Rod's Odds - Premier League Darts Week 4
Last week 7,800 fans were privy to the Robert Thornton show. He got out of the gate quicker than a Derby winning greyhound with an 105 average and imposed so much heavy scoring on Gary Anderson that not even his prolific scoring power had an answer.
Phil Taylor lost for the third consecutive match and this time it was Peter Wright who again changed his darts to a straight barrel to try and inflict some heavier scoring on Taylor - boy did that work!
Michael Van Gerwen beat Dave Chisnall, however for the Chizzy fans a 100 plus average is encouraging, but Van Gerwen is going to take some stopping this year, his overall game is brilliant.
A below par Adrian Lewis saw him lose to a more consistent Wes Newton and the same with Raymond Van Barneveld when beating Simon Whitlock.
This week we travel North to Glasgow. If the players thought that last week was noisy they are in for an awakening because the Scottish crowd can outvoice most people.
Who will hold their bottle in the boiling pot?
First game up sees Peter Wright taking on Adrian Lewis and the form books say that Wright should win this. The bookies have it the other way and for me the form book should be looked at. We know what Adi can do when he starts firing but that consistency that Wright is producing game on game should get him over the line.
Wright to nick it (6/4). The bet for me is over 11.5 legs at 6/5.
Robert Thornton takes on Wes Newton in the second match and this could be where the crowd plays a part in the outcome. Mix that with the way Thornton played last week and it's very hard to back against him. Newton's grit and determination has shown that he is becoming a quality player and this match will be another learning curve in his career.
Got to go with Thornton (Even Money), however have a look at Newton for the highest checkout of the night he is always getting darts at the bullseye for the big ones, he just might take one out this week. William Hill are 5/1 there are three or more 100+ checkouts in the match. Also Wes is Evens for the highest in the match.
Game three is a must win for both Phil Taylor and Simon Whitlock because the loser stares relegation in the face and a draw does nothing for either player.
Taylor, although he lost to Wright last week, still had over a 100 average and, for me, a few missed doubles are causing the problem early on. Whitlock had an ear infection that stopped him flying to Ireland so had an horrendous trip on the ferry but in my opinion is not on form by a long shot.
Taylor for me will start his Premier League this week to the detriment of Whitlock.
Taylor win at 4/9. Taylor most 180s, highest checkout and win is 3/1.
The game of the night is when Van Gerwen takes on Van Barneveld and you would be a silly man to back against the younger Dutchman at the moment. We know how good Barney can be but the meat and guts that he will need to win this has been missing for a while.
Michael will be up for this match big time as he wants to prove again he is the number one and the man to beat.
Van Gerwen win is 8/15. He's 2/1 for most 180s, highest checkout and the win.
Last game up sees two of the big treble twenty hitters in Dave Chisnall and Gary Anderson. This game is a hard one to call, both players are great scorers but both sometimes take a while to get going. Anderson won a tour event at the weekend but Chizzy could easily do what Thornton did last week so the draw is the result for me.
The draw (4/1) or over 11.5 legs in the match (11/10).
Also in this match have a look at the most 180s of the 5 games because both these players could hit at least 6 apiece and if one of them starts then the other will follow. It's the favourite but a tasty 9/4.
The treble for me is Thornton, Taylor and Van Gerwen which pays a little over 17/5.
Anderson v Chisnall most 180s which is 9/4
Wes Newton at Even Money for the highest checkout in his match.
For fun there's 7/1 a 9 darts leg on the night. If you really fancy the 9 take 16/1 it happens in the Dutch encounter.