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Simon Gott 25th Mar 2014 - 11:17

Rod's Odds - Premier League Darts Week 8, Dublin

The Premier League roadshow takes its trip outside Britain to the Emerald Isle and the magnificent 02 arena in Dublin and it's going to be another big crowd for the players to contend with.

Gary Anderson v Wes Newton
First game sees the very inform Gary Anderson against Wes Newton, who has two games to play this week as Thornton takes a break. Although Gary lost to Van Gerwen last week it was a close affair and could have gone either way. He also has come straight off another tour win at Crawley over the weekend so the form book is certainly with the Flying Scotsman. However, with him on six points, he needs a win or relegation could be looming so the pressure will be on.
Newton, who now is second bottom with five points needs to win and, with playing those two games, it could be a hard night for him. Draws are just not good enough at this late stage as I feel he needs three points from the two games.
Although Wes lost to Taylor last week his average was over the 100 so he did not play that badly - he just walked into a Taylor on a mission.
I have got to go with Anderson at 8/11, however a close game is expected so look at over 11.5 legs (5/4).

Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
The second match is another one of those games that will be fast and furious when Adrian Lewis takes on Dave Chisnall. Although Lewis is on eight points, mathematically he could still get relegated. A win is needed or at worst a draw that I'm sure Adi would settle for at this stage.
Chisnall, needs the win as he is on five points and only just above Newton in third bottom because of a better leg difference. Last week for the first time Chizzy got out of the gate very fast and took a quick lead, however he lost his way at the back end of the game and let Whitlock back in to nick the draw. Chisnall had another nine dart leg again at the weekend but that lack of leg-on-leg form is a worry for Chizzy fans.
This game is one of those where anything can happen, both players have this electrifying scoring power, however they both also go off the boil as well.
I'm going to bottle it on this one and go for the draw at 4/1, a tough call with these players. Maybe a good bet for this game is for it to have the most 180s on the night.

Wes Newton v Simon Whitlock
The next game is a relegation battle between Wes Newton and Simon Whitlock and a loss for the Aussie will get him relegated in my eyes. Newton with a win can push himself up to ease the pressure of relegation.
This is another hard game to call. Neither player is firing on all cylinders and this lack of form has caused them both to be off the pace. Whitlock did come back well last week when well down to Chisnall and Newton did put up a good fight against Taylor with an average of over 100, even though he did get battered.
There's nothing between them in the odds (both 5/4) and if I were William Hill I'd have Newton just edging as favourite.
The bet for me is over the 11.5 legs in this game at 11/10.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
The next game has got a bit of niggle, and you can't beat a bit of that (too much lovey dovey going on) so this game is the best of the night for me.
Peter Wright has proven what a great player he is and he is certainly going to have to prove it again against Michael Van Gerwen. Wright has this solid, no mistakes game and the crowd does not affect him, but he is up against the fire power of Mighty Mike and I can assure you he will be bang up for this to prove who is the boss.
Both players are on eleven points and Van Gerwen is only top courtesy of a one leg difference.
I'm going for a Van Gerwen win here at 8/15. Over on the legs again which is 8/13 over 10.5.
Going to give you a heads up on an exclusive here, I was talking to Peter Wright last week in Leeds and he told Matt Porter (PDC CEO) and myself that he scores brilliantly with the straight barrel darts, however he finishing is better with the bomb shaped dart. Watch this space to see if Pete uses two completely two different sets of darts in the same legs.
You heard it first on the William Hill site.

Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
The two big guns Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld take the stage last at the 02 and over the years there have been some great encounters, however Taylor certainly has the upper hand by a long way.
Taylor last week showed that you can't write him off and he certainly has got most of the problems ironed out. He lost in the final against Anderson on Saturday in Crawley then won the tour event on the Sunday - this means that the Power is back and on a mission to shut up all the doubters.
Barney we all know is a brilliant player and if he can get in front of Taylor early then his confidence will grow and he might give him a game, but he does find it hard play Taylor and if Taylor gets into him quick we could see a mawling.
Taylor win for me with over a 100 average.
I fancy a big checkout again this week so Phil for highest checkout on the night.
Barney for the most 180s though.

Match bets for me this week is Van Gerwen and Taylor which pays £23.50 for a £10 double.
Over on the checkout for the night again this week (5/6 over 149.5), it came up nicely last week.
Over on the legs in the following three games is a treble paying nearly 7/1
Anderson V Newton (11.5)
Chisnall V Lewis (11.5)
Van Gerwen V Wright (10.5)
With Chisnall hitting a 9 darter, Phil back on form and the match ups of the other games, get on the 9 it's got to happen soon at 6/1



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