Rod's Odds - Premier League Darts Week 5
To say it going to be like chalk and cheese going from the mega crowd in Glasgow to the West Country in Exeter is probably the understatement of the year. When I stood on the stage at the beginning of the show I could feel the sound waves hit my shirt as the nearly 12,000 spectators roared the opening of week four.
The crowd in Exeter will not be as big, however they could be just as loud in this very small arena by Premier League standards.
The first game sees Robert Thornton take on Peter Wright and it is very hard to back against table-topper Wright at the moment. His overall game is as solid as he could get it, however he is playing Robert Thornton who also has a great game at the moment.
Last week in front of his home crowd Thornton, in my opinion, tried to please the Glaswegians too much which resulted in a very below par performance. This week could be different.
You would have to go with Wright on the form to edge it (4/6), however Thornton is a fighter and it would not surprise me if this ended up as a draw (9/2).
Bet for me is over the 11,5 legs. For me, at 6/5, it is bang on.
Second game sees the big Dutchman Barney taking on the hard-hitting Dave Chisnall. Barneveld for me is so hard to back as he can lose his form so quickly if he goes behind. That said, if he gets infront you can see why he is a five-time World Champion.
Chisnall is another player that can turn things around very quickly, however, if he is to get anything out of this game he has got to start a lot quicker then he has done of late.
I feel that because Barney beat Van Gerwen Last week and, more importantly, has not played any events at the weekend so will be coming into the game still on that high (sometimes he loses in tour events in between Thursdays and gets himself down) so all the positives should be there for another Barneveld win.
If Chisnall is to win then he must get this prolific scoring going early and not miss doubles, he has the game, however this is a tough school with no sympathy.
Barneveld win at 8/11.
The next game is going to be two of my favourite players and in the past this encounter between Van Gerwen and Lewis has always been a cracker.
Van Gerwen felt that he should have beaten Barneveld last week and Lewis was fuming when he walked off after the antics of Wright when closing out the last leg.
On the form you would have to go with Mighty Mike and as much as Ade is a brilliant player I feel this will go with the form.
Van Gerwen win 8/11.
The next match is going to be an interesting one. Will Phill Taylor carry on with the form from last week when beating Simon Whitlock with a 105 average or will he miss a few doubles and give Gary Anderson a chance?
For me this match is all about Anderson. He is playing some of the best darts I have seen him throw for a few years, he has the scoring power back and has proven that the bottle is back also. However will he take those chances that those treble twenties he hits gives him?
Taylor will be up for this and if he turns up with that consistency that wears players down then I see him nicking this game but it is a hard call.
If you are a Anderson fan then you might not get better odds in a two player race, so if you do fancy that have a look at the handicap for him, that seems a better bet. Anderson +2.5 legs at 10/11.
The last game of the night matches the pointless player of the Premier League, Simon Whitlock, playing the surprise package at the moment in Wes Newton.
If you totally look at the stats then it stands out that no one has performed against Newton over the last three weeks but I'm not taking anything away from him as he has shown plenty of guts and determination to get those results.
Simon Whitlock has been ill of late and now should be recovered to finally put in a good performance to put his first points on the board.
I have to go with a Whitlock win at 13/10.
Taylor, Barney, Van Gerwen and Whitlock wins which pays over 9/1.
Van Gerwen v Lewis for the match with the most 180s.
Anderson to hit more 180s then Taylor in their match.
Over 11,5 legs in the Wright v Thornton game 6/5.
Barney highest checkout in his match 8/11.
We have not had a 9 darter yet and it will happen, just may be Thursday at 7/1.