As a result of missing Week 1 of the Betway Premier League Darts Gary Anderson will play twice on Thursday when the action in Week 7 would you believe, comes from Glasgow.
There is a theory that the raucous Scottish crowd are an asset to the Scottish players, in particular to the one Scots player with a true Scottish accent, Gary Anderson.
But the reigning world champion will need all the help he can get in his first match of the evening, against Adrian Lewis. That’s because, despite him boasting three wins and two losses (to Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen) from his five matches in this year’s series, his stats are pretty poor.
While the figures are skewed by the fact Anderson has played a match or two less than his rivals, his 180 tally is poor, his 140+ scoring is decidedly average and last week, in beating Michael Smith 7-3, his highest checkout was just 65.
Reflecting on his three 2016 Premier League Darts wins, they have come against Robert Thornton, who has no wins and a single draw from the five matches he has played, Michael Smith (one win and one draw from seven games) and Raymond van Barneveld (two wins and four losses from six).
All-in-all Anderson’s winning form amounts to nothing and his stats are average. Therein, against Adrian Lewis, who sits third in table nestled in behind Phil Taylor and MVG with four wins from six games, he looks very opposable.
Later in the evening Anderson will face Peter Wright who also has the beating of the World Champion on Premier League Darts stats. Wright went four weeks unbeaten before losing, like everyone does, to MVG. He tasted defeat again last week against Adrian Lewis but there was no caste lost as he recorded a 3-dart average of 106.8.
Wright is one of just three players who has a 3-dart average in excess of 100 in the league and his check-out percentage of 48.48 is only surpassed by MVG. In short he is very under-rated and, in a match where they should be betting 6/4 each of two, he has to be supported at Corals’ 9/4.
Naturally the showstopper is Taylor vs van Gerwen but it is a game to savour not to bet on. That old chestnut of Dave Chisnall banging in more 180’s than his opponent is…
‘Chizzy’ takes on Raymond van Barneveld and he is 6/5 to win the match. That looks on the mark but 4/7 about him outdoing that rival in the 180 stakes stands out. With 24 180’s from six Premier League matches his average is four ‘maximums’ per-match. Barneveld, on the other hand, has just 16 180’s for an average a 2.66 per-game.