Mighty Mike to take advantage of his PL Darts double in Aberdeen
Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis both face two matches in Week 11 of Premier League Darts, including against each other, and the former has a chance to further assert his lead at the top of the table. The GE Gas & Oil Arena, in Aberdeen, is the venue this round.
The big battle of the night is between title holder Van Gerwen (11/10 league favourite) and six-time champion Phil Taylor (9/4). Mighty Mike (6/5 to win the match) whitewashed The Power in the opening week of the season 7-0, but it is likely to be a closer encounter this time.
Taylor is now back on form, following his dreadful campaign start, having lost just once in his last seven, and has odds of 6/4 for victory and therefore remain in the play-off places. MVG, however, should be too good again for the darting legend, but back a close 7-5 score in the Dutchman’s favour at 15/2. It is 10/3 for a draw.
Van Gerwen’s second fight is the last of the night against play-off hopeful Lewis, who is one point behind the top four in sixth place. The Englishman’s form has slipped of late, as he has not won in his previous four, and is facing another defeat here again. Back Van Gerwen to get a victory in his second match of the night odds-on 4/5.
Lewis’ first fixture, meanwhile, is against another man on form, in Gary Anderson. The Scot has won two of his last three, including getting revenge on compatriot Peter Wright last round, after losing to him the previous week.
This could be a close battle, with both players also being on the same amount of points – Anderson ahead on leg difference – and a draw looks a good bet at 10/3. The 2011 league champion should be able to shake Lewis off, however, but expect a close encounter. Despite not being favourite, back Anderson at 13/8 for victory, and 8/1 to win 7-5.
Snakebite Wright, who tasted defeat in the Premier League for the first and second time in Week 10, hopes to prove his first half of the season was no fluke. The Scot will be happy to face Dave Chisnall this round – who has won just once in his last nine – and is priced at evens to beat the Englishman.
A 6-6 draw was the score when the duo played each other in Week Two, and Coral give odds of 7/2 for another share of the spoils. Wright is still in contention of finishing top, and will also be pleased he has a three-point cushion ahead of fifth place. You can back him at 9/1 to win the title in his debut campaign.
Following Raymond van Barneveld’s impressive victories over Chisnall and Wright in Week 10, he now finds himself in second place in the table, one point behind countryman Van Gerwen – who has a match in hand.
RVB has not lost in his last nine league games, and is odds-on for victory on the night at 4/5. He faces Robert Thornton, who is still recovering from an ankle injury, sustained in Week Nine during his defeat to Taylor.
Scotsman Thornton has just one win for the season so far and, being five points off the top four, looks set to miss out on the play-off places. Van Barneveld has never won this competition, but is a 10/1 to be crowned champion at the end of the season.