Premier League Darts Night Three: All 10 stars to feature for first time
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | February 17, 2016
Premier League Darts 2016
- Night Three
- Thursday, February 18th
- Session from: 19:15-22:30
- 3Arena, Dublin
- Live on Sky Sports 1
Anderson takes on resurgent Taylor in match of the night
We’re now into the third week of the 2016 Premier League Darts, and just two arrowsmiths have kept 100 per cent records so far with Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright leading the way, along with James Wade who’s played one match more.
Night Three sees a number of tasty ties yet again, with all 10 set to feature for the first time this season after illnesses, and the most high profile is between current world and Premier League champion Gary Anderson and all-time great Phil Taylor.
Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen takes on the in-form Lewis, while Peter Wright and James Wade open the evening. But can Michael Smith and Robert Thornton earn their first victories over Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld respectively?
Read on for a more in-depth preview from Coral of the five fixtures in Dublin…
Peter Wright v James Wade
What a clash to kick off the evening, as unbeaten Snakebite and Mighty Mike’s conqueror The Machine collide on the oche in a bid to be the first person this campaign to post six points on the board.
Wright goes into this match-up as the 11/10 favourite, following his wins over Smith and Barney, though he has a 13-5 losing record against Wade (7/4), who played twice last week in Thornton’s absence.
The Scot has claimed three of the last five, however, and is a tempting 15/2 shout to edge this 7-5.
Dave Chisnall v Michael Smith
Chizzy (10/11 odds-on match favourite) got off to the perfect start on Night One, becoming only the sixth star in the Premier League to record a whitewash, at the expense of Thornton in Leeds.
His next opponent is against fellow St Helens native Smith (2/1), and he will hope that the event newcomer continues his poor start.
But everyone knows Bully Boy’s talent, and these two 180 specialists are 2/1 to provide the most maximums of the night in their duel.
Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson
Who knows what Taylor (6/4) or Anderson (5/4 favourite) will turn up this Thursday, but it is most likely the highly-competitive veterans will get the best out of each other.
The Flying Scotsman has lost his only fixture to date, after missing out on Leeds due to illness, while The Power recorded a whopping 111.20 average last time out to thrash Wade after his defeat to Barney.
With the duo winning five matches apiece from their 10 meetings in 2015, a draw is the most likely outcome here at 10/3. They are also the same price for their clash to provide the highest checkout of Night Three.
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Another tasty tussle is on the cards in Dublin, this time between two former world champions Van Gerwen and Lewis, who are likely to thrill the crowd with their quick-fire high-scoring. They are 2/1 to produce the most 180s of the evening.
Mighty Mike got over his Night One defeat to Wade by convincingly beating Anderson in Newcastle 7-3 with a 111.88 average and, having won the last five clashes with Jackpot (7/2 match chance), is the odds-on favourite at 1/2 to do so again.
It should be close, though, so take a more enticing 7/1 price for the Dutchman to triumph 7-5.
Robert Thornton v Raymond van Barneveld
The Thorn returns to the city where he won the World Grand Prix last October, but that was just about his only success since as his form has dramatically dipped.
After getting smashed 7-0 on Night One to Chisnall, Thornton (12/5 match shout) took a break due to illness too, so it remains to be seen if he is now fit and raring to go or lacking match practice.
The mercurial Barney (4/5 odds-on favourite) is his next opponent, and will be looking to make up for his disappointment last week when missing the chance to go 5-2 up against Wright at one stage. Van Barneveld will hope to draw inspiration from his 7-2 demolition of Taylor in Leeds, and so he is 11/2 to win 7-3 this time.