Another week, another Premier League Darts post. It was a good week of darts last week. It was further proof that Barney is probably not likely to beat Phil Taylor on stage any time soon. It also confirmed that Simon Whitlock is tryin to overtake Terry Jenkins as the most inconsistent player on the circuit and Adrian Lewis mesmerised when he was able to pull out some finishes.
Now, we're over halfway through the Premier League Darts season and we're still only sure that Phil Taylor is the man to beat, while Mervyn King might well be the heir apparent. So, we're nearing the home straight for the tournament and it's time to make some more money.
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Adrian Lewis Vs Raymond van Barneveld:
Well, Lewis did what everyone knows he can do last week and averaged around 100 on TV. He beat James Wade in a scrappy encounter and didn't actually put in a big finish. However, he did what he needed to do: score well, as his finishing has been nothing short of abysmal. Barney put in a 90 average against a dominant Phil Taylor and didn't look like he was even worth his two legs. If I had missed the match and someone told me Taylor won 8-0, I wouldn't have been surprised. Barney is blowing hot and cold...well, mostly cold.
So, what do we do about this match? Well, both men are arond the same price, with the market marginally favouring Lewis. I can't say I blame them. However, both men are enigmas and if Barney starts putting in big check outs, he can easily punish Lewis who tends to need a few chances for his checkouts. However, I can't split the pair and I don't like backing the draw in Premier League matches, so a bet on the win market isn't for us.
However, we like the look of the highest checkout of the match. Both men's highest checkout was well under the current line and Barney still only has 1 checkout over 100 in the Premier League campaign and Lewis' finishing seems to be deserting him. So, the line at 121.5 and the under being odds-against is a bit of a treat.
Recommend: 2 units @ 11/10.
Simon Whitlock Vs Terry Jenkins:
I saw this match and instantly thought to myself, "Arrrgghh!" My two favourite inconsistent players facing each other. Simon Whitlock threw a 91 average in his defeat to Ronnie Baxter. Terry Jenkins averaged 90 in his heavy defeat to Mervyn King. The finishing of both men wasn't up to their usual high standard, either. Whitlock's best was 75 and Jenkins beat him with a 76. We know both men can hammer in big checkouts and they can also put in the 180s.
Whitlock's price is odds-on with all bookies, but they can't agree on how short he should be. Jenkins' price is also a bit over the place, although not as much. I wouldn't want to be backing Whitlock at odds-on after seeing his performances in the league and I think Jenkins represents the value here if he can find some sort of consistency over a few legs. With that in mind, Stan James have his price just slightly too big and so we'll have a small dabble on that.
Recommend: 0.5 unit @ 12/5.
Ronnie Baxter Vs Phil Taylor:
Baxter has been the surprise package of the Premier League. He's been throwing some good darts, taking out some huge checkouts and even gave Mr Phillip Taylor a run for his money in their first encounter in the league this year. Yes, Taylor ended up an 8-5 winner, but Baxter was leading 4-2 at the break. I honestly thought Baxter would be the whipping boy in the league this year, but I'm glad to say I was wrong. I like Baxter a lot and I'm glad to see him doing well.
That being said, Baxter's averages are going down compared to the heady heights of the first few weeks and it may not be enough to take on Phil Taylor, who has been impressive in the league, if a bit slow to start. So, unlike the last two weeks, we're going back to not having a bet on Phil Taylor's matches. The prices are about right and I can't see us having an edge anywhere.
Recommend: No bet.
Mervyn King Vs James Wade:
The heir to the #2 crown, Mervyn King takes on the man they tipped to take over from Phil Taylor. It's like both men have switched games, with King sitting second in the league, with Wade sitting 5th and playing some shocking darts at times. King claims he still isn't bringing his A-game and Wade definitely isn't. What we do know is that if both men bring their best game, it'll be one of the matches of the year and would have the potential to go all the way.
However, we also know that James Wade hasn't been a patch on his form of 12-24 months ago and King can' be a bit awful at times (look at his match against Simon Whitlock to see both a great performance and a shocking performance from King). The bookies are slightly favouring King and I do too. Wade averaged around 96 in defeat to Adrian Lewis and didn't put in a finish over 75. Wade's strength used to be his finishing and it seems to have deserted him, much like it has Lewis. He won't get too many chances against a player in the form that King is in. King will batter in some high scores and some high checkouts and Wade will have to bring whatever he can find of his A-game and hope it's good enough. I don't think it will be.
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