Premier League Lucky 15 from Sky Sports’ John Gwynne
The Premier League Darts road-show storms into the Steel City on Thursday, and we’ve had an exclusive chat with Sky Sports’ commentator John Gwynne, who’s given us a Lucky 15 on the action.
Due to the withdrawal of Wayne Mardle, there will be only two games from the league. These will be preceded by two exhibition matches, with appearances from youngster Adrian Lewis and veteran Dennis Priestley.
The four games each have their own favourites, and we’ve grouped them all into one enhanced odds accumulator of 11/4. You can bet on that by clicking the link, but for John’s exclusive views on the games, read on:
The first of the exhibition matches features a player who would have loved to have been involved in the action, Adrian Lewis. Jackpot is the outsider at 9/4 up against Raymond van Barneveld. Barney is, as you would expect, the favourite in the betting at 1/3. John fancies Raymond to win this best-of-thirteen clash 7-5, a 9/2 shot.
In the second friendly, before the real action starts, darts’ main man – Phil Taylor – renews his rivalry with Dennis Priestley. Unsurprisingly, The Power is the huge odds-on favourite to win, priced at 1/10. The Menace is 11/2 to win (there’s no draw remember), and John thinks he won’t – he’s going with Phil to once again get the better of his old rival 7-4, which is available at 9/2.
Neither Terry Jenkins nor John Part can qualify for the semi-final night at Wembley Arena, but, according to John, they'll both want to go out with their heads held high. For that reason, he thinks the 7-7 draw is the most likely result, at 4/1. The Bull is evens to beat Darth Maple, who’s a 6/4 shot.
Undoubtedly the player of the tournament so far, James Wade is the deserved favourite to beat his Dutch opponent Jelle Klaasen. The Machine is a big jolly at 3/10, the draw is available at 6/1, and The Matador is priced at 4/1. John believes James will hand out an 8-4 defeat to Jelle, which has odds of 5/1.
Be sure to join us when the action kicks off at 19:10 - when it gets underway you'll still be able to get a bet on. Whatever happens up on the stage, our betlive service will have all the angles covered.