Betway Premier League Darts: Bet on More Draws in Week 6Published March 9, 2016
The Betway Premier League Darts enters its sixth week on Thursday with the action coming from Nottingham.
Remarkably, of the 25 matches so far played, there have only been two draws in the 2016 Premier League Darts. However with little between Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis on current form and also Raymond van Barneveld and James Wade, that tally could soon be doubled.
Barneveld was given a darting lesson by Phil Taylor in the fourth round of Saturday’s Coral UK Open Darts and was beaten by Michael Smith in last week’s Premier League. That was Smith’s first win in the league, a victory gained on the back of how badly Barneveld played as opposed to how well Smith performed.
Thursday’s opponent, James Wade, played his best darts for some time when seeing off Dave Chisnall last week but consistency has never been his strong-point.
It is hard envisage Barneveld winning on what he has shown in the last seven days but he is a wily competitor who could easily squeeze a draw against James Wade who, in his penultimate Premier League Darts start, posted a dreadful 26% check-out percentage and missed eight shots at a double to force a drawn game against Adrian Lewis.
Lewis’s Game a Wright Balancing Act
Peter Wright lost his unbeaten Premier League Darts tag with defeat against Michael van Gerwen but he by no means played badly, recording a 108.9 3-dart average, scoring three 180’s and posting a 121 checkout.
Throughout this league Wright has played to a consistent level and his stats almost mirror those of Adrian Lewis. Their 3-dart averages are 98.03 and 99.99 and they are 45 vs 41 on the 140+ scoring. It’s a game that is too tough to call, so the obvious play is to call it a draw!
Smith looks too big against Anderson
These two results would represent a brace of winners both in excess of 7/2 but for an even bigger play, at 4/1, how about Gary Anderson to get turned over by Michael Smith?
That may sound mad, but at the prices you would be mad not to back Smith. Smith broke his Premier League Darts duck last week posting a 95.77 3-dart average while Anderson also prevailed despite his average being just 89.88.
Anderson, who has won two of his 2016 Premier League Darts matches, has been statistically poor in general and at the weekend he suffered the indignity of being beaten by a club qualifier in his second match at the Coral UK Open.
That will have certainly rocked his confidence and while he cannot be written-off, Anderson is clearly performing below his best and is worth opposing at a top-price of 4/7. There is surely a better chance of him losing than the 20% that Skybet’s 4/1 (about Smith) represents and so I’m backing the underdog.