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Craig Porter 16th Apr 2009 - 12:45

Wade can cut The Power

James Wade and Mervyn King will now both play twice in tonight's Premier League darts from Nottingham.

Wayne Mardle was due to play two games tonight following his absence last week due to a virus. However, having been unexpectedly taken to hospital last night, he has been kept in for tests and misses out for the second week running.

But the show must go on and the revised fixtures may well offer up a surprise. With two players doubling up on their workload it makes tonight's darts betting a lot more difficult to call.

With in-play betting available throughout every match this evening, it may well be good advice to see how the night progresses and how the players are performing before parting with your money.

Jelle Klaasen v Mervyn King

Klaasen will surely have been looking forward to playing Wayne Mardle tonight, instead he now faces a much tougher challenge in the shape of Mervyn King and is 5/2 to win tonight's opening match.

King is 4/7 for the win but there's a chance he might still have his mind focussed on his second game of the night - the more important tie against Raymond van Barneveld. The 9/2 about the draw is tempting.

James Wade v Terry Jenkins

Prior to the news that Mardle would be missing tonight's Premier League darts a wise man predicted that Jenkins would go 3-1 up in this game (available at 4/1) before a Wade fight back would see The Machine come out 8-5 on top (also 4/1).

There's now more chance of a slow start from Wade, as he conserves his strength to play The Power later on, and a greater need to get himself up to speed ahead of his second match. The predictions still stand - what a wise man he is!

Mervyn King v Raymond van Barneveld

The compilers have cut Barney from 5/6 to 8/11 to win this game, presumably as they feel The King won't perform as well with this being his second game - that may not be the case.

King has not been as strong as he was at the start of the Premier League where his confidence developed week-on-week to produce some outstanding displays. Tonight he has the chance to boost his confidence in his warm-up against Klaasen and inflict revenge on Barney for the 8-3 defeat earlier in the season at odds of 2/1.

Think it might be too much to ask of King? Take the 13/10 on King, Draw No Bet. If he does fade at the end and lets Barney nick a point then you'll get your stake back.

Alternatively, or additionally if you prefer, follow this game while it's on, see how the players are performing and take advantage or our in-play markets.

Phil Taylor v James Wade

What an unexpected treat, a repeat of last year's Premier League Final, that could well produce an unexpected result.

Say what you like about Phil Taylor's meticulous practice and preparation, there's no way it would be the same in the build-up to playing the out-of-form Wayne Mardle as it would for a match against the World Number 2.

With a warm-up win under his belt, James "The Machine" Wade will hit the stage running and could stun Taylor, who hasn't looked great over the last week's, into another average performance.

Wade is 4/1 to win the match, the draw is 9/2. Rather than spilt your stakes you could back Wade or Draw in our Double Chance market at 13/8 for a return somewhere between the two.

Think The Machine will run out of gas? Then 11/10 about Wade with a 2.5 leg start in the Handicap Betting still wins even if draws or loses 8-6.

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