Aberdeen, Thursday, 7pm, live on Sky Sports 1

IT'S Valentine's Night and wouldn't your missus just love a night out in Aberdeen to watch the darts.

Forget Cupid's Arrow and just take her to see the arras – and hope she doesn't fire one at your bullseye.

Week one in Belfast was explosive and it promises to be action-packed in the Northern Lights.

First up it's Raymond van Barneveld v Wes Newton with the Dutchman a hot favourite at 8-11 with boylesports. He saw off the challenge of Scot Gary Anderson 7-4 last week and should take care of Newton who paid for too many double misses as he went down to James Wade.

Wade is next up against Andy Hamilton and it should be a close encounter. Hammy hasn't lost in his last five meetings to The Machine and performed well enough in his loss to tournament new boy Robert Thornton as he fought back from 5-1 down to level before losing 7-5.

Hamilton fared well against Wade last year and as it's the toughest to call tonight consider the underdog at +2.5 legs at 4-11 with bet365. To win Wade is the 6-5 favourite at Ladbrokes.

Home hopes rest partly with Anderson but he may find it tough going against cool Aussie Simon Whitlock who beat Adrian Lewis in round one. Whitlock has won six of their last eight meetings and with Anderson still to prove he's back to his best I'll be on Whitlock at 6-5 (various) although the crowd could help the Scot.

Anderson is 1-1 at William Hill to notch most 180s and while he finds the treble easy to hit it's missing doubles that often costs him.

Lewis is also struggling but was unbeaten in his two games against Phil Taylor last season and a meeting with The Power could be inspirational. Taylor was held 6-6 by Michael van Gerwen last week but I expect him to go one better with the win and he is 4-7 at Blue Square.

Thornton was thrilled to just be involved for the first time and even happier to win. But he's up against it when he faces Van Gerwen who is expected to silence the home crowd.

The Scots will warm to the Dutchman and it's hard to see past MVG at 5-6 with bet365.

Double Dutch

Van Gerwen/Van Barneveld

Super Single

Anderson most 180s v Whitlock
(1-1, William Hill)

44 Comments
  1. Milesey 8 years ago

    “Thornton was thrilled to just be at Wembley and even happier to win”

    What was he doing at Wembley ? That man can throw some darts, from Wembley all the way to Dublin and still hit the trebles, thats some fine shoooooooooooooting !

    first night was at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.

    Milesey

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Milesey, yeah I know, I was thinking of something else. Are they going to Wembley later?

  2. Milesey 8 years ago

    I think the only night in London is at the 02, for the play offs and the final, i believe thats right anyway, i may be wrong.

    You must be thinking of Robbie Williams, think he is playing wembley end of June, beginning of July, and we all know how big a fan you are ;)

    Milesey

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Milesey, I thought he said he was looking forward to playing at Wembley, scene of so many Scottish triumphs. I can’t go Robbie Williams, that song Candy he had out recently really was the pits. I was a rocker in my youth – can’t beat Rush, AC/DC, Rainbow, Zeppelin, that sort of stuff.

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      Maybe he is playing for scotland ;) ;)

      England V Scotland

      The FA is pleased to announce a high profile friendly for the senior England team against Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday 14 August 2013 as part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

      Milesey

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      February 2013
      Belfast, Odyssey Arena, Thur 7th February 2013
      Aberdeen, Aberdeen Exhibition Centre, Thur 14th February 2013
      Bournemouth, Bournemouth Int’nl Centre, Thur 21st february 2013
      Exetr- South west, Westpoint Arena, Thur 28th February 2013

      March 2013
      Nottingham, Capital FM Arena, Thur 7th March 2013
      Manchester, Manchester Arena, Thur 14th March 2013
      Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Thur 21st March 2013
      Glasgow, S.E.C.C, Thur 28th March 2013

      April 2013
      Brighton Centre, Thur 4th April 2013
      Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena, Thur 11th April 2013
      Birmingham, National Indoor Arena, 25th April 2013

      May 2013
      Liverpool, Echo Arena, Thur 2nd May 2013
      Newcastle, Metro Arena, Thur 9th May 2013
      London, O2 Arena, Thur 16th May 2013

      Milesey

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Milesey, we’ve got Robert Snodgrass so don’t need Robert Thornton. Reckon we’ll spoil your party that night – we’re no easy touches like Brazil.

    • Alva 8 years ago

      MR.F,Once a rocker always one.Get yourself along to ABC on Fri. 1st Mar. UFO are playin.S/S for me at darts is Anderson to win @ 12/7.Whitlock can hit 180s too.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Alva, UFO are one that passed me by although I can recall a couple of their songs. Good luck with the darts. I need to see Anderson hitting the doubles before I’m convinced. And at the end of the day the 180s market is quite volatile although Anderson bags his fair share.

  3. John 8 years ago

    My brother was at the darts in belfast and had a drink with a few of the players afterwards, might have a small bet tonight out of interest :-)

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      John, put your money on the darts stars having more drinks at Aberdeen – but they’ll need to buy their own!

  4. Alva 8 years ago

    Good website for checking all darts related things is Darts Mad.It gives you tips,fixtures,results etc.Btw Scottish open is this weekend at Normandy,Renfrew.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Alva, any big names playing at Renfrew?

  5. Seve 8 years ago

    Have to go against you here Fixit, Newton I feel has the better game at the moment compared to Barney who has been shaky over the last year, and I think is huge at 3/1.

    Will be sticking Van Gerwen on aswell

    Double
    Wes Newton 3/1
    Van Gerwen 8/15

    5.13/1

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      Newton was terrible last week, appalling on the doubles, I would go for the Barney win myself, but each to their own, that’s what it’s all about.

      Milesey

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      Feb 14, 2013 22:00
      Robert Thornton v Michael van Gerwen (Match betting)
      Michael van Gerwen
      1/2

      Feb 14, 2013 21:20
      Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor (Match betting)
      Phil Taylor
      4/7

      Feb 14, 2013 20:40
      Gary Anderson v Simon Whitlock (Match betting)
      Simon Whitlock
      6/5

      Feb 14, 2013 20:00
      Andy Hamilton v James Wade (Match betting)
      James Wade
      11/10

      Feb 14, 2013 19:15
      Wes Newton v Raymond van Barneveld (Match betting)
      Raymond van Barneveld
      8/13

      Milesey

  6. Bryan 8 years ago

    Van Gerwen is pretty short but I can’t see him not winning. He’ll be disappointed he couldn’t close the match last week and will be desperate for the win. He’s certainly a class above Thornton who was inconsistent last week despite the win.

    Barney usually gets a good result in Scotland, with the Barney army behind him. Very rarely does he lose here. The support he gets in Aberdeen and Glasgow is incredible. He’s an adopted Scot. I’m sure they’ll be in full voice again tonight. I don’t think Wes Newton will have experienced an atmosphere like this. Barney for the win.

  7. Milesey 8 years ago

    BARNEY ARMY, BARNEY ARMY.

    wow AMAZING !

    Milesey

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      7-2 BARNEY

      Amazing ;) ;)

      Milesey

  8. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Pretty easy for Barney there is newton to be bet against every week seems a bit out his depth ?

  9. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Hope Hamilton does Wade here Wades one of the most ignorant players out there and the most unliked i would hazard a guess as well Go Andy !!!

  10. Guido 8 years ago

    no keen on either 1plus2

    • 1plus2 8 years ago

      I prefer Hamilton out of the 2 m8

  11. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Get in there Hamilton point at least

  12. 1plus2 8 years ago

    Well done Hamilton

  13. Bryan 8 years ago

    Gary Anderson up next, this place will be bouncing.

  14. gunner 8 years ago

    whitlooooooockk to win but very even matched cmon u gunnnnerssss

  15. gunner 8 years ago

    anderson scoring is mint cant see him loseing

  16. Bryan 8 years ago

    He’s always a high scorer but struggles with the doubles.

  17. gunner 8 years ago

    if u had anderson collect money :)))))))

  18. Bryan 8 years ago

    What is Anderson like with these doubles?!!!!

  19. Bryan 8 years ago

    Finally Gary hits a double! lol

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Bryan, what’s the latest with Anderson?

  20. Bryan 8 years ago

    He won 7-5 Paul but he was shocking on the doubles again. Only a 25% success rate. Whitlock was unlucky not to sneak a draw after being well behind.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Bryan, that’s always the fear with Anderson. How many 180s?

  21. gunner 8 years ago

    Bryan, that’s always the fear with Anderson. How many 180s?

  22. Bryan 8 years ago

    I’m avoiding it gunner. I don’t see value on either player.

    Don’t know how many 180’s Anderson got Mr Fixit.

  23. gunner 8 years ago

    yh you right tho he won but lewis could of won i like the loo of gervin what about u bryan

  24. John Henderson 8 years ago

    4 out 4 waiting on MVG for the 5 come onnnnn

    • 1plus2 8 years ago

      Best of luck m8 conflict of interest being Scottish lol

  25. Bryan 8 years ago

    Yeah you’ve got to fancy van gerwen gunner.

  26. Ellis 8 years ago

    usually pretty spot on with the darts went for the five fold tonight

    RVB (WIN)
    HAMILTON(WIN)
    ANDERSON (WIN)
    TAYLOR (WIN)

    MVG (LOST :( )

    Really didn’t expect that and guuted it let me down on my 26/1 accumulator. wouldn’t have predicted the draw at all!

    • Guido 8 years ago

      Ellis..why ya not put a bit on the dra/Thonton to cover ya?? :-(

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Ellis, good start for Thornton but thought MVG would be too good.

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