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.
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.
Van Gerwen/Van Barneveld
Anderson most 180s v Whitlock
(1-1, William Hill)