It was a case of normal service resumed in last week’s Betway Premier League Darts night from Aberdeen. The good things prevailed all over: Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Michael Van Gerwen (the ‘Big Three’) all won; James Wade snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to lose to Adrian Lewis; while Wright and Thornton do what they do best – be involved in the closest possible finishes.
Michael van Gerwen (MVG) rightly claimed the news headlines with a record breaking 3-dart average of 123.4. That smashed Phil Taylor’s previous mark in a televised match by almost five points. Remarkably the top-ten all-time 3-dart averages are owned by MVG and Phil Taylor.
Taylor was also brilliant last week. A 115.2 3-dart average and seven 180’s saw him dispatch Dave Chisnall who, in no part, played badly.
This Thursday in Exeter, given their form, a simple treble featuring Taylor to beat Lewis (10/11 best at William Hill), MVG to beat Peter Wright (4/11 Betfred & Coral) and Anderson to beat Thornton (2/5 888Sports) looks a simple pathway to a 364% yield on your money (as the treble pays in excess of 5/2).
But Anderson may not be the good thing he first appears to be. There are clear signs of a return to form by Thornton and Anderson has hardly been inspirational so far in the Premier League. Last week’s winning 3-dart average was 103 and he was beaten in his two other Premier league appearances (3-7 by MVG and 4-7 to Taylor).
Therein we suggest replacing Anderson with Chisnall in that 3-fold (odds of 5/4 is best at Paddy Power) making it a mouth-watering 5/1 treble. Additionally Thornton, given a +3.5 leg head-start against Anderson in Ladbrokes handicap market, looks a colossal bet at 4/6.
Betfair have made a big mistake in offering 13/10 (2.3) about there being 7.5+ 180’s in the Dave Chisnall vs James Wade confrontation. Chisnall banged in six 180’s last week and already leads the 180’s charts with 18 maximums from the four Premier League 2016 matches he has played.
The price is a mistake as rival firms are going just 11/10 about the duo landing eight or more maximums, they are clearly mindful that Wade was good around the treble 20’s last week posting five maximums in Aberdeen.