Premier League Darts Week 5: Taylor hoping to overpower Machine
Coal writers preview Week 5 of the Premier League Darts in Exeter, where arguably four of the five fixtures on paper could be seen a very one-sided.
Raymond van Barneveld v Kim Huybrechts
Defending champion Barney (11/10 for victory) claimed his first win of the league this season last time out against Stephen Bunting to stay in contention for a top four finish, and he should take confidence in that by beating Belgian Huybrechts (7/4) too.
The Hurricane, who has just one point so far, though, has remarkably won all six of his meetings with Van Barneveld, with the majority of them being close affairs, so take tempting odds of 11/2 for him to triumph 7-5. A draw is 10/3.
James Wade v Phil Taylor
Six-time champion Taylor (odds-on at 4/7) and 2009 winner Wade (10/3) meet with the former just one place and a point ahead of the latter this season.
The Power (3/1 title second-favourite) may have a whopping 41-7 career victory advantage over The Machine, but Wade has triumphed in two of the last four matches against the all-time great.
Adrian Lewis v Stephen Bunting
This could be the closest match of the night in terms of ability, and you can back a draw at 4/1.
Lewis has won their only head-to-head 6-4, which was just over a year ago, and he is odds-on at 8/13 to beat Bunting (3/1), who has struggled in his debut Premier League competition as he sits bottom on one point, again.
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Title favourite Van Gerwen (13/8) has been in bullish form this tournament so far, easily dispatching of Bunting, Huybrechts and world champion Gary Anderson, as he tops the table going into Week 5.
Mighty Mike is heavily odds-on at 1/3 to beat Wright (11/2) too, and a more enticing 4/1 to do so by the same 7-5 scoreline he defeated Snakebite by twice in last year’s Premier League. A draw is a tempting 5/1, meanwhile, as the Scotsman shared the spoils in his previous two matches against Taylor and Van Barneveld, while MVG did so against Lewis.
Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson
Chizzy (12/5 for victory) has been in great form this tournament so far, and he is still undefeated after beating Wright, Barney and Huybrechts, to put him in second place.
However, he faces his toughest test up next against recent PDC World Championship winner and last year’s Premier League semi-finalist Anderson (odds-on at 4/5), who has triumphed in his last four meetings with Chisnall. Two of those were in this competition in 2014 by a 7-5 result, and the Flying Scotsman is 4/1 for victory by that scoreline once more.