Betway Premier League night 7 tips: Our picks to rack up a profit in Rotterdam
After a narrow miss last time out this could well be the week, with our specially-boosted four-fold coming in at 7/1...
Jelle Klaasen to win or draw against James Wade –
For the second week in a row, we’re playing it safe by leaving the opening match – and the toughest one to call – out of the Betway Boost.
Both of these players lost last time out, though Jelle Klaasen – who was denied three darts to guarantee a draw by a 154 checkout from Barney – was far more competitive than James Wade, who trailed 5-1 before salvaging some respectability against Peter Wright.
Beware this pair’s head-to-head record, too, which has been skewed by 16 consecutive Wade wins between 2007 and 2012.
Since then, Klaasen has won four of the last nine and, with home advantage, the Dutchman is worth backing to secure at least a point should you decide to include it in your bet.
Peter Wright to beat Dave Chisnall –
Peter Wright rounded off an excellent week that saw him claim his maiden major title at the UK Open by moving top of the Premier League table in Glasgow.
Despite not being at his best, his victory over James Wade was his fourth in six outings so far, and provided yet more proof of Snakebite’s new-found consistency.
That same cannot be said of Dave Chisnall, who followed up two wins in Exeter with a trouncing at the hands of Gary Anderson.
Chizzy’s has been hit and miss with both his scoring and finishing this year, meaning Wright – who has more 100+ checkouts than anybody in the competition – is capable of pouncing every time his opponent opens the door.
Gary Anderson to beat Raymond van Barneveld –
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 –
Adrian Lewis eased his relegation fears and moved back into the play-off picture with an impressive victory over Phil Taylor last week.
Kim Huybrechts, on the other hand, only increased his own after missing four darts to secure a surprising draw against Michael van Gerwen.
That inability to capitalise on crucial opportunities means that the Belgian remains the only Premier League player yet to record a win this season.
Despite a productive weekend in reaching the semi-finals of the Players Championship Four, The Hurricane is unlikely to shift that tag this weekend against Lewis – a player he has beaten in just one of their last 11 meetings.
Jackpot is also one of the few players for whom throwing second could be seen as an advantage, given the slow starts that can often hinder his cause should not prove too costly against the throw.
Michael van Gerwen to beat Phil Taylor –
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.