Jelle Klaasen to win or draw against James Wade –
Gary Anderson had the advantage of a raucous home support in Glasgow last week, but will be unperturbed by playing the role pantomime villain against Raymond van Barneveld in Rotterdam.
That Barney’s two Premier League wins – secured five weeks apart against Adrian Lewis and Jelle Klaasen – came having trailed 4-1 and 5-1 respectively is indicative of just how unconvincing he has been this season.
These two players have hit the most 180s in the competition when discounting the extra game played by Dave Chisnall, but it is their finishing that will really set them apart.
The Flying Scotsman has the joint-highest checkout percentage in the tournament, while Barney has the lowest.
Having won both matches between the two last season, Anderson should have no trouble in keeping the crowd (comparatively) quiet in this one.
Adrian Lewis to beat Kim Huybrechts –
Michael van Gerwen was not at his fluent best when defeating Kim Huybrechts on his comeback from injury last week, yet still managed to hit six 180s, score a 106.3 average and nail 43.75 percent of his checkouts.
With another week’s practice under his belt – including a runs to the semi-finals at the Players Championship Four at the weekend – he should have no trouble in seeing off Phil Taylor on Thursday.
MVG has lost just one of his 10 Premier League matches against Taylor, including an emphatic 11-3 victory in last season’s final.
Given The Power’s patchier performances this time around – epitomised by his first defeat against Adrian Lewis last week – he is unlikely to buck that trend in Rotterdam.