Premier League Darts Betting: The Power to bounce back?

Wade v Painter Kevin Painter kept his semi-final hopes alive with a win over Gary Anderson last week, while James Wade shot himself in the foot by dropping a point against Andy Hamilton. Three points separate the pair going into this week’s fixtures and anything less than a victory would effectively end Painter’s Premier League aspirations, while two points for Wade would go a long way to securing a top-four finish. The Machine wasn’t at his clinical best last week, yet still averaged close to 100. Although Painter’s average was nine points worse it is his ability to take care of the medium-sized checkouts at pivotal junctures that allowed him to pick up maximum points. If Painter can drag his opponent into a scrap, which he is more than capable of doing, he can get at least a point from this match. Recommended Bet: Painter/Draw – Double Chance @ 2.24 Taylor v Whitlock Having looked nigh on invincible from week two to 10 in the Premier League, Phil Taylor comes into week 12 with a blemish in his loss column. It will have no effect on his final standing in the Premier League table but will offer his fellow competitors some hope going into the semi-finals; a lifeline that The Power was keen not to hand out. The best way to extinguish any such optimism would be to go out this week and blitz Simon Whitlock with some notorious power scoring and lethal finishing. But I’m not sure his game is quite at that level at present. The Wizard hasn’t beaten Taylor on the big stage since switching to the PDC from the BDO, but he may have his best chance of doing so in a long time when they meet this Thursday. As I pointed out prior to last week’s match The Power’s form has been on the slide in recent weeks, and that trend continued against Adrian Lewis last time out as his three-dart average dipped below 100 for only the second time this season. Whitlock can be hit and miss, but it’s worth siding with the Aussie to get it right at the odds being offered. Recommended Bet: Whitlock (Draw No Bet) @ 5.1 Hamilton v Van Barneveld Andy Hamilton’s battling qualities have been cited regularly throughout this tournament. But I sometimes feel that tag is unfairly placed upon The Hammer and some of his real quality performances are overlooked on occasion. Last week against James Wade he averaged over 100 for the first time this season, while he has also averaged over 95 in five of his previous 10 matches and hit more 180s than Wade, Painter and Anderson in the tournament so far. I bigged up Raymond van Barneveld going into last week’s match and he disappointed in quite a big way, losing to Whitlock with his poorest performance of the past 11 weeks. With the reasons for his uncharacteristically poor performance as yet unknown, the big Dutchman shouldn’t be as short as 1.67 for the win here. So we’ll take him on. Recommended Bet: Hamilton/Draw – Double Chance @ 2.06 Lewis v Anderson Adrian Lewis got his act together just in time to record a brilliant victory over Phil Taylor last week. Faced with the prospect of going 5-1 down against The Power, Lewis found his range to make it 4-2 at the interval then win six of the next seven legs, including a 160 checkout, to end the world number one’s unbeaten record. Meanwhile, Gary Anderson’s defence of his Premier League title went from bad to worse with defeat to Kevin Painter. The Scot is now a 200.0 chance to retain the title he won so impressively under 12 months ago. Opposing Anderson in recent weeks has been a particularly profitable default bet, as the odds compliers continued to price him up at short odds for victory. Those opportunities are likely to become increasingly infrequent until he sharpens up his game and that is reflected in his odds of 3.20 for victory this week. However, they may just have gone too far the other way, and there is a good argument to say he is now a value bet at such big odds. We’d be relying on Anderson hitting a hot streak that has rarely been seen in the past few months, but we at least know that it is in there somewhere. Keep the stakes small, but have a flutter on the outsider here. Recommended Bet: Anderson to win @ 3.20