Premier League Darts Week 3: Van Gerwen out for Anderson revenge
Coral preview Week 3 of Premier League Darts, that will take place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. Home hope Stephen Bunting faces another tough test, but will be hoping for his first victory of the competition against six-time champion Phil Taylor on his own stomping ground.
But the match of the evening is between past Premier league winners Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen, with Mighty Mike hoping to gain revenge after the Flying Scotsman dumped him out of the PDC World Championship semis.
Here is a preview for each of the night’s fixtures…
James Wade v Dave Chisnall
Pre-tournament joint-favourite to finish in the bottom two Chisnall is one of only three players this season to gave gained maximum points in the table, after he thrashed Peter Wright before edging reining champion Raymond van Barneveld last time out.
Wade, though, claimed a creditable draw against Bunting and then made light work of beating another Premier League debutant in Kim Huybrechts. The Machine also boasts an 8-4 record over Chisnall (8/5 to win), and is the 11/10 favourite to triumph again. A draw is tempting at 10/3.
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Neither player even has a point this season yet, so a 6-6 result may be the best shout, also at 10/3. However, defending champion Barney (6/5 favourite) has a 7-1 winning record over Snakebite (8/5), who has just two legs from his opening two matches.
Phil Taylor v Stephen Bunting
Bunting only switched to the PDC a year ago, but he has already made a name for himself. The Liverpool lad has started slowly in his debut season in the PL, though has at least gained a point. He is an enticing 10/3 chance to beat The Power on home turf.
But Taylor bounced back, after losing to Anderson yet again, by defeating Adrian Lewis last time out, and is the 8/15 odds-on favourite for victory here. The six-time champion is a more enticing 15/2 chance for a 7-5 victory. A draw is 4/1, meanwhile.
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
In the biggest battle of the night, past Premier League champions Van Gerwen (in 2013) and Anderson (2011) collide. Both have won their opening fixtures this season and are, therefore, 7/2 to draw.
The Scotsman (2/1 chance), though, beat Mighty Mike (10/11) recently in the World Championship semis, and in the group stage of this competition last year too. He won 7-4 that day, so is 11/1 to beat him by that scoreline again.
Adrian Lewis v Kim Huybrechts
Lewis began the season in terrific fashion, by smashing Van Barneveld 7-1 whilst averaging a whopping 113.80, but was then brought back down to earth, losing 7-2 to Taylor the following week.
Jackpot and Belgian Huybrechts have similar head-to-head records (7-5 respectively), but the former has won the last six, so is odds-on favourite at 8/15. The Hurricane, who has lost his opening matches this season, is a 10/3 chance.