Rod's Odds Week 12 - Manchester
At one point Phil Taylor went out to 9/2 to win the Premier league and if you took that price then it's now looking very good! His performance when winning German Masters in Berlin at the weekend was nothing short of sheer brilliance, and for me he should be clear favourite so even the 9/4 is good value.
This Thursday we travel to Manchester for week twelve of the Premier League and it is now really hotting up for those illustrious four places for the finals at the O2. I feel all but Robert Thornton can still qualify, however if he was to get a four pointer this week then he gives himself an outside chance of making it. He now becomes the spoiler of the league in my eyes.
The big game of the night is when forth takes on fifth, Phil Taylor against Gary Anderson, and with it being a double header for Anderson it could be make or break for the flying Scotsman .
First game of the night sees Robert Thornton taking on Peter Wright and there is no question that Wright has come off top form slightly, and now is in jeopardy of not making that top four, At one time he was bang on to be at the 02 Finals.
Thornton also plays a double header this week and although he did not play well last week, his form line is better than Wrights at the moment. This game is a very hard call and with both players not performing at the top of their game last weekend, the draw looks the obvious bet for me here and if you are a Thornton fan, the 7/4 is good value.
Second game up should light up the Manchester crowd, Phil Taylor is back at his best and he knows that a win over Gary Anderson is imperative to get him to the 02.
Anderson has played some of the best darts I have seen him throw for a while, however I was with Taylor a lot over the weekend and it was not only his darts that was doing the talking, his whole demeanour was the best it's been for a long while. He constantly had over 100 averages at the weekend in Germany and that leg on leg pressure that he exerts on his opponents is back at its best. Although Anderson has a great game I feel that Taylor will be too strong for him and the only battle I can see Gary winning is the most 180's.
Third game and a must win one for Adrian Lewis, if he is to make the finals, when he takes on Raymond Van Barneveld. This game can go any way, Lewis made the semi's at the weekend, however he has just lost that bit of consistency of late and Barney has been taking chances when he has been given them. Being in second place he would feel very good about beating Adi.
I am going for another draw here at 7/2, as I said, such a hard call as William Hill cannot split them with both on 13/10. I would go for Barney to get the highest checkout, however the 180s is one to stay away from as Adi has not been at the top of his game on them of late.
Dave Chisnall takes on Michael Van Gerwen next and although Chizzy beat Wright last week, this encounter is a totally different ball game. We know that he has this electric scoring power but he does miss doubles under pressure at times and he will be put severely under in this match. Van Gerwen did play well to get to the final in Germany and that form should get him the win to stay top of the league. Perhaps the bet here is for this game to have the most 180s of the five matches.
Last game at the M.E.N matches the two double header Scotsmen Gary Anderson against Robert Thornton. As I said Thornton could be the spoiler of the league now, for Anderson I feel that this game will depend on how he plays against Taylor earlier on in the night. I do feel that he will cope with the second game better then Robert so it's a close fought battle with Gary just edging it. Also I fancy Gary to win the 180 battle.
My bets for the night are:
Taylor and Van Gerwen to win Double
Anderson to hit more 180s in both of his matches.
Over on legs in the games Wright v Chisnall, Barneveld v Lewis and Anderson v Thornton.
Van Gerwen v Chisnall the match with the most 180s.