Three of the four Betway Premier League Darts encounters this Thursday, taking place in Manchester, feature odds-on shots. The other sees the favourite, Peter Wright, trade at just 11/10. Things surely cannot be that black and white.
James Wade may have beaten Peter Wright the last time they met but there is precious little between them. On the figures they’ve posted during the 14 games played during this year’s league Wade does not deserve to be a 2/1 underdog. It may be less adventurous but more practical to play Betfair’s handicap market where 3/4 is available about James Wade given a 1.5 leg start.
Next on the bill will be Gary Anderson versus Peter Wright. These two have proven to be a pair of draw merchants – with four draws each in this year’s league – and those that are prepared to back Anderson at 4/11 should stop to consider this and the fact he has a win-ratio of 50%, seven from the 14 games he has played. Those stats do not justify his price and again I suggest turning to the handicap where the World Champ is definitely beatable giving his rival a 2.5 leg start.
Michael van Gerwen and countryman Raymond van Barneveld have more history than the Magna Carta and it conclusively shows the younger player is the one to be on. However, in only one of Barneveld’s 14 Premier League matches has he been beaten by a scoreline of 7-3 or greater and I cannot see MVG inflicting this, or a 7-2, 7-1 or 7-0 defeat on him this week.
The last time they met in the league (March 31st) the result was a 6-6 draw and if the older player is beaten this week surely he will manage to amass four legs (as he has done in 13 out of 14 weeks). Net result: Back Raymond van Barneveld on the Betfair handicap market where he gets a 3.5+ leg start at 21/20.