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Snooker Player Talks Trash & Premier League Darts Week 12

Stevie G’s in a spot of bother at the bottom of the table, as we preview week 12 of Premier League Darts in Cardiff.

Michael van Gerwen remains top of the Premier League Darts table, despite suffering his first defeat of the competition.

The 25-year-old, who won the Premier League in 2013, lost 7-3 to fellow Dutchman and defending champion Raymond van Barneveld in Aberdeen last week.

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“I don’t really think it is a proper sport”

Snooker player Alan McManus made some disparaging comments about darts yesterday, as he began his World Snooker Championship campaign.

“It is harmless but I don’t really think it is a proper sport, that is just my opinion, and I wouldn’t want that kind of thing to catch on with snooker. McManus told The Herald Scotland. 

Credit to the Peter Wrights and all these guys, it is good telly. I know there are quite a few guys with a bit of character, with all the nicknames and the hairstyles and the dolly birds. But I think we have got a bit more class.” 

McManus initially spoke of his reluctance to see snooker go down the showbiz route of music, crowds and razzmatazz, which is a more than fair viewpoint. But to remark that it’s not a ‘proper sport’ does two things:

  • A disservice to the professionals of the game
  • Leaves himself very much open to the Glasshouse/stones theory

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Matches – Thursday, April 23rd:

Stephen Bunting v Gary Anderson (7.20pm)

Gary Anderson hasn’t won a League game since March, but Bunting finds himself in even worse shape. The Bullet is now winless in four games, has by far the worst leg difference, and is bottom of the table to boot.

His long odds showcase the challenge he faces, but we’ll back him to scare the the Flying Scotsman and nick a draw.

Prediction: Draw @ 5

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James Wade v Michael van Gerwen (8pm)

James is winless in three in the Premier League Darts and is beginning to lose touch with the play-off places in the Premier League Darts table.

Van Gerwen lost his first League match after what was a tough few days, but he remains top of the league, won the return fixture 7-4, and has a far superior head-to-head record to the Machine.

Prediction: Michael van Gerwen to win @ 1.51

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Raymond van Barneveld v Dave Chisnall (8.45pm)

Having lost five games, Barney has recently beaten Taylor and MVG, but he faces a Chisnall who’s only lost one out of his last four games. Chisnall lost just his third League match last week and still looks in good shape.

Chizzy is worth the price available on current form.

Prediction: Dave Chisnall to win @ 2.26

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Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis (9.30pm)

Lewis is a tempting 2/1 to knock off his Stoke counterpart, having won his last three games against Bunting, Wade and Wright.

Phil is precariously placed in fourth – he’s played a game more than half the League. Luckily for Phil, he’s 8-2 last 10 matches played against Jackpot, so we’ll back the elder Stokeman.

Prediction: Phil Taylor to win @ 2.04

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Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen (10.15pm)

The World Champ can be found at generous odds to repeat his World Darts Championship semi-finals triumph over the Dutchman.

MVG is up 7-3 in the last ten head to heads with Anderson, but with Michael looking slightly vulnerable recently, we fancy the Scotsman to get something from the tie.

Prediction: Draw @ 4.2

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.