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Betway Premier League night five picks: MVG to blow away table-topping Wright

01 Mar | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Betway Premier League night five picks: MVG to blow away table-topping Wright

Snakebite will see his unbeaten record come to an end against the whirlwind world No. 1, plus four other picks for Thursday's action in Exeter

5/6 – Phil Taylor to beat Adrian Lewis

Phil Taylor is coming into some fine form and he should have too much on Thursday for Adrian Lewis, who is playing solid but unspectacular darts at the minute.

The Power has three wins on the spin and averaged a whopping 115 in defeating Dave Chisnall last week in Aberdeen, with his recent from in the UK Open qualifiers also boding well for the legendary thrower.

Jackpot has been consistent so far – averaging between 98 and 100 in all four of his Betway Premier League contests so far – but was fortunate to get away with an attack of the yips in the final game against James Wade last week.

World No. 1 Michael van Gerwen beat Lewis comfortably two weeks ago with a tasty 106 average and we can expect something similar from the mighty Taylor this time around.

7/2 – Dave Chisnall and James Wade to draw

There is nothing to choose between Dave Chisnall and James Wade who are alongside one another in the table, so if one of the evening’s matches is going to end in a draw then it is most likely to be this one.

They have each won four of their last nine meetings in this competition with the other a draw – which just goes to show how evenly-matched the pair are.

Chizzy is playing the better darts at the moment, with a higher tournament average and checkout ratio.

However, Wade has a great ability to drag opponents’ games down and he is well capable of grabbing a point here.

4/11 – Gary Anderson to beat Robert Thornton

Gary Anderson appeared to be returning to his best form last week with a 7-3 victory over Raymond van Barneveld and he should have too much for Robert Thornton here.

The world champion had been struggling with illness and has admitted not being able to spend much time on the practice board as a result.

However, he is back to full health now, and his 103 average in Aberdeen proved that he is finding his groove once more.

Thornton, on the other hand, is still struggling with a tournament average of 85 contributing to two defeats and a draw in his first three games.

Anderson has never beaten his Scottish rival in this competition, but that record should come to an end in Exeter.

4/11 – Michael van Gerwen to beat Peter Wright

Peter Wright sits top of the Betway Premier League table, yet goes into Thursday’s contest against Michael van Gerwen as a huge underdog.

Snakebite has been excellent so far, and despite seeing his perfect start come to an end in Aberdeen, is still undefeated after securing a draw against Robert Thornton.

Even that impressive form, however, will be unable to stop the force of nature that is the world No. 1.

Mighty Mike threw a world-record televised average of 123 last week – a performance which simply served to further prove that when the Dutchman is at the top of his game there can be no stopping him.

Even when slightly off-colour, you would back the Green Machine to see off any challenger right now – including the in-form Wright.

2/1 – Michael Smith to beat Raymond van Barneveld

Exeter could well be the setting for Michael Smith’s first ever Betway Premier League victory as he takes on Raymond van Barneveld.

The debutant has struggled so far with just one point from his first five matches, but is too good not to kick into life at some point.

Barney has been erratic so far with two wins and two defeats from four outings, meaning it has been hard to predict how he will perform week on week.

Bully Boy was famously beaten at the World Championship by the Dutchman, but has since avenged that loss at the Masters in January.

He also has a good recent record against Barney – winning four of the last five encounters between the pair – and may not get a better chance to register a maiden victory in the competition.

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