Lewis v Whitlock
Second faces third in the Premier League table for the night’s opener in Newcastle with Simon Whitlock assured of his semi-final spot and Adrian Lewis seeking a win to guarantee his place on finals night. A draw could be enough to see Jackpot progress but wouldn’t guarantee it, a point for the Aussie would confirm his second place finish.
Whitlock emerged victorious when the pair met earlier in the campaign to extend a sequence of four matches between the pair that has alternated between winners. For that sequence to continue Lewis would have to win this match.
Since beating Raymond van Barneveld to move on to 14 points and all but secure his semi-final berth, Whitlock has looked slightly below par. Lewis hasn’t been great in recent weeks either, but the world champion needs to win and invariably does what he has to in such situations. So we’ll side with him in the betting.
Recommended Bet: Lewis to win @ 2.05
Hamilton v Painter
Both Andy Hamilton and Kevin Painter can be proud of their debut seasons in the Premier League, with each player still in with a chance of a top-four finish going into the final week. A draw, however, is no good for either player, while a win would see the victor sweating on other results. Leg difference could well come into the equation.
The Artist won the meeting between the players earlier in the Premier League, but Hamilton has gained revenge in two meetings away from the big stage since.
Neither player wants a draw, but given how closely these two players have been matched over the course of this season, and in large part throughout their careers, that looks to be the only feasible bet.
Recommended Bet: The Draw @ 5.50
Van Barneveld v Wade
The equation facing both James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld is simple. Win and you’re through, lose and you’re almost definitely out. They could both still qualify with a draw, but would be reliant on other results.
The head-to-head between the pair is remarkably even with each player winning 17 matches against the other and one ending in a draw. While neither player comes into this match in particularly good touch; Barney is winless in his last four and Wade has not won for three weeks.
Given the odds on offer the value looks to be in siding with the outsider and backing Van Barneveld at odds of 2.40.
Recommended Bet: Van Barneveld @ 2.40
Anderson v Taylor
The final match of the night is the only one with absolutely nothing riding on it, but it could still be the most thrilling. Phil Taylor is assured of his position at the top of the table while defending champion Gary Anderson cannot qualify for next week’s finals.
We know to expect top class darts from Taylor in almost any circumstances, but the removal of pressure could – and has in previous weeks – free Anderson to fling his best tungsten.
There’s no value in backing Taylor at short odds in a match where a win is in no way a necessity, but I couldn’t back Anderson to beat The Power given the fact that he is still someway off his very best. Perhaps this is just one to sit back and enjoy, and hope that both players to find their Midas touch.
Recommended Bet: No Bet