IT'S round 7 of the Coral Premier League darts on Thursday with all the action coming from Cardiff.

Rodney Trotter's once again been looking at the fixtures and here are his tips.

Andy Hamilton v Simon Whitlock

This is going to be a close game. You can put your mortgage on Andy hitting the double 16 because he doesn't miss it often. I'd say he's hitting it nine times out of 10 at the moment. The crucial thing is he stays with people and he makes himself tough to beat. The same can be said of Whitlock, who is also enjoying his game right now. Both players had big smiles on their faces when I saw them at the weekend (especially when I told them about the extra prize money coming into the game) and that is showing in their play.

This is such a hard call but if you put me on the spot I'd say Whitlock could nick it – but it's a tough prediction because Hamilton has beaten Taylor twice in the last fortnight! There won't be many mistakes and the sixth, seventh and eighth legs will define where this game goes.

Rod roars: WHITLOCK (11-10, Coral)

Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen

This will be a high-scoring game with a lot of 180s. Gary had a nine-darter in the Tour event at the weekend and played really well but Van Gerwen won that tournament so I've got to go for the Dutchman. He's playing exceptionally well and loves the game right now. Even if he throws a few bad darts he's capable of hitting 180 with the next three because he doesn't care what he's hit previously.

Other players think about the previous three darts but you can't turn back history and Van Gerwen is good at forgetting about it and moving on. He just puts his foot on the oche and throws. Anderson worries about practising and doing the right things but with his skill he shouldn't think too much about things like that. If he gets in front he could do the job but I've got to go for Van Gerwen.

Rod roars: VAN GERWEN (8-15, William Hill, sportingbet)

Robert Thornton v Adrian Lewis

Adrian is showing signs of coming back to form but he still isn't displaying the consistency that made him a double world champion. There is negativity in his head which is a contrast to Thornton who is enjoying the ride in this Premier League. He is scoring very well and is extremely consistent leg on leg and will be tough to beat.

If Lewis turns up he has the talent to blitz anyone and that's why I'm finding it quite difficult to call but he really needs the points and that extra pressure will be tough for him. I think it could be another draw and to be honest I wouldn't be surprised if we saw five draws this week. That could be worth a fun bet!

Rod's call: DRAW or THORNTON (8-13, William Hill)

Wes Newton v Phil Taylor

Newton had two 10-darters in his match with Van Gerwen last week and could have had a third. As I mentioned above the only thing standing in his way of winning a major is a slight lack of consistency in a leg or two in a match. But let's not forget he is a newcomer and if he keeps progressing as he has over the last five years he will win a big one and do some serious damage in the world of darts.

Phil has not looked right in the last three weeks and this is the best time for Newton to play him. If he can get out of the gate quickly and get in front you never know – and a win for Newton would be huge for him, not only in the Premier League, but in darts for the rest of the year. But I've got to go for a Taylor win.

Rod roars: TAYLOR (2-5, Coral, Ladbrokes)

James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld

I've never sat on the fence so much but I'm struggling to split these two as well! Both have been playing exceptionally well and it could come down to a mistake made by one of them between the fifth and seventh legs, something like that.

If Wade can storm in front and not miss the double tops like he did last week Barney could be a little bit vulnerable. I could make cases for both players to win this and if I was to stick my neck out I'd say Barney will nick it.

Rod roars: DRAW or BARNEY (1-2, William Hill)

25 Comments
  1. ellis 8 years ago

    Top Treble!!!

    Taylor 2/5
    MVG 8/15
    Hamilton 13/10

  2. Seamus 8 years ago

    Alright Ellis, see you like tipping in the darts quite a bit so prob have a better knowledge than me. Only just started watching it 4weeks ago or so. But what you think about Lewis win? He was terrible against Newton but he absolutely smashed van gerwin?

    And I like the look of wade even though barney has been brill but I really fancy wade and have a sneaky feeling. Thoughts would be appreciated pal, cheers

    • ellis 8 years ago

      Sorry mate been away. Yeah I love the darts usually pick up a lot too.

      Barneys flying high. Played well in the tour at the weekend, but, it rests on whether wade is hitting tops or not

      I really cannot see Lewis winning tonight. He has come back to form however he still doesn’t look convincing. Thornton is pounding the 180s and hitting the doubles

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      ———————————
      PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS
      ———————
      Andy Hamilton v Simon Whitlock
      Draw

      Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
      Michael van Gerwen to win

      Robert Thornton v Adrian Lewis
      Adrian Lewis to win

      Wes Newton v Phil Taylor
      Taylor to win 7-4
      TAYLOR WIN

      James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
      Van Barneveld to average Over 97.5
      DRAW

      Milesey ( BETFAIR )

  3. the chief 8 years ago

    Another tough week last week with 2 draws and Taylor losing again and this week looks tough although there are a few good bets too be had.

    HAMILTON VS WHITLOCK

    This is a tough game to call on paper, but I quite fancy Hammer here, he has a good head to head against the wizard. Whitlock got a big win last week over an inform Wade, but Hamilton followed up his win over Taylor last Sunday with a win over the power again last week. At the weekend in Wigan Hamilton hit a 9 darter so nothing wrong with his scoring and I think his heavy scoring will lead to a narrow win 7-5 PAYS 10/1

    MVG VS ANDERSON

    This game is gonna be fast n furious with two of the heaviest scorers in the game, I think MVG is a better on his doubles and will win this, He is on fire at the moment as was shown when he won a tour event in Wigan at the weekend. The best bet in this game could be MVG TO HIT OVER 3.5 180’S AT EVENS.

    THORNTON VS LEWIS

    A look at the odds suggest this is a pick em and Lewis as picked up last 2 weeks but Thornton is playing very well at the moment as was shown with his draw last week then winning a tour event in Wigan, I think THORNTON WINS

    NEWTON VS TAYLOR

    I wont be betting on this match outright, I cant recall Newton ever beating Taylor on tv and with the pressure of trying to avoid relegation I just cant see him winning even with generous odds of 11/2 available. Were Newton might beat Taylor is on the most 180’s the power been messing about with darts and tends to go for treble 19 a lot so NEWTON TO GET MOST 180’S AT EVENS will do for me.

    WADE VS VAN BARNEVELD

    For me its the game of the night, and if MVG loses earlier it will be a battle for top spot, RVB as been the player of the tournement for me and I just have a sneaky feeling he will win this and mantain his position at the top of the table.

    Good luck if your having a bet

  4. Seamus 8 years ago

    Good lad – appreciate the insight. Been betting on the darts last four weeks and some buzz LOL!

    Back to the drawing board for me, might just do singles as the games are about to be played.

    Good luck

  5. ellis 8 years ago

    Haha that’s the best way pal. Hamilton is steady and he’s got a ha bit of beating Whitlock the ugly way. Winning 16-15 after being 15-7 down at the grand prix and the world semi final 6-4 after being 4-1 down. He rarely misses double 16

    Barney is all about confidence and playing great. If wade plays like he did at the weekend and last week. He will lose!!

  6. the chief 8 years ago

    DOUBLE TOPS

    MVG & THORNTON to win

    Super single

    Hamilton to win 13/8

    good luck if your having a bet

  7. gunner 8 years ago

    hamilton and thornton nice double, < thats taking money from betfair and i do bet < fair :) :) :)

  8. ellis 8 years ago

    There’s the first part of the treble with Hamilton haha

  9. Seamus 8 years ago

    Am just waiting on barney and Lewis. Went against you in this one Ellis and went with the gut feeling would hate myself If I didn’t LOL

    C’mon Lewis and rvb

    • ellis 8 years ago

      Don’t get that haha Seamus. Trust me im having a good night had the first two. Don’t jinx me 33/1 flying in

  10. ellis 8 years ago

    Anyone see that?!?! One more to go and my top treble is in haha

    Anyone fancy a little punt Thornton is well worth a shout

    I also had a 33/1 treble

    Hamilton
    MVG
    TAYLOR
    THORNTON
    RVB

  11. ellis 8 years ago

    33/1 accumulator :) not treble haha

  12. Seamus 8 years ago

    I went fir Lewis against your advice lol that’s what I meant

  13. Danny 8 years ago

    Happnin Seamus u get that wee spot a bother squared up ur wit

  14. ellis 8 years ago

    Well done mate. That messed it up

    Ahh well still need rvb and Taylor for about £400 profit already £100 up

  15. Seamus 8 years ago

    Just waiting on barney my 12-1 treble

  16. Seamus 8 years ago

    Lewis finish on think it was the eighth leg was unreal.

    Just need barney and am sorted.

    What happening Danny boy? Watching the Scotland game the mawra?

    Last shift then off weekend yaldyyyy, hope all is well mate

  17. Danny 8 years ago

    Lewis finish on think it was the eighth leg was unreal.

    Just need barney and am sorted.

    What happening Danny boy? Watching the Scotland game the mawra?

    Last shift then off weekend yaldyyyy, hope all is well mate

  18. ellis 8 years ago

    Can’t believe it that finish won him it. Still up im happy. Tbf never touched that game in my treble just had a little punt as im up. I never expected it as I said not worth backing. My treble as I said was

    Mvg
    Taylor
    Hamilton

  19. ellis 8 years ago

    3 out of 4 not bad haha

  20. ellis 8 years ago

    Ahh well still a profitable night

  21. Milesey 8 years ago

    Andy Hamilton v Simon Whitlock * LOST *
    Draw

    Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen * WIN *
    Michael van Gerwen to win

    Robert Thornton v Adrian Lewis
    Adrian Lewis to win * WIN *

    Wes Newton v Phil Taylor
    Taylor to win 7-4 * LOST 7-2 *
    TAYLOR WIN * WIN *

    James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
    Van Barneveld to average Over 97.5 * WIN *
    DRAW * WIN *

    Milesey ( Betfair )

  22. Seamus 8 years ago

    Gutted LOL

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