Adrian Lewis Storms It To Set Up Dramatic Darts Night

Backers of Adrian Lewis were rewarded on Thursday night as “Jackpot” rewound the clock and staged a magnificent performance against Dutch master Raymond van Barneveld, including a perfect nine-dart finish.

Darts Premier League Week 11: who won what

Let’s check out the action and see how our accumulators fared.

Adrian Lewis vs Raymond van Barneveld

Taking the match 7-4, Lewis raced into a 2-0 lead before Barney began his comeback – a comeback that was emphatically ended in the fourth set after the two-time world champion Lewis took out the leg with his nine-darter.

Lewis’s form remained with him, largely unchecked, before he fittingly put the game to bed by landing on the bull.

James Wade vs Phil Taylor

Elsewhere, James Wade came from behind to beat Phil “The Power” Taylor 7-5.

At various points in the match, Wade looked in serious trouble, finding himself down by two sets on separate occasions, but an unanswered run in the last four legs gave Wade the points.

Peter Wright vs Michael van Gerwen

Earlier in the evening, Peter “Snakebite” Wright had to surrender himself to a draw with Michael van Gerwen having led by 5-1.

An unusually flat performance from the world number one saw MVG drop an uncharacteristic double in not only the first first set (allowing Wright to take that) and the following three sets. Wright raced into a 4-0 lead and that shock scoreline obviously sparked MVG into action; the Dutchman, where most would be unable, grabbed himself a share of the spoils.

Dave Chisnall vs Gary Anderson

The night’s opener also played out to a tie, one in which Dave Chisnall fluffed his lines at the last minute despite having the points seemingly in the bag.

With seven attempts to close out the match, “Chizzy” lost the form that had put him in such a good position following a fight back from 5-3 down against the world number two. Gary Anderson was allowed back into a game he looked to have thrown away before hitting a double 10 and claiming the draw.

Gary Anderson vs Peter Wright

The opener seemingly gave Anderson fresh belief as he finished off the night by beating Peter Wright in an all-Scots closer. Anderson, who had saved a point, played Wright, who had blown all but one of his.

Both were clearly feeling the mental impact of their earlier exploits. Anderson, who landed six maximums and averaged 113.44, saw off Snakebite with relative ease  in a 7-2 victory.

Betway Premier League Darts Betting Tips

On Thursday, the players head to at Belfast’s SSE Arena for the twelfth week of Betway’s Premier League. Let’s look at some likely value as Dave Chisnall steps up for a double header, taking on the Stoke pair Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor in bookend matches.

Dave Chisnall vs Adrian Lewis

Just like Chisnall, Lewis has turned his league campaign around and sits sixth in the table, just one point off a playoff place. Amazingly, “Chizzy” can also still make the cut but will need to see off “Jackpot” and “The Power” to do so. He will certainly need to tighten up his double shots, too many of which have been dropped thus far and cost him plenty of momentum along the way.

Momentum, however, should not be a problem for “Jackpot” who has last week’s nine-darter to spur him on. Lewis to win then – and for some side action, this SkyBet treble at a tasty 9/2:

  • Lewis to win the match
  • Lewis to hit the outright highest checkout
  • Lewis to score more 180s than Chisnall

Gary Anderson vs Phil Taylor

Gary Anderson sits third in the table and needs to beat Phil “The Power” Taylor, something he does with increasing regularity these days.

While we would never rule The Power out, Anderson has to be favourite in the night’s second match. The Power is well capable of course; at 2/1, he is a decent shout to break throw first in the match with Bet365.

Peter Wright vs James Wade

Peter Wright and James Wade step up for the next match and while second-place “Snakebite” should claim the points here, his form has dipped alarmingly of late.

True, he nearly scored an incredible whitewash against the world number one last week, but his sloppy double shooting returned at the wrong time to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory. If he can hold his nerve better here, then a Snakebite win looks a sound bet.

Michael van Gerwen vs Raymond van Barneveld

Everything goes Dutch for the night’s fourth match as MVG and RVB meet in what I suspect might just be a draw. Mighty Mike has proven himself to be human in recent months and nobody seems to have the measure of him quite like his fellow countryman, who should be happy enough to share a point this week and stay in the hunt.

Dave Chisnall vs Phil Taylor

“Chizzy” and “The Power” return at the end of night and, as ever, earlier evening exploits will likely impact the final match. If, as predicted, both have dropped points earlier in the night then this might boil down to a test of mentality from which the 16-time world champion will surely emerge on top.

Darts Accumulator Tip

This week’s acca: Lewis, Anderson, Wright, Draw, Taylor; 58.26/1 at Betway.

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Barney Feels The Power: Can Phil Taylor Make The Top Four?

Darts Premier League: Matchday 10 results

Phil Taylor vs Raymond van Barneveld

In a golden oldies’ play-off, Phil Taylor averaged just under 106 against an almost equally impressive Raymond van Barneveld. In the end, Taylor proved too much for Barney this time, running out the 7-3 winner.

Having put in one of his best performances of the season, “The Power” moved (momentarily) into third place. Barney, who threw an average of over 100, saw the end of a run of four straight wins.

Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade

Although he needed to work for it, the world number one beat James Wade in a classic match that went right down to the wire. Wade was unlucky to lose and almost claimed a draw.

Despite Wade averaging over 110, Mighty Mike’s class was available to him when he needed it to be.  In true MVG style, he was able to strike an average of over 113, landing a 138 checkout in the final leg to beat Wade 7-5 and remain the Premier League leader.

Peter Wright vs Dave Chisnall

A game just as thrilling, if not as matched for quality, was the 6-6 draw between Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall. Both averaged over 100 and yet neither really took control of the game in the way they would have hoped to.

For “Snakebite” especially, this will feel liked dropped points. “Chizzy”, who looked a lost player only weeks ago, will rue losing the last three legs of a game he looked set to win.

Raymond van Barneveld vs James Wade

An earlier defeat was quickly rectified by Raymond van Barneveld (who would move back up to third and overtake Taylor) following a second match of the evening in which he destroyed James Wade 7-2.

With RVB again averaging 100, Wade had little in the way of a response and simply couldn’t call on any of his unrewarded, brilliant form from earlier in the evening. He succumbed to a second Dutch defeat.

Adrian Lewis vs Gary Anderson

The biggest surprise of the night was served up when Adrian “Jackpot” Lewis as ran out a comfortable 7-3 winner against Gary Anderson, giving himself a decent – and surprising – shout for a top four finish.

World number two Anderson was in uncharacteristically poor form, missing 18 of his 21 double shots. He now sits level in the table with Lewis, who averaged a respectable 99.76.

Premier League Darts betting tips for Matchday 11

This Thursday the players return for the eleventh matchday of the League, this time with Liverpool playing host at the Echo Arena.

Gary Anderson vs Dave Chisnall

The first game of the night belongs to Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall, with Anderson’s form and top four finish now under threat. Bet365 rate both players as 5/6 to be the first player in the match to break throw.

A rejuvenated “Chizzy” could throw a spanner in the works here, but if Anderson digs deep then the
“Flying Scotsman” should see the match out and claim all three points – vital given his all-star, all-Scots closer against Peter “Snakebite” Wright.

Peter Wright vs Michael van Gerwen/Gary Anderson

Wright himself faces a tough night playing the world number one Michael van Gerwen in his opener and number two Gary Anderson in his closer. I am expecting Snakebite to end the night pointless.

His form has dipped over the recent weeks, hitting high but missing the doubles, and it’s costing him dear. He can ill afford another winless night here, but I think Anderson (with points on the line) will be dangerous and we can’t expect Wright to best MVG.

Adrian Lewis vs Raymond van Barneveld

Adrian Lewis and Barney will also be meeting this week, with both enjoying wins last time out. It would be an upset, but I’m going for Lewis here.

Form has, for the most part, sided with the Dutchman in recent months but “Jackpot” has thrown his way back into contention, especially in light of his destruction of Gary Anderson a week ago.

Phil Taylor vs James Wade

Finally, Phil “The Power” Taylor and James “The Machine” Wade meet again following their draw in the earlier rounds – a result likely to repeat itself.

This match is also the provider of SkyBets Treble of the Day: Taylor to win the match, hit the outright highest checkout and score more 180s than Wade. That is worth 3/1, or (for the bravest amongst you), 14/1 in reverse.

Darts accumulator tip

This week’s recommended accumulator is: Anderson, MVG, Lewis, Draw, Anderson which awards 56.92 to the pound at tournament sponsors Betway.

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Phil Taylor Remains Unbeaten: Raymond Van Barneveld Feels The Power In Premier League

The legend that is Phil Taylor remains unbeaten in this year’s Betway Premier League, a feat he maintained last week when he saw off his long-time rival Raymond van Barneveld with form he hopes to take into this Thursday’s Matchday 4 at The Brighton Centre.

The Power takes his place at the top of the table in what he insists will be his final Premier League campaign. he is joined at the top by Michael van Gerwen and James Wade, who face off against each other this week.

The 28th Premier League meeting between Barney and The Power started off tight, with the opening six legs split evenly before Taylor threw himself 6-3 clear on the way to sealing a 7-4 victory.

Mighty Mike van Gerwen also remains unbeaten after taking down countryman Jelle Klaasen by the same scoreline. Despite a spirted performance from the underdog, the result sees Klaasen rooted to the bottom of the table without a point to his name.

Elsewhere, the Lewis/Wade tie was yet another to end 7-4, this time with Wade the victor. Dave Chisnall picked up his first victory of the season enjoying a (you guessed it!), 7-4 win in the defeat of the Belgian Kim Huybrechts, a result that Chizzy desperately needed.

Finally, the best result of the night was the return to televised form of Peter Wright, who saw off Gary Anderson in a 7-5 game that saw Snakebite land four 100-plus finishes in the opening six legs and move above Anderson in the table’s standing.

Premier League Darts matches

The evening begins with an intriguing opener between Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen, with the latter looking to fight his way up from the bottom of the table. Given that his first three opponents have been Peter Wright, Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen, one wonders just how false this position is!

His opponent has now banked a score following a win against Huybrechts and if he can follow up that result with another against his fellow relegation fodder, safety would look a much more realistic outcome for Chizzy.

Putting to one side that we have the Englishman down as an outside bet for relegation, I’m calling this one for Dave as he seeks to put together back to back wins.

Only the bravest among you would back Adrian Lewis in the night’s second game, where Jackpot meets world number one Michael van Gerwen. These two have both been crowned World Champion twice, but MVG has moved on to another level while Jackpot has been off the boil for some time now.

Despite losing an exhibition match on Friday to Peter Wright, the Dutchman hasn’t lost on live TV in 41 matches, something that won’t change here.

Premier League Darts betting tips

One interesting darts bet is Gary Anderson and James Wade, which has the potential to be a draw, although Anderson has won, lost and drawn so far during this season’s run. I would expect a strong performance as the Scotsman looks to put down a marker.

This could the tightest match of the night, given Wade’s form has carried him into joint first place. Unbeaten as yet, Wade has won five of the last seven matches between the two and could easily add a sixth victory this week.

That’s said, I’ll go with The Flying Scotsman for the win. Side note, the stuttering start made to the League made by Anderson has seen him drift out to 5/1 at Bet365 to be the tournament’s overall winner, which might be worth considering.

Even though the man himself protests that performing each week is too demanding a task for his waning powers, The Power still shows up each week to belie this.

With Huybrechts yet to register a point, any virgin score is unlikely to occur here unless Taylor really does turn out to be too exhausted to compete at full power. Even then, he has far too much for the Belgian making this one of the night’s easier fixtures to call.

Another interesting one closes the night’s action as Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright square off. I’m going to go right ahead and call this one for Wright, fully aware that I’ll likely regret it.

Some of Barney’s recent darts have recalled his heyday and, having lost last week, he is due a win. Wright though, should he keep his head when he inevitably misses a crucial double, is starting to look the player we all know he should be. While this could very easily go either way, I’m sticking with Snakebite to be the final winner of the night.

Best Premier League darts odds

If Wright is to get the better of Barney, then he will need to play at his best just as he did last week. With that in mind, SkyBet’s Player Performance option is intriguing where 6/1 is available on Wright to win the match, score over 3.5 180s and checkout over 103.5.

SkyBet have also pushed the price boosted treble of Chisnall, Taylor & Anderson to win out from 7/2 to 9/2, which is definitely worth taking.

The fivefold accumulator I’m going with is Chisnall, MVG, Anderson, Taylor and Wright, which is worth the most at Betway, where you’ll get 11.08 to the pound.

Finally, given the talent on show in the final match of the night, I will be taking Bet365’s generous offer of 3/1 on Van Barneveld/Wright being the evening’s game that includes the most 180’s.

TV Coverage: Sky Sports 1 (19:00 GMT)

  • Dave Chisnall v Jelle Klaasen
  • Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
  • Gary Anderson v James Wade
  • Phil Taylor v Kim Huybrechts
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
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