Players praying for luck in Week 13 of PL Darts for top four finish
With just three rounds to go of the normal Premier League Darts season, tension is hotting up to finish in the play-offs, and Week 13 in Birmingham sees colossal giants of the sport Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld go head-to-head.
Robert Thornton v Dave Chisnall
Thornton (6/5 to win), who can not mathematically qualify for the play-offs anymore as he is seven points off the pace, challenges top-four chasing Chisnall (6/4 slight favourite) in the opening battle of the evening.
The Englishman, along with Taylor, has played one game less than the rest of the league, and Chisnall certainly needs one victory, preferably both, out of his two in Week 13 to keep his play-off chances alive. When they last fought, the score was 7-5 in Chizzy’s favour, so take odds of 5/1 for him to repeat that feat.
Scotsman Thornton, despite gaining just a point from his two matches last round in Manchester, surprisingly recorded the highest checkout of the night with 137. Back him at 10/1 to do so again.
Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor
Old foes, but friends, Taylor and Van Barneveld lock horns in what could be another mouth-watering battle between the legends. The Dutchman sits higher in the table and is just one win (at 3/1) from securing a play-off spot, but it is six-time champion Taylor who goes into this match odds-on favourite at 4/7.
The Power is under the most pressure for victory here, being in fourth place and just ahead on leg difference to Gary Anderson, but these are the type of situations he thrives on. Taylor and Barney are both in fantastic form of late in the league and it is hard to see past another draw (4/1), as was the result when the duo duelled in Week 8.
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
Both these players have won this competition once, but it is the current holder and league leader Van Gerwen (6/5 for the title) who understandably goes into this head-to-head as odds-on favourite at 4/7.
Anderson, however, has not lost in his last four, and will probably need at least a point against Might Mike to stay in the play-off hunt. A draw would also suit Van Gerwen, as it would mean securing his top four place with two matches to go. Take odds of 4/1 for the spoils to be shared.
Adrian Lewis v Peter Wright
Lewis is in the worst form of any of the remaining league players, having lost his last four, and will be all but out of the top-four race with defeat again. Snakebite Wright is also in bad form, but recorded his first victory in four last week against compatriot Thornton.
On paper this is tough to decide, as Coral’s odds of 13/10 for both players to win suggest, but the ever-charismatic Wright should beat Lewis here to enhance his play-off finish and aims to get the title in his debut season (12/1). A draw is priced at 7/2, however, if you can’t decide.
Dave Chisnall v Phil Taylor
The English pair had a close encounter when they faced each other in Week 6, with the result being a 7-5 victory to Taylor, and that scoreline is a decent bet to take again at 9/2.
Taylor (odds-on at 2/5 to win) and Chisnall (4/1) will both feel they need to beat the other here. If the latter secures victory against Thornton earlier in the evening, the pressure will be slightly off, and a draw at 5/1 would be a great achievement for the round for him.