Get ready for some Bel-fast and furious darts
The stars of Premier League Darts will cross the Irish Sea tonight for the fourth round of the campaign, at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.
Over 5,000 fans – no doubt fuelled by the odd pint of the black stuff, dressed in bizarre costumes and chanting the famous theme tune – will be cheering on their favourite players.
You’ll be cheering on favourites of a different kind if you take advantage of this special bet. We’ve taken the four players we think will take the two points, and put them into one fantastic enhanced odds multiple of 6/1.
Darth Maple is the only man other than the mighty Phil Taylor (more of him later) to win the PDC World Championship more than once. He’s also won the BDO version of the title, one of only a select few to have won both.
Unfortunately, those successes have yet to transform into any victories in this year’s Premier League. He’s priced at 6/5 to notch his first win this evening, which could move him as high as third in the table.
Hawaii 501 will almost certainly have the crowd on his side for this match, and he’ll be buoyed by his magnificent victory over Jelle Klaasen last week.
However, it remains the case that for all his flamboyancy – the crazy shirts, inflatable palm trees, and jumping around the stage – he still doesn’t perform as well as he would like to in this format. It’s probably fair to say he didn’t get the Sky Sports wild-card for his darting prowess…
Mardle is the outsider of the pair in the betting at 11/8, while the draw is a 7/2 shot. Even though the odds suggest it could be a close match, John Part is the more likely to win, and is therefore the favourite, and first up in the accumulator.
Since joining the PDC two years ago, The King has enjoyed a meteoric rise to sixth in the world, and it’s only a matter of time before he breaks into the top five. The 42-year-old has been in breathtaking form in his debut in the Premier League, winning all three of his matches while dropping only four legs.
Even against a player of his opponent’s quality, we’ve still made him a strong odds-on chance, with a price of 4/9 offered about him taking the points.
The Matador is the youngest ever world champion, having won the BDO title at the age of 21. He was impressive in his run to the quarter-final of the PDC event earlier this year, but eventually lost to fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld (who threw a nine-darter in one leg).
Klaasen is yet to win in his three matches, and it doesn’t look likely he’ll break his duck tonight. He’s 7/2 to pull off what would be a shock result, and the draw is deemed even less plausible at 9/2. Obviously, it’s Mervyn King who makes the enhanced bet.
Now officially ranked second in the world, The Machine has been hit-and-miss so far in this year’s tournament. Having capitulated against King a fortnight ago, he came out last week and beat Van Barneveld with relative ease – he’s 11/2 to make it two wins on the bounce.
However, standing in the way of that second victory just happens to be the greatest player the game has ever seen.
The Power is undoubtedly a darting legend. Fourteen-time world champion, four-time Premier League champion (there have only been four Premier Leagues), countless other-time champion of everything there is to win, the list goes on.
A draw tonight, should you think it can happen, is priced at 5/1, but Phil Taylor is unsurprisingly the favourite. He’s a big odds-on shot at 2/7, so is the penultimate leg in the special bet.
The Bull has turned into a draw specialist this year. He sits third in the table after recording three consecutive 7-7 scorelines – including, surprisingly, in last week’s tussle with Taylor. He’s 4/1 to repeat the trick in tonight’s match, or 5/2 to break the mould and win instead.
Barney, though, will have other ideas on his mind. He currently sits rooted at the bottom of the league without a win to his name, and will want to put that right this evening. ‘The Barney Army’ should be in full voice by the time he steps up to the oche, and you’ll get 8/13 on your money should the five-time world champ give his fans something to cheer about.
Raymond van Barneveld completes the acca.
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