Rod's Odds - Premier League Darts Week 7, Leeds
This week the new Leeds Arena could see the biggest live crowd to watch darts. We might have around 12,000 and the noise could lift the roof off.
Last week the main double came in, not massive odds I know, however a good win anyway. Bet of luck with your betting and here are my thoughts.
Dave Chisnall v Simon Whitlock
First game matches two players that are desperate for a win. Simon Whitlock is currently bottom of the league on two points and Dave Chisnall's only two ahead of him on four. With only three nights remaining until relegation, the pressure is well and truly on.
This game could go anywhere. Whitlock is just not on top form and has trouble getting going early on - Chisnall has the same problem and has lost his consistency leg-on-leg as he proved against Taylor last week.
The bookies have Chisnall the Even Money favourite, however I can't split them and with both players not doing that well at the weekend in the two tour events then possibly the draw (4/1) may be the best bet.
One bet I do fancy in this game is over 11.5 legs at 11/10
Robert Thornton v Adrian Lewis
Second game sees the current UK Open champion playing a former UK Open winner when Adrian Lewis takes on Robert Thornton and although the Thorn is one of the toughest fighters in the game I have to go with Lewis. H is playing some great darts and his scoring power has been in full flow of late.
Thornton, if he can get out of the gate as he did against Barneveld a couple of weeks ago, could cause an upset, however Lewis is in a good place at the moment and should come through this one.
Lewis win 5/6, also I fancy him for the highest checkout (8/13).
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Hold onto your hats for this next game and the match of the night for me. Both Gary Anderson and Michael Van Gerwen are playing at the top of their form. Both won tour events at the weekend so they will be coming into this Leeds encounter feeling great.
We say so often when Anderson plays it's all about what Gary turns up. This game is exactly that and he has to start fast because if Michael gets infront then he will be hard to peg back. High scoring is a guarantee in this match and don't go for a cup of tea or you will miss loads of legs. The pace will be electric and that will suit both players, however the crowd (if they get on Gary's back they could frustrate him) may play a part in this one.
Van Gerwen win for me at 1/2.
This game is bang on for the most 180s of the night.
If you do fancy Anderson to win this match the 3/1 is the best odds you will see considering how well he is playing at the moment.
Wes Newton v Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor beat a below par Chisnall last week but Taylor's darts were going in a lot straighter and there were signs that his form is improving. Wes Newton has a tough task on his hands as a loss to Taylor puts him in the relegation battle as is Taylor is already.
I have to go for a Taylor win even though Newton played well at the weekend. If he is to get anything out of this game then he has got to get into his stride very quickly and keep up with Taylor on the scoring. This puts pressure on the Taylor doubles then when given the chance he has to punish every mistake. Then he has a chance, however to many variables for me.
Taylor win at 4/9
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Last game in front of the Yorkshire crowd sees league-leader Peter Wright playing the big Dutchman Raymond Van Barneveld. Barney is the same as I was saying about Anderson - it depends which one turns up and makes him so very hard to back. With Wright on the other hand, we know exactly who will turn up. He is proving to be a class player and everytime I feel he might come off his form he turns it up a notch.
On form Wright is the favourite and is not making to many mistakes but Barney just might get a draw here - HOWEVER - as I said earlier, you are a brave punter to back Barney.
Certainly over 11.5 legs in this match.
MY BEST BETS
My double this week is Taylor and Lewis to win. £10 returns over £26.
Over 149.5 checkout on the night may be worth a punt at 5/6.
Also if you like a long shot what about a couple of quid on Peter Wright to have the most 180s on the night, 25/1, he is playing great and has those thinner darts.