Whitlock v Hamilton
In week seven of the competition Simon Whitlock and Andy Hamilton battled out a 7-7 draw in a match where The Hammer was never behind. The Englishman will, however, need to pick up both points on offer if he is to keep his slim hopes of a top-four finish alive going into the final week.
It was a weekend of mixed emotions for Whitlock in the Austrian Darts Open as he hit a nine-darter against Joe Cullen in the second round, but then went on to lose match. The Aussie also started his match against Phil Taylor last Thursday in strong style before falling away quite pitifully.
A draw would be enough to see Whitlock progress and knock Hamilton out, and can be backed at odds of 6.00.
Back The Draw @ 6.00
Anderson v Van Barneveld
With the pressure off and very little to play for Gary Anderson was able to produce a much better performance than we had seen in recent months when up against Adrian Lewis last week. Raymond van Barneveld’s form, on the other hand, continues to traverse a downward trajectory.
Most worrying for Barney’s supporters was the sight of the big Dutchman’s darts drifting into the 5s and subsequent shaking of the head last week. His resurgence in the early part of this season was thanks in large part to a newfound mental toughness. If he starts beating himself up again then the results could easily start to suffer once more.
Anderson is treating the remaining Premier League matches as an opportunity to play himself back into form. With the pressure off I expect the Scot to be a thorn in the side of his final two Premier League opponents this season; starting with a win over Barney.
Back Anderson to win @ 2.35
Painter v Lewis
Kevin Painter kept his Premier League semi-final aspirations alive by taking a well-deserved point from his match against James Wade last week. To make the dream a reality The Artist will need four points from his remaining two matches. Meanwhile, Adrian Lewis moved a step closer to a top-four finish with a point against Gary Anderson. Jackpot will be looking for at least two points from his remaining fixtures to go through to the Premier League semis.
The world champion didn’t do a lot wrong in his draw with Anderson, just came up against a Scotsman rediscovering some of his better form. His recent record against Painter – he has won the last five meetings – also suggests that the 1.45 is a justifiably short price, and one we shouldn’t shirk away from backing.
Back Lewis to win @ 1.45
Wade v Taylor
A repeat of one of the greatest ever Premier League matches sees James Wade needing to produce a similar performance in order to stay on course for a semi-final berth in this year’s competition.
In the final of the 2010 tournament Phil Taylor threw two nine-darters on his way to beating Wade 10-8. But the fact that The Machine managed to keep the match so close was a testament to the way that he played that night and I get the feeling that a similar performance would see him collecting at least a point this Thursday.
Taylor was rather let off the hook by Simon Whitlock last week after The Aussie raced into a 3-1 early lead. Wade is one of the few players that is not intimidated by Taylor and therefore represents a value bet in the Draw No Bet market at odds of 4.40.
Back Wade Draw No Bet @ 4.40