IT'S semi-finals time in the Premier League on Thursday with two mouthwatering clashes as Michael van Gerwen takes on James Wade and Phil Taylor meets Raymond van Barneveld in London.

Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor

Taylor is trading as a strong favourite here which is unsurprising given Barney hasn't beaten him on the big stage since 2008. But I fancy the Dutchman to end that run. Why? Well, let me tell you.

For starters, Phil isn't as good as he was. He's still the main man, the one who the others see as their biggest threat, but gets beaten a lot more often these days and the players don't fear him like they used to.

Raymond's record against Phil in the Premier League is shocking but Barney is playing, in my opinion, the best darts of his career right now.

The big man is focused and he's confident, all the things he hasn't been in the last five years that's why I think he'll beat the Power at a good price. It's also worth backing Barney to hit most 180s as Phil will switch far more often.

And while that big-games stat is not in his favour here's one that will provide comfort for Barney backers – the Dutchman has beaten Taylor more than any other player.

Recommended Bets

Van Barneveld to win at 2.62
Van Barneveld to hit the most 180s at 1.53

Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

Let's not beat around the bush here, if Michael plays well he wins. Wade knows how to win scrappy matches but I can't see this being a scrappy affair.

MVG will score well, that's what he does, and this will mean that James will have to hit his doubles to a 50 per cent ratio at least or rely on Michael missing. Wade is capable of winning anything, we know that, but this is the decade of dominance starting for the Green Machine. Top up the match odds bet by backing MVG to hit most 180s.

Recommended Bets

Michael van Gerwen to win at 1.28
Van Gerwen to hit the most 180s at 1.4

Milesey (Betfair)

  1. Cam 8 years ago

    Taylor and wade for me, got a funny feelin haha.

  2. WeeBanger 8 years ago

    Barney most 180s@ 1/2 (Taylor)
    Van gerwin -2.5 legs @ 5/6 (wade)

    Double for me in semis

  3. Sean Ireland 8 years ago

    Never did get into ”fatmans gymnastics”but may be worth a bet

  4. thechief 8 years ago

    I’ll be at the O2 later tonight, hoping MVG lands the title, he was my ante post selection. When MVG and Wade last played I pointed out Wade record against the green machine an advised Wade with 2.5 leg start was a good bet, Wade won the match, he is getting 2.5 start again and its worth taking, however I’m hoping MVG gets the job done.

    Taylor v Barneveld, kicks us off and RVB record on tv against the power is dreadful and he has never made the Premier league final, I can’t tip Taylor at odds on and I respect Milesey opinions that Barney can win, Im taking RVB to hit more 180s.

    I obviously won’t be able to give tip on the final, but there is 3 games with 4 great players, who have all hit 9 darters on tv, and I would love to see one live, it may be worth a few quid.







    Good luck and enjoy the darts.

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      thechief, enjoy that, should be good.

  5. r.walker 8 years ago

    Iv went for Barney minus1.5 @ 3.5 and van gerwen Most 180s minus 1 @ 1.9 which pays 33.40 for a fiver and Over 12.5 legs at 1.61 and van gerwen Over4.5 180s at 2.10 which pays 16.96 for a fiver.Both with PP.Going to have a large single on Van gerwen minus 1 180s @1.9.Really think thats good odds.Havent checked other odds so would be worth looking about.

  6. jamie180 8 years ago

    Over 6.5 180’s Taylor v Barney,odds of 5/6 an absoluty MUST

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      You would need Barney to get them for you, for Taylor switches to the 19’s too much, last week he didn’t hit a single 180.


  7. Jamesy 8 years ago

    Paddy power enhanced double

    Barney to score more 180’s than Taylor
    MVG to score more 180’s than Wade


  8. Jamesy 8 years ago

    Also love the look of MVG -1 180’s against Wade, the man is a scoring machine

  9. r.walker 8 years ago

    Jamesy,Where on the site would i find the enhanced double

  10. gunner 8 years ago

    does any one know if its the final 2night

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Gunner, yeah it’s the final as I’ve said in the top tips.

    • Milesey 8 years ago

      Going to be an all Dutch Final, with MVG taking the win ;)


    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Milesey, it’s The Power v MVG for me and then to time to some backing/laying. What fun!

  11. Milesey 8 years ago

    YES it’s the final night !


  12. gunner 8 years ago

    ok cheers i will have MVG does any one know what it to the score in final i know in semi its first to 8

  13. Scouseorca 8 years ago

    Gunner according to wikipedia the final is the best out of 19 legs

  14. gunner 8 years ago

    ceers scouseorca who does every one think mvg rather play in final ??

    • Mr Fixit 8 years ago

      Gunner, he’d rather play Barney surely.

  15. gunner 8 years ago

    i mean cheers not ceers aha

  16. gunner 8 years ago

    yes thats what i think but taylor did really bad last week but i had mvg to win it :)

  17. r.walker 8 years ago

    Went in again on MVG minus 1 180 at 1.9.Also took the double mentioned by jamesy at 6/4.Will be investing any winnings on MVG in the final.

  18. Milesey 8 years ago


    WORLD: Premier League – Play Offs

    Van Barneveld R. (Ned) 4-8 Taylor P. (Eng)

    Barney 5 180’s
    Taylor 0


    • Milesey 8 years ago


      Premier League – Play Offs

      Van Gerwen M. (Ned) 8-4 Wade J. (Eng)

      MVG 4
      WADE 2


  19. gunner 8 years ago

    taylor never lost in pdc premier when been in final :(

  20. gunner 8 years ago

    taylor fears mvg he want wade in final cmon MVG :)

  21. Guido 8 years ago

    Barney needs to his finger out against Fat Phil…whata shocking record against the odious slimy tub of lard!! :-(

  22. r.walker 8 years ago

    That was tight 4~2 180s but both bets in.

  23. gunner 8 years ago

    if mvg misses his doubles against taylor he will kill him :( cmon MIGHTY VAN GERVEN :)

  24. MrT 8 years ago

    Best bet for final?

  25. r.walker 8 years ago

    MVG 10~7 @ 9.0/MVG minus2 180s @2.25/Over 130 checkout @1.83.

  26. gunner 8 years ago

    what happend to mvg taylor is destroying him i wish wade won mvg he might have give phil better match :(

  27. Guido 8 years ago

    Gunner, ya shot yer bolt too soon there…bet yer girlfriend says the same thing to ya regularly!! ;-)

  28. Guido 8 years ago

    Jeez…some turnaround from Breidablik…4 goals in last 7 minutes..even better when yav punted them ;-)

  29. gunner 8 years ago

    mvg get in cheers milesey :)

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