You’d be Barmy to miss Barneveld at 10/11 in Week 3 of the Premier League DartsPublished February 16, 2016
It’s not clear if Robert Thornton is over the chest infection which saw him miss last week’s Betway Premier League Darts match against Michael Smith. The Scotsman also withdrew from the Dutch Masters at the weekend and his supporters will have to take a leap of faith as to his well being.
Thornton certainly put in a stinker when beaten senseless (7-0) in his opening round Premier League Darts match against Dave Chisnall. And even on his best recent form it is very hard to see him give Raymond van Barneveld much to worry about this Thursday night in Dublin. The only surprise is the price, on my tissue I had a Barneveld victory pencilled-in at 1/2. So William Hill’s 10/11 about ‘Barney’ is my bet of the week.
Chisnall will Chip Away at the 180’s
Michael Smith posted a single 180 maximum score in his game last week and two in a pair of matches in the opening round whereas Dave Chisnall has banged in seven from his two games to date.
Chisnall is simply brilliant at finding the treble 20’s as underlined by the table-topping 62 of them which he produced in last year’s Premier League Darts. Smith is not so good and has yet to win a game in the 2016 Premier League.
In the 180’s market there is a gross difference in class between the duo and while the 4/5 available at Betfred breaches a lot of people’s threshold, it is an outstanding price.
Phil Taylor was unable to beat Gary Anderson in last year’s Premier League Darts but things change quickly in darts and Taylor, who still has a vastly superior head-to-head record over his rival, looked exceptional last week dispensing of James Wade with a commanding 7-1 scoreline.
Anderson meanwhile was his usual ‘slow out of the traps’ self. The Scotsman did miss the opening week of the league through illness and, despite winning the first leg of his 2016 campaign in Newcastle last week, he was soon lagging against Michael van Gerwen. He scored just the one 180 and his highest check-out was just 51. At the weekend Anderson was eliminated in his first match of the Dutch Masters 6-4 by Mervyn King. Taylor opted to skip the event.
That result tips the scales in favour of Phil Taylor who is already making a mockery of the calls for him to retire following his tame PDC World Championship Darts assault. But, to err on the side of caution, back him on BetVictor’s handicap market with a +0.5 leg advantage meaning you have the great arrowsmith to win with a drawn game also being a winning bet.