Premier League Darts betting: Phil Taylor and James Wade on the handicap looks a strong double bet

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Gary Anderson vs James Wade may not be a headline grabber but it is the most significant game amongst those being played during Week 12 of the Betway Premier League Darts at the Bournemouth International Centre on Thursday night.

This duo are currently positioned 4th and 5th in the Premier League and a win for either will most probably make the difference between them making next month’s playoffs in London and packing their bags. The pair met just three weeks ago when the scoreline was a 6-6 draw. It was a tetchy affair with James Wade going 3-0 ahead and then trailing by 5-3 before forcing the stalemate.

On balance this one looks like it could be close again and backing Wade to win the match at 3/1 (with BetVictor) and to also draw it at 9/2 (with Skybet) looks like the value call.  It is not, however, anything like the value that Betfair Sportsbook are offering in their handicap market.  They are going 4/9 about Wade winning with a +3.5 leg head start.  

And why is that so outstanding?  Well, it means Wade needs to be beaten by 7-3 for it to be a losing bet.  Stop to consider Wade has played 12 Premier League Darts matches in 2016 and, amongst those games, if he has not won he has not suffered a single defeat greater than 7-4.

Taylor too strong for Thornton

OK, betting odds of 4/9 may be unattractive but if you double it up with another apparent formality, which is Phil Taylor (1/4 at Betfair, 3/10 at Coral) to beat Robert Thornton, the odds of reward will be in excess of 4/5.

Taylor has won 30 more legs than he has lost in the 2016 Premier League, Thornton has lost 23 more than he has won!  This represents a gross difference in class, which is plenty enough to justify Taylor’s odds-on price tag.

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