So far the 2016 Betway Premier League Darts has thrown up just one drawn match from the 15 games that have been played. However, last week’s results in Dublin finally gave us some competitive fare with three 7-4’s and a 7-5 scoreline accompanying Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith’s 6-6 stalemate.
Two players certainly wobbled last time with Dave Chisnall squandering an early lead and Raymond van Barneveld almost falling on his own sword when the winning-post was in clear sight.
Something else that was soon apparent was Dave Chisnall’s proficiency around the treble 20’s. For a second time in three 2016 Premier League Darts appearances his opening visit to the board saw him fire in a maximum 180. For that reason BetVictor’s 8/13 about Chisnall posting the first 180 score in his match against Phil Taylor is a no-brainer.
Peter Wright and Robert Thornton both represent Scotland so any theories a Scotsman will over-perform in Aberdeen this Thursday are valueless in this encounter.
Wright is the only player in possession of an unbeaten record in the this year’s Premier League, a perfect three-from three. Thornton, after a 7-0 whitewash missed week 2 of the league and was defeated again last time. Nevertheless there were clear signs of a return to form by Thornton last week. He posted a high 63% check-out success against van Barneveld and is over-priced at 4/1 to register his first success.
That’s because the bookmakers have overreacted to Wright’s three-from-three record. Impressive as it may be, he has not faced one of the ‘big three’ so far, namely Taylor, van Gerwen and Anderson. As a saver, why not visit Skybet and take some of their 9/2 about a drawn match.
The even money about Adrian Lewis defeating James Wade will surely not last long. The dual World Champion really put it to Michael van Gerwen last week breaking his throw twice. He is clearly playing better that he has done for the past couple of seasons and outside of the Premier League he looks a major event winner in waiting. Conversely Wade still looks shaky in places and a highest check-out of 40 in Dublin highlighted his frailties.