Premier League Darts: More surprising results and low scoring games this week?

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It was a bookmaker’s benevolent in the opening round of the Betway Premier League Darts last week. Added to Michael van Gerwen’s surprise defeat by James Wade, Phil Taylor had his belly rubbed by Raymond van Barneveld.  

Another surprise, albeit probably not a costly outcome to the layers, was Robert Thornton’s dreadful performance against Dave Chisnall.  The 7-0 scoreline represented only the sixth whitewashed game in the history of Premier League Darts.

Thornton posted a dire 75.6  3-dart average but he still cannot be safely written off in the opening match on Thursday night as it is against Michael Smith who was beaten twice last week, 7-2 by Peter Wright and then 7-1 by Adrian Lewis.

There’s every chance one of these two will capitulate under pressure once again and this game could be another route.  Just who will prevail is very unclear but bet365’s 13/8 about there being less than 10.5 legs in this game (meaning a 7-0, 7-1, 7-2 or 7-3 score-line) looks outstanding. Just consider, four of last week’s five matches featured nine legs or less.

The Wright Stuff

Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld were both on the top of their game in Week 1.  Wright posted five 180’s, which was impressive considering his match only featured nine legs.  A tenacious Barneveld posted only two 180’s.

These stats alone are not a slam-dunk reason for Wright to outscore his rival in the 180’s race on Thursday, but noticeably, Barneveld has not been a high-scoring player in recent times, he’s far better around the doubles.

The exact opposite can be said about Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright and while these contrasting styles will make for a tight race, in the quest of backing a winner, the Scottish player looks the logical play in the ‘Most 180s’ market at 5/6 with Skybet and Betfair.

Dave Chisnall was not beaten until Week six of last year’s Premier League Darts season and his was victory probably the outstanding performance of the opening week this year.

His stats were almost mirrored by this week’s opponent, Adrian Lewis though (who beat Michael Smith 7-1), both posting 12x 100+ scores, 3x 140+ and 3x 180’s.  Likewise their 3-darts averages were 100 and 101. Chisnall, with a 64% check-out success was slightly more impressive in this sphere though.

Once again on paper it looks a tight game and most firms can hardly separate them in the betting.  However, Boylesports and Coral both go 8/5 about Chizzy and that makes him value in a game where a small saver on the draw at 7/2 could be prudent.

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