Just six weeks remain before the Premier League Darts Finals take place. We take a look at week ten in Sheffield in what’s sure to continue what has been an interesting few weeks for James Wade.
Despite losing last week to Michael van Gerwen, James Wade remains in the top four of the league. He has bounced back from depression and other issues to be back among the world’s top players yet again. Unfortunately, James got wind of some dissent from his counterparts, and voiced his displeasure on Twitter:
So upset and disappointed to hear that a few of my fellow premier league players are saying my medication is unfair and advantage
— James Wade (@JamesWade180) April 3, 2015
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn attempted to quell any tension.
Lets put this to bed ! We have NO complaints from James or any other player. Lets move on guys.
— Barry Hearn (@BarryHearn) April 3, 2015
James Wade had his 32nd birthday on Monday and will get to celebrate it by playing twice on Thursday night – necessitated by the relegation of Peter Wright and Kim Huybrechts. Second placed Dave Chisnall also plays twice on the night.
Matches – Thursday, April 9th:
Adrian Lewis v James Wade 7.20pm
Lewis has had one solitary win since the first week. Still, the comforting fact that he is guaranteed another six weeks in the league could propel the former World Champ to relax and play better. He whitewashed The Machine 6-0 in the Quarter-Finals of the German Darts Masters earlier in the week, and Wade will be keen on revenge.
Prediction: James Wade
Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall 8pm
Chisnall hammered the Flying Scotsman in week 5, by seven legs to two. Both are on 13 points, with just four defeats between them.
It’s the toughest match of the night to call, so we’ll side with the World Champion.
Prediction: Gary Anderson
Even though Barneveld beat Taylor in the reverse fixture only three weeks ago, he is almost 4/1 to repeat the feat. The head-to-head record though, is 51-13 in favour of Taylor.
Barney survived relegation by just four legs. Now that he’s only three points off the top four with seven games left, Barney may lose motivation for this week’s clash – we’ll side with Taylor.
Michael won the German Darts Masters at the weekend, in what was his third successive PDC European Tour victory. Bunting (who’s a massive 11/2 shot) lost 7-3 in the return fixture, and it’s difficult to see it going any differently this time around.