Premier League Darts Night Four: Scotland fans are in for a treat
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | February 24, 2016
Premier League Darts 2016
- Night Four
- Thursday, February 25th
- Session from: 19:15-22:30
- GE Gas & Oil Arena, Aberdeen
- Live on Sky Sports 1
All-Scottish clash to entertain home crowd
Premier League Darts’ Scotland stars return to their homeland at both ends of the table, ahead of Night Four at the GE Gas & Oil Arena in Aberdeen.
Peter Wright leads the way and is the only man to still have a 100 per cent record, while defending champion Gary Anderson and Robert Thornton sit rock bottom with nil points.
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The clash of the week is no doubt The Flying Scotsman’s duel with Raymond van Barneveld, while another former Premier League winner James Wades takes on World Championship finalist Adrian Lewis.
Phil Taylor, meanwhile, faces a tough challenge against Dave Chisnall and Snakebite tussles with The Thorn in an all-Scottish cash to entertain the home crowd.
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
While Lewis (10/11 odds-on match favourite with Coral) lost just once to Wade (2/1) in five matches last year, The Machine actually boasts a 26-16 winning record over his fellow Englishman.
Both are on the same number of points so far this season, with four, although Wade has played one more after Thornton pulled out through illness on Night Two.
This could be close during the opening legs, but back Lewis to come through with a 7-4 scoreline at 9/2.
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Both stars will feel that they are playing the other at the perfect time, as usually it takes the duo a bit of time to get running before being almost unstoppable towards the end of the season when in full flight.
Barney (13/5) boasts a 14-9 winning record over world and Premier League champ Anderson (8/11) and he already sits four points above the Scot, despite having played a game more, which makes the Dutchman’s match odds highly tempting.
On top of that, The Flying Scotsman tends to feel the nerves a bit more when playing in front of his home crowd. Though, having won the last two duels with Van Barneveld and drawing in this fixture last year, back a share of the spoils again at 7/2.
Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
Bully Boy (13/2) finally got his first point on the board last week against Chisnall, after a tough baptism of fire to the Premier League claiming just seven legs from his opening three fixtures, but now goes up against world number one Mighty Mike (1/4).
In the battle between the two youngest stars of this competition, Smith has never really enjoyed facing Van Gerwen (only one year his senior), having lost the last three convincingly and 14 of 18 meetings against him. The last two of which came this year.
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
A close match is certainly in the cards here, as Taylor (4/5) goes up against the person who made the play-offs last year at his expense for the first tie ever in the Premier League.
The Power may boast a 20-8 record against Chizzy (12/5), but they’ve taken turns beating the other in their last six head-to-heads, with the all-time great claiming the most recent one.
Another close clash could be on the cards here, so a draw is priced at 7/2. But, if you fancy Taylor to continue his return to form, he is 7/1 to edge it 7-5.
Peter Wright v Robert Thornton
To cap off the evening, the Scotland crowd will almost certainly stay until the end, as two of their own lock horns.
With Wright’s dancing moves to ‘Don’t Stop the Party’ by Pitbull and Thornton’s walk-on song being ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by The Proclaimers, the duo have the perfect entrances to set the GE Gas & Oil Arena alight.
The Thorn (7/2) improved from his 7-0 whitewashing by Chizzy as he almost somehow snatched a point off Barney last week but, with Snakebite (8/15) looking like a man of a mission, back him to win 7-2 at 11/2.
Coral’s top tip: Back Barney and Anderson to battle out a draw at 7/2.