Premier League Darts betting: Adrian Lewis vs Gary Anderson could be friendly affairPublished May 10, 2016
With Peter Wright beating James Wade and Adrian Lewis losing to Phil Taylor in Manchester last week, the battle remains on for the fourth and final spot in the Betway Premier League Playoffs.
I don’t think it will be much of a battle. Lewis has 17 points, Wright has 16. There are two points for a win, one for a draw and obviously none for a loss. If the pair finish on level points Lewis will go through to the final stages with a better win record.
So it all looks like plain sailing for Lewis then but then again he is 5/2 to beat Thursday’s rival, Gary Anderson and I recommend the free bet which backs it. Meanwhile Wright appears to have a much easier task against Raymond van Barneveld and is just evens in the betting to beat off the Dutchman.
However, when you stop to consider Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson, who is safely into the ‘final four’, are close friends, you may subscribe to the conspiracy theory which sees Anderson underperform on the night.
With this game up before Peter Wright’s ‘must win’ match, there is every reason to believe Lewis will be gifted at least the single point he needs to go to the big party at the O2 Arena on May 19th.
Backing the dual World Champion with a +1.5 start on the handicap covers the outright win and the draw scenario and so that’s the best way to play this one.
Of course the Premier League Darts makes its first visit to the Netherland’s this week and that means we can expect both Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld to put up storming performances.
That’s not to say MVG ever does anything other than play on a different level and victory in the Gibraltar Darts Trophy (beating Dave Chisnall 6-2 in the final) over the weekend will have only sharpened his pencil. In a race to six leg final he averaged 103, threw a 124 checkout and registered five 180’s. He was also 6 from 9 on checkouts.
While they drew the last time they met in the Premier League, I’m expecting MVG to comprehensively beat Phil Taylor this week so I’m heading for the handicap where MVG can be backed at 11/8 (Paddy Power), giving ‘The Power’ 2.5 legs on the handicap.