Mardle worth a shout? Get out
Premier League Darts travels to Scotland for the second week of the 2009 season as the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh is the venue for this week's darting spectacular.
The opening week was all glitz, glamour and fireworks - and some half-decent arrows, of course. We're expecting more of the same and William Hill will be supporting the showpiece with our biggest range of darts betting both before and during each match.
We're also trying to save you time and effort by grouping the night's favourites into a 5/1 specially enhanced accumulator.
Let's run through the evening, match-by-match.
The only reason Mardle's in this tournament is because Hawaii 501 is as much part of the show as the walk-on music and girls and the big audiences. He's a crowd pleaser but he's certainly not here on dart-playing merit. He was rocked 8-1 by debutant Mervyn King last week and odds of 8/11 say that Terry Jenkins will win this encounter.
This battle between two former World Champions should kick the evening off with a bang. Neither are in the best form of their lives but that's more because they've played at such a high level rather than them playing badly at present. Barney was unfortunate to be drawn against Phil Taylor in the opening round of the Premier League and, while the 8-4 result looked like a drubbing, he showed he's good enough to beat most in the league - hence the 2/5 odds and his inclusion in our favourites accumulator.
Part showed glimpses of his best drawing against Wade last week but Barney needs this win and should do so.
Phil Taylor will take to the stage with the usual fanfare and probably more against the young Dutch star Jelle Klaasen. You can't see Klaasen getting anything out of this game given Taylors current form - he's playing the best darts of his life. Klaasen is a capable "dartist" himself and could nick a leg or two. Bet on the correct score of Taylor to win 8-2 at 6/1 or 8-1 at 7/1 as the 1/6 for Taylor to win the match is too short.
The last match of the evening is a mouth-watering affair. James Wade was not his usual self last week, coming out with a draw against a spirited John Part. As the Even Money favourite to beat Premier League debutant Mervyn King you're getting value on the single. King excelled himself in his 8-1 defeat of Mardle and has surely finished off any thoughts that he's just another former-BDO also ran. His 11/8 is tempting but the draw could be the bet here.