Well, we have a great line-up of darts tonight in Belfast. We have a rematch from this time last year in Wade Vs Taylor, we have a Mervyn King playing a man he defeated twice over the last weekend, Ronnie Baxter. We have two former BDO stalwarts facing off when Whitlock faces Van Barneveld and two PDC favourites in Adrian Lewis and Terry Jenkins face each other.
Mervyn King Vs Ronnie Baxter.
We start off the night with a rematch from both the Swindon Players Championship event on Saturday and the UK Open Qualifier on Sunday in the shape of King Vs Baxter. King won 6-1, then 6-3 on the Sunday. There is definitely nothing to point to King letting up, as his start to the Premier League has been just as impressive as his floor results. Baxter played exceptionally well against Phil Taylor last week, but his consistency isn't as good as King's and I can see a comfortable win for Mervyn King. Yes, his average last week against Wade was way below his best and Baxter was averaging in the high 90s against Taylor, but sometimes your average can all depend on your opponent.
Mervyn King to beat Ronnie Baxter: 1/2 @ Stan James.
Recommend: 4 units @ 1/2.
Adrian Lewis Vs Terry Jenkins.
The second match of the night could end up being a classic, with both Adrian Lewis and Terry Jenkins capable of high scores and almost as high checkouts. Jenkins has made a decent start to his 2010 Premier League Campaign, coming back from the brink of defeat in his two games against Whitlock and Baxter to salvage a point from both. Lewis lost to the in-form King in his first match, then destroyed Barney, putting in one of his finest televised performances to date.
The prices on Lewis are skinny enough, considering he has the ability to blow hot and cold and you never know what Jackpot will turn up. I'd be confident enough of a Lewis victory, but I wouldn't want to be playing at too short a price. However, I can see this being a high scoring game and the 180 markets are where we want to be playing.
Recommend:2 units @ 5/6.
Simon Whitlock Vs Raymond van Barneveld. Is Barney on his way out? Is Whitlock the next big thing? Well, it's probably no to both, but you never know. Barney hasn't been playing anywhere near his best darts over the past 2 years or so, while Whitlock's performance at the Ally Pally announced a huge new arrival on the darts scene. Whitlock has been made favourite with most books, but he's yet to win in the Premier League, while Barney has the scalp of James Wade. However, Whitlock has made his excuses (jet lag and then an injured heel) and he no claims he's ready to go. This was proven over the weekend where he made a run to the last 16 in Swindon on Saturday, then made the final on Sunday, losing to Mervyn King. However, what this game hinges on is what mind-set Barney is in. If Barney can put in one vintage performance, or even just a few vintage legs, Whitlock might buckle like he did against Jenkins. I've not seen enough from Whitlock to justify backing him against Barney. However, I think this match will have a lot of legs in it, so I'm going for the 180 scoring again.
Over 7.5 180s in Whitlock Vs van Barneveld match: 6/5 @ Blue Square.
Recommend: 2 units @ 6/5.
Phil Taylor Vs James Wade:
Mr Premier League versus the 2009 Premier League Champion. Sadly, James Wade hasn't been playing anywhere near his best darts and seems to be lacking some confidence. Facing Phil Taylor will most likely not help this. Simply put, Taylor should win this and win it comfortably. I have no interest in backing Taylor at skinny odds and Wade's form is enough to put me off backing him, even with counterfeit. Simply put, as it's the last match on, I might even call it a night once the walk-on girls have left the stage.
Recommend: No bet.
So, that's your Premier League Darts Week 3 tips. I hope you enjoy the matches and if you're going, have a great night, have some winning bets and you can toast us here at Darts Betting Tips with one of those giant beers they sell. If you're not and you're at home watching it, toast us with whatever your poison is! Happy betting!