam both in 2013 and 2015 as well as a European Tour event. In some opinions of stats Smith surely has the edge?
Bullyboy performed competently at the weekend tour event, although he relied on his opponent missing doubles. Smith is still a little raw to this premier league format but can rattle the maximums in and would be a good 2/1 contender with Betfred as the match with the most maximums.
The 4/1 does stand out for some reason on the basis that Smith needs at least a point from. With this in mind, the percentage average of maximums over the legs possible does not quite make the overall line of eight or fewer maximums a bad bet. Smith has found it difficult to adapt and Chisnall does turn it on when he wants and the 17/20 from Boylesports for less than eight maximums is worth a small play.
Phil Taylor Vs Gary Anderson – 6/4 – 18/5 – 7/5
Phil leads 32-2-13 on the head to head
Phil is 6/4 and has not beaten Anderson in nearly three years in the Premier League. Between this and 2012 Gary is undefeated in the last six. In this period the games have gone the distance. I must at this point mention darting colleague and personal friend Carl Redden aka @reddencarl who on a weekly basis have a brief exchange on our initial thoughts for the impending week's meeting. Carl was interested in the game going the distance and agree with his thoughts that the 6/5 on the game going the distance again was not out the question.
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The bet I had in mind relates in addition to the Anderson match and although I find it tough to call although Gary is the narrow favourite that he can make it seven games without defeat to the power is a distinct possibility. With Taylor missing doubles and misfiring on scoring taking a Anderson and Wright +1.5 leg handicap is 2.32 at Betfair sportsbook and a four point bet.
Michael van Gerwen Vs Adrian Lewis – 5/8 – 9/2 – 7/2
Michael leads 25 – 2 – 11 on the head to head
MVG on week one fell to Wade but picked up the pace last week. MCG won the European Tour event at the weekend and rarely looked troubled throughout. Lewis was unbeaten at the Premier League 2015 and although the second meeting could have been considered a dead rubber tie as MVG could not be caught at the top of the table.
Lewis played a sterling display in week two, but his misfiring in past events showed resilience in beating Chisnall last week and maintaining a 100% record. Lewis let us down last week with his ton plus checkout not landing, but Jackpot can look towards powering over the line. With MVG's motivation as it is MVG to win 7-4 or better is 10/11 with Sportingbet which is a little disrespectful to the former 2X champion. Like on another match I am suited to the 180s on this and under 7.5 180s in the match meets my price valuation at evens and Hills fits this criteria.
Robert Thornton Vs Raymond van Barneveld – 3/1 – 4/1 – 4/5
Raymond leads 9-2-3 in the head to head
The price reflects the head to head? Is it Thornton's whitewash in night one? Could it be Thornton has one TV victory over Barney, which was October 2013? As Thornton missed the European Tour it is a minefield to assume how he has prepared for this game. On a balance of probability Thornton would have been throwing throughout his illness and will be preparing increasingly for this must win tie.
Without the head to head you have to consider opposing the former five-time champion especially with Raymond not throwing first? Again the bookies are taking a liberal view on the Dutchman that Thornton the 3/10 favourite for the drop will fold. This is not in the context of fair minded punters and that includes all you readers! Drawing you into a price where you consider it a bet you cannot lose.
This is a no bet for the above reasons as trying to bet on some unknowns is a mugs game and will enjoy watching this!