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Craig Porter 15th Apr 2009 - 13:49

Mardle in double trouble in the Premier League

Wayne Mardle has pulled out of tonight's Premier League darts through illness - read a new betting preview of tonight's revised fixtures

Wayne "Hawaii 501" Mardle plays twice in this week's Premier League of Darts in Nottingham and is unlikely to make any progress off the bottom of the table, justifying the 2/5 odds of him finishing there.

A virus left Mardle unable to play last week in Exeter meaning 2008 World Champion John Part faced two opponents on the night. The Canadian secured three points on the night - a feat that Mardle can't be expected to repeat.

We oppose him in both his games for this week's enhanced odds accumulator, where we take the favourites in all four of Week 11's games and combine them in one bet for your convenience and stick a little extra value on top for good measure.

This week we're paying 5/1 that Klaasen, van Barneveld, Wade and Taylor win their respective games on Thursday night. Bet now on the accumulator or read on for our betting preview of the night's action.

Wayne Mardle v Jelle Klaasen

This bottom-of-the-table clash would probably have been better before Mardle's illness. Missing last week's Premier League and the Pro Tour events at the weekend won't have improved Wayne's poor form. He's managed to win just 3.6 legs on average in his last five games, which included a surprise 7-7 draw with Raymond van Barneveld.

In contrast, Jelle Klaasen looks to have finally settled into the tournament. Four points in the last five matches, only losing to Barney and Phil Taylor, gave him 6.2 winning legs on average per match. He is 4/5 to win the match.

If you fancy a flutter to cheer on the Essex entertainer then how about 13/8 that Mardle hits the most 180s? He always manages to put a few in then lets himself down with his finishing. Klaasen, as with most of the Dutch players, often covers on 18 and 19 when the big shot is partially blocked.

Mervyn King v Raymond van Barneveld

Barney will be furious having lost to James Wade last week and Mervyn King is the unlucky person on that stage with him this week. The Dutchman seems to react to bad results by thumping his next opposition.

The week after losing 8-2 to Taylor it was John Part at the wrong end of an 8-1 beating. After drawing with Mardle he inflicted King's biggest defeat of the Premier League, 8-3.

Odds of 12/1 are available on a repeat of that scoreline and the same on 8-4. Raymond van Barneveld is 5/6 to win the match.

James Wade v Terry Jenkins

Easily the toughest game of the night to call as neither of these players have shown consistent form throughout this year's Premier League. Wade came out the 8-5 victor when they last met, which at odds of 4/1 is better value than the 4/7 favouritism for him to win the match, the reason why he features in our enhanced odds accumulator.

That comment suggests that the 5/2 price about Terry Jenkins winning is too big. Maybe so but while The Bull is capable of beating Wade the most he can expect tonight is his fifth draw of the league (9/2 if you're interested).

James Wade's got the darts and will win the first leg which you can take at 4/9. It wouldn't then be a surprise to see Jenkins hold his throw, break Wade and hold again to end up 3-1 before slumping to defeat as The Machine starts to warm up. First 4 legs correct ccore betting has 3-1 Jenkins at 4/1.

Wayne Mardle v Phil Taylor

white·wash n. -  A defeat in a game in which the loser scores no points.

That's the definition, now watch it happen on Thursday night. Taylor will be in no mood for mercy having drawn last week. He will take full advantage of Mardle having to play his second match of the night.

It's alwasy a surprise that Hawaii 501 has the energy to play a game of darts after all the excitement and bouncing around that goes on as he enters the arena. To do that twice in a night, and his first game against Klaasen will be a tough one, it is too much to ask of a man who has been laid up ill and out of practice.

Odds of 10/1 are available on a 8-0 win for Taylor.

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