Rod's Odds - Premier League Darts Week 2
Last week Liverpool saw some results that no-one could predict, even us insiders. Phil Taylor, for the first time ever, was beaten to nil by Mighty Mike. It was the only the third match that Taylor had played in over two months, and he bounced back last weekend with some superb performances in the three UK Open qualifiers in Wigan. On Sunday he won the event, hitting two perfect nine dart legs on the way, one in the winning leg, so normal service has been resumed.
Van Barneveld's was another performance that was exceptional. He flew out of the gate and didn't let up. A nine dart leg was on the cards, however the eighth dart let him down, but a convincing win nonetheless.
Other wins for Dave Chisnall, turning his form around, and Peter Wright, going back to his World Championship darts as promised. Adrian Lewis was another high class performer over Simon Whitlock.
This week the Premier League moves to the South coast, from the BIC in Bournemouth, and this may suit certain players, as there will not be the six or seven thousand spectators that the other arenas hold.
This for me is one of the bankers of the night, Big Barney will be coming in with lots of confidence after last week's match. I spoke to him at the weekend, and he tells me is now playing with the set-up of dart, stem and flight that he beat Taylor with in the 2005 World Championship. (I know, why change in the first place?). For me, Newton will have to throw around a 110 average in the first four legs to try and get in front of Barney, and try to put some doubt in his head.
Barney win (4/7) and perhaps minus 2.5 on the handicap for that extra value at Evens. Like last week, Barney highest checkout (8/13).
This for me will be the closest game of the night and a hard one to call. Both players put in a good strong performance last week and also played well at the weekend.
There is no question that Chizzy will win the 180s.
Hard match to call. Perhaps the a draw (4/1) but the bets for me are Chizzy most 180s (2/5) and over 11.5 legs in the match (11/10).
Both these players need to put a win on the board after last week's matches, and things did not improve that much at the weekend. I feel the winner will come from the player that gets out quickly and then holds on to the lead.
Another match that could be a draw (7/2), none of my money would go on the win.
Bets for me are over 5.5 180s in the match at 4/6 (Anderson on a streak could hit that many on his own) and over 11.5 legs in the match (11/10).
This is the match-up of the night for me. They played the final on Sunday, which Taylor won and finished off with a 9 dart leg.
If Lewis is to win then he needs to take the lead from the start. If not, then Taylor will pile on the pressure and take the game by perhaps a few legs.
Lewis most 180s (8/13) and to throw over 3.5 in the match (4/5). Also the highest checkout of the match to be over 121.5 (5/6); I fancy that going in this match.
Taylor fans, you won't get a bet on him at 11/10 to win a match very often.
Although Thornton is one of the more solid players, I just feel that he will find it hard to win this over a very upbeat and lively Mighty Mike. His confidence at the moment, especially after the whitewash of Taylor, is sky high and we could see another top performance from the Dutchman.
Van Gerwen for the straight win is not a lot of value unless trebled up so take the 9/4 Match Treble on him to win the match, throw most 180s and hit the highest checkout. If you like the outside bets what about the 9 dart leg (16/1) and the 170 finish (7/1) in the match.
My bets of the night for the big punters are:
Chisnall most 180s over Wright (2/5)
Lewis the same over Taylor (8/13)
Double pays bigger than 5/4.
Anderson v Whitlock over 5.5 180s (4/6)
Treble pays over 11/4
As an outside double paying over 17/5
Chisnall game over 11.5 legs (11/10) and Anderson game over 11.5 legs (11/10).