The 3Arena in Dublin hosts Week 8 of the Premier League Darts on Thursday, featuring the likes of Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen.
Thursday night at the Dublin Docklands sees the penultimate round of games played in the Premier League Darts tournament before the bottom two players are relegated. Keep an eye out for a possible nine-darter!
Matches – Thursday, March 26th:
Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall (7:20pm)
Ninth-placed Adrian Lewis needs the points on offer far more than Dave Chisnall, who’s comfortably third in the League. Lewis hasn’t won since the very first week, although Chisnall is coming off two losses in a row.
Despite this, Lewis is the slight betting favourite, which is a real testament to how ‘class is permanent’.
Prediction: Adrian Lewis
Gary Anderson v Stephen Bunting (8pm)
World Champ Anderson is safely into the second round of matches, with ten points in seven games. Bunting meanwhile, is just one point above the drop-zone but is unbeaten in his last three games.
In losing 7-2 to Dave Chisnall in week five, Anderson has shown that he is beatable.
The form that Anderson is in though suggests that he will leave Bunting scrapping for Premier League Darts survival next week.
Prediction: Gary Anderson
Peter Wright v James Wade (8:45pm)
Wright has become something of a draw-specialist – he’s drawn more than half his games in the League. Both men are pretty close to the drop-zone, so perhaps the run of draws is due to end here.
Wade had a good run in the Euro Tour event at the weekend, and is the man in form, so we’ll back Wade to just about nick it.
Prediction: James Wade
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld (9:30pm)
MVG is in sterling form at the moment, winning the Gibraltar Darts Trophy at the weekend – his second successive European Tour triumph. Impressively, he is also unbeaten in the Premier League thus far.
Barney, who is in the drop-zone on leg difference, will be going for broke. He always enjoys tremendous crowd support, so if he can get the Dublin crowd on side early and replicate the form he showed last week in beating Taylor, he could make his 4/1 odds look a steal.
Prediction: Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor v Kim Huybrechts (10:15pm)
After his upset loss last week to Barney, Phil Taylor will be hopping at the chance to condemn Huybrechts to relegation (especially after the needle they had at the World Championship).
Phil lost last week while having a staggering 115 average, so he’ll be more than confident of beating the Hurricane. He will be hoping for a far better reception from the Dublin faithful than the one he got in Glasgow last week – he was visibly annoyed at their constant booing.
Kim (available at 9/2) has just one win from seven matches and defeat looks ominous, but over this short format anything can happen.