We are still waiting for the first draw of the 2016 Betway Premier League, but it could occur in the first contest when Peter Wright and James Waden meet in Dublin on Thursday.
Both players have two wins (although Wade has played one game more) and have been solid if unspectacular, with the highest average of all five matches coming in Wade’s defeat to Phil Taylor.
The last six games between the pair have ended with three wins for each man and both went out in the last 16 of the Dutch Darts Masters at the weekend.
There is very little between Snakebite and the Machine and this price is tempting.
Michael Smith has endured a ropey start so far in his debut Betway Premier League season and it only going to get worse against Dave Chisnall.
Smith is averaging a measly 86 over his first three contests – suffering three defeats in the process – while Chisnall is now a consistent Betway Premier League player and in fine form.
Chizzy reached the quarter-final in Holland at the weekend, whitewashed Robert Thornton in the first week of this tournament and also reached the Masters final in January.
That is why we have to back him.
A tough one to call considering both players’ inconsistent form, but defending champion Gary Anderson just gets the edge over Phil Taylor in this clash.
Anderson may be without a win having played one and lost one so far, but averaging 106 in defeat to Michael van Gerwen is hardly a worry.
Taylor, meanwhile, was superb last week when battering James Wade, although was really poor when losing to Raymond van Barneveld seven days before.
Both players have won five of their last 10 meetings, but Anderson has won four and drawn two of their last six Betway Premier League meetings. That is why we are backing him.
It is difficult not to back Michael van Gerwen when he is on one of his trademark streaks, even against a firing Adrian Lewis.
Most players won’t win three tournaments in 2015, but MVG has already clinched the Masters, a UK Open qualifier and the Dutch Darts Masters.
The Dutchman was lethal in Venray at the weekend and in the Betway Premier League last week, averaging nearly 112 in beating Gary Anderson.
Lewis is top of the table after making a perfect start, but he has only beaten Van Gerwen in three of their last 20 matches (losing the last five). Another win for the Dutchman is likely.
Raymond van Barneveld is the favourite to beat Robert Thornton on Thursday, understandably so considering the latter’s shocking start to the tournament.
The Scot was whitewashed by Chisnall on night one before missing night two through illness. He didn’t play in Holland over the weekend, either.
Barney is up-and-down as ever – sublime in week one but average seven days ago. He is clearly playing better than the Thorn, though.
RVB has played Thornton four times in the Betway Premier League and never lost. We have to back him again.
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