Adrian Lewis to beat Dave Chisnall -

Neither of the players contesting the opening match of the evening got off to a good start in Newcastle.

Dave Chisnall suffered the heaviest defeat of the night to Phil Taylor, while Adrian Lewis threw away a 4-1 lead to lose against Raymond van Barneveld.

But whereas Chizzy was outclassed in a scrappy game, Jackpot, who twice missed darts to halt the comeback and then three more to claim a draw, won’t be as profligate again.

Lewis has lost all four games between the pair since they met is last season’s Premier League, but can still be relied upon to make immediate amends for last week’s wobble.

Phil Taylor to beat James Wade -

James Wade got off to a winning start last week but was still pushed all the way to a 12th leg by Kim Huybrechts, who outscored him in both three-dart average and checkout percentage.

Coming up against Phil Taylor in Nottingham, The Machine will not be allowed to get away with a similarly patchy performance.

The Power made up for some below-par scoring in Newcastle with the best checkout percentage of the night – including two clinical 100+ finishes – to top the table after the first round of fixtures.

The six-time champion has lost just two of his 19 Premier League matches against Wade and none since 2009, so should continue the strong start to his final season here. 

Gary Anderson to beat Jelle Klaasen -

Gary Anderson confirmed his status as the man most likely to stop Michael van Gerwen from defending his title by taking a point off the Dutchman in Newcastle, ending his 32-game winning streak in the process.

Klaasen, on the other hand, struggled in his first game back in the Premier League since 2009 and was comfortably beaten by a slightly off-colour Peter Wright.

And things are not about to get any easier for The Cobra against the world No. 2 who has beaten him in each of their last eight meetings, including a 6-3 defeat in the semi-finals of a UK Open qualifier last weekend.

This one is nailed-on.

Michael van Gerwen to beat Peter Wright -

Speaking to the press after his opening-night victory in Newcastle, Peter Wright promised to bring Michael van Gerwen down to his level in Nottingham, rather than try and match the world No. 1 for quality.

Whatever his tactics, they certainly worked in Wigan at the weekend, with Snakebite beating MVG in the quarter-finals on his way to the second of two UK Open qualifier victories in the space of three days.

That victory ended a 16-game losing streak against the Dutchman, proving just how rarely such upsets come along.

Having been thrashed 7-2 by Mighty Mike in both of their Premier League meetings last season, don’t expect lightning to strike twice on Thursday.

Kim Huybrechts to beat Raymond van Barneveld -

Backing the unfancied Belgian in this one might seem a strange choice, but all the signs point to this being the one surprise that every night of Premier League fixtures seems to throw up.

Huybrechts was unfortunate to lose on the opening night with a 100.62 average and the fourth-highest checkout percentage behind only Taylor, Anderson and Van Gerwen.

Barney, meanwhile, was let off the hook on numerous occasions by a lackadaisical Lewis to win a game he had no right to.

Huybrechts has won seven of his nine matches to date against the Dutchman, including his sole victory in the 2015 Premier League.

Having got his opening-night nerves out of the way, don’t be surprised if The Hurricane blows him away once again.

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