Well, we're back. Apologies for the slight absence, but we're back now and ready to go with Premier League betting tips.
Now, the problem with this is you have to factor in the draw in Premier League matches, but the prices reflect this, so it's not too much of a problem. However, it's wise to tread carefully, because as we've seen in the past, this competition throws up some screwy results. Some seriously screwy results. But we're going to avoid them, get some nice winners and get our 2010 off to a fantastic start.
Adrian Lewis Vs Raymond van Barneveld:
Lewis would have been hoping to start the 2010 Premier League with a bang, but ran into a seriously in form Mervyn King, losing 8-5. But Lewis averaged just over 96 and put in a great showing, hitting 4 180s in the process. Barney, on the other hand, averaged just over 92 and hit 3 180s in dispatching James Wade 8-5. The thing is, this has never been Barney's favourite tournament. He travels between The Netherlands and that week's venue and it could be one of the main reasons he doesn't perform week in, week out, like Phil Taylor in this competition.
This will be a close match and the prices reflect it. The 6/5 @ Blue Square is the best price available for Barney, but this match is too close for us to call.
Recommendation: No bet.
Simon Whitlock Vs Terry Jenkins:
A very interesting match. In their first games, both didn't play anywhere near their best, but Jenkins got the point with a draw with Ronnie Baxter. Now, while not the greatest result in the world for Jenkins, it was still a point. Unfortunately for Whitlock, he came up against Phil Taylor, who was in no mood for a gracious welcome to the Premier League for the Aussie. Taylor roughed him up after a slow start and Whitlock averaged 84, missing chances to break Taylor early on, then collapsed and played some shocking darts. Now, maybe the venue got to Whitlock – the O2 did seem very intimidating. However, he's up against a Premier League stalwart in Jenkins.
The thing with Jenkins is he can blow hot and cold and hasn't impressed on a regular basis on TV. He's consistently inconsistent, if you pardon the expression. However, we think Whitlock will have found his footing and starting against Taylor wasn't the easiest way to being your Premier League career. So, we're banking on the Aussie to find the form that got him to the World Championship Final and Jenkins to go back to his wonderfully inconsistent self.
Simon Whitlock to beat Terry Jenkins – 11/10 @ Blue Square.
Recommendation: 1 unit @ 11/10.
Phil Taylor Vs Ronnie Baxter:
The “ill” Phil Taylor turned up at the O2 and humbled Simon Whitlock last week. Ronnie Baxter made his return to the Premier League with a deserved draw against Terry Jenkins. The simple fact is, Baxter didn't set the world alight and Taylor eventually did, picking off the bullseye for checkouts like it was single 1. Taylor didn't have the perfect build-up to his match against Whitlock, so expect his performance against Baxter to be even better.
Now, as with most Phil Taylor matches, the odds are skinny and they reflect the nature of the match. Expect this to be a blow out, with a few 180s, some respectable checkouts and a Phil Taylor victory. Because of this...
Recommendation: No bet.
James Wade Vs Mervyn King:
A tasty, tasty match, especially after last week. King puts in a 101 average against the dangerous Lewis, takes out 124 and fires in 4 180s in winning 8-5. Wade loses to Barney 8-5, averaging 90, taking out 84 and hitting 5 180s.
Now, King loves this event, as does Wade. This is a repeat of the 2009 Premier League Final, where Wade defeated King. Both men were inconsistent throughout 2009 and some were questioning Wade's commitment to the game at one point. However, King seems to be hungry, as ever. Wade, on the other hand, seems to be lacking interest. King is also using new darts that he apparently feels comfortable with. The prices here seem a bit skinny on Wade and a bit too big on King. We believe King will do a number on Wade. If King takes an early lead, Wade's head will hopefully go down and the demolition can commence.
Mervyn King to beat James Wade - 11/8 @ Blue Square.
Recommendation: 2 units @ 11/8.
We also have one more recommendation to see you through the whole night. The beauty of this competition is the number of market the bookies put up for specials. We think James Wade Vs Mervyn King will produce a LOT of 180s and thanks to Stan James, we can get a very generous 5/2 on this match having the most 180s of the evening.
James Wade Vs Mervyn King to have most 180s of the evening – 5/2 @ Stan James.
Recommendation: 1 unit @ 5/2.
That's all for now. Enjoy the darts, soak in the atmosphere if you're going and, most importantly, happy betting!