Adrian Lewis to beat James Wade –
James Wade was the victor when these two met in Leeds during a four-match unbeaten start to the season.
But Wade has tailed off badly since and, with the lowest overall average and fewest 180s to his name, now finds himself bottom of the table with nothing to play for.
Adrian Lewis has won six of the last eight meetings between the pair and knows that this is his big chance to stay in touch with the top four.
With a game against Michael van Gerwen to follow later in the evening, expect Jackpot to cash in on the evening’s opener.
Michael van Gerwen to beat Dave Chisnall –
Dave Chisnall kept his hopes alive last week with two wins from two, but will surely have that momentum halted by MVG on Thursday.
Even any optimism at MVG’s surprise defeat in the quarter-finals of the German Darts Open at the weekend will be tempered by the fact that Chizzy had already been eliminated in the previous round.
The world No. 1 has been frighteningly consistent so far, boasting the tournament’s best checkout percentage and hitting a three-figure average in every single game.
And with his 7-1 victory over Chisnall on Judgement Night the closest we’ve come to a whitewash this season, the Dutchman shouldn’t have any problems in this one.
Phil Taylor to beat Peter Wright –
Peter Wright won his sixth title of the season at the German Darts Open on Sunday, but only after surviving match darts against Cristo Reyes in the third round and Benito van des Pas in the final.
Wright was similarly unconvincing last week when overcoming James Wade for his first win in four matches.
Phil Taylor has already beaten Snakebite once this season, and produced his best performance of the campaign last week when blowing Gary Anderson away.
Throwing first and in more desperate need of the points, the old dog is more than capable of repeating the trick in Birmingham.
Gary Anderson to beat Raymond van Barneveld –
Gary Anderson spurned a 4-0 lead to lose against Phil Taylor last week but, having been allowed just one shot at a finish in the seven legs that followed, there was very little he could have done about it.
The Flying Scotsman has had an unfortunate habit for running into opponents in top form this season, including when Raymond van Barneveld romped to a 7-2 win in Rotterdam.
That, though, shouldn’t be the case this time around given Barney has lost three of his last four and won only two of seven games when throwing second.
All the signs look good for Anderson, who is yet to lose consecutive matches this season.
Michael van Gerwen to beat Adrian Lewis –
Adrian Lewis managed to claim a point when these two met back in week four, though he still has the dubious record of just one Premier League in 10 attempts against MVG.
It is not only in this competition that Jackpot has struggled against the world No. 1, either, losing 10 of their last 14 meetings.
Both Lewis’ scoring and finishing were poor in defeat to Dave Chisnall last week, so he has much to do if he is to even push Van Gerwen close.
Far more likely is that Mighty Mike takes full advantage of his game in hand to virtually guarantee finishing top of the table for the fifth year in a row.