Well, 2-1 last week, thanks to Mervy King bottling it against Ronnie Baxter. Still, a good night of darts, some impressive performance and, most importantly, a lot of 180s. But we still made a profit, which is, as always, the main thing.
Let's get right to our selections for this week.
James Wade Vs Adrian Lewis:
Wade really hasn't been great so far in the Premier League, whilst Lewis looked good in the first two weeks, then got done last week by Terry Jenkins when putting in a very average performance by Lewis' high standards that he's shown this year. Still, Lewis is showing the potential, whilst Wade seems to be "doing a Barney" and coming back to the chasing pack.
Both players are excellent on their day and if they both bring it, we could get a fantastic start to the night. However, I still question whether Wade's head is in the right place, even if he's doing OK in the floor tournaments. The 180s line is exactly where I would put it and there is no value to be had there. Both players can take out big outs on their day, but they're also known to blow hot and cold on their double, so we'll leae the highest checkout alone. We have to take Lewis, but the draw no bet option is out best bet, as the price is still very, very nice.
Recommend: 2 units @ Evens.
Ronnie Baxter Vs Simon Whitlock:
Whitlock finally got his first win in the Premier League last week by defeating Raymond van Barneveld and he'll be hoping to keep his impressive start to his PDC career going by doing Ronnie Baxter. Baxter is no pushover, having defied the bookies last week and took out the undefeated Mervyn King after two reverse in floor tournmaments the weekend before.
Whitlock is a short enough price and Baxter is almost worth a punt at the odds. However, Whitlock's finish against Van Barneveld was out of this world and there are very few players (maybe only one) that can live with a player taking about shots like Whitlock does. That being said, both Whitlock and Baxter can take out some big outs, as Baxter proved last week, having the highest checkout of the night. The 180s line is a tad skinny, as Baxter isn't always a power 180s scorer in the vein that Whitlock is. Again, it's been set perfectly.
Recommend: 1.5 units @ 5/6.
Mervyn King Vs Terry Jenkins:
Terry Jenkins continued his strong start to the Premier League campaign with a good win over Adrian Lewis last week. Last week saw Mervyn King lose his undefeated status and he'll obviously be hoping to bounce back against Mr Consistently Inconsistent. That being said, the same title could also apply to King. This will be a tight match and it's price up like that, with King around Evens, which is a fair enough price. However, Jenkins isn't a mug and if King plays like he did last week, Jenkins could wipe the floor with him. Again, we'll have a dabble in the draw-no bet market for this one.
Terry Jenkins to beat Mervyn King (Draw -no bet): 5/4 @ Blue Square.
Recommend: 1 unit @ 5/4.
Phil Taylor Vs Raymond van Barneveld: I think it's safe to say that the days of this being the marquee match are almost dead and buried. Barney seems to have given up the ghost, while Taylor is constantly finding new ways to improve his game. Now, while The Power hasn't been at his mercurial best, he's undefeated and put in two great performances in floor tournaments over the weekend (winning one and finishing second in the other) to show he's still the one to beat.
As with most Taylor games, the win market is justifiably shocking. 2/7, anyone? I thought not. We won't get rich backing those ones. The handicap at -3.5 shows just what the market thinks of Barney's form. It isn't worth a job, but neither is the handicap market. Taylor destroyed the so-called "Heir Apparent" last week and he should do the same to Barney. However, let's just watch this one and see if we can see something fantastic.
Recommend: No bet.
So, enjoy the darts tonight if you're going or if you're staying at home watching it on Sky Sports. But, most importantly, happy betting.
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