Bank on in-form Chisnall to be well above average
Anderson could have too much scoring power for Taylor
Chisnall v Lewis
Head-to-head: Chisnall leads 14-12
Adrian Lewis lit up the Betway Premier League last week and ignited his top-four claims in the process with a nine-darter in victory – but does that mean the Great Enigma is a good thing against Dave Chisnall tonight in Belfast?
Lewis has a nasty habit of chucking in a howler just when his game looks in supreme shape and punters have had their fingers burned often enough presuming the twice world champ and most gifted of arrowsmiths can’t lose.
The difference perhaps this time is that Jackpot has won five of his last six, a display of consistency that few can match, hence his 5-6 quote.
He also thrashed Chizzy 7-2 in Nottingham in February, although that was before his opponent also found some
As both men are in top nick, this ought to be a close call – with plenty of 180s – though Lewis certainly merits favouritism.
Big scoring should ensure high averages now that both men are doubling well, but Chisnall’s looks on the short side at 97.5.
That is just below his seasonal average and far below the 102.1 mark he has managed since his Week Eight break.
D Chisnall over 97.5 average
2pts 5-6 Betway
Taylor v Anderson
Taylor leads 38-15
If Gary Anderson turns on the taps as he did against Peter Wright last week – a 7-2 win, 113 average, six 180s – he will be impossible to stop.
But if Taylor produces the level of performance he showed when he last met Anderson in Exeter – a 6-6 draw, 104 average and 16 140s – it could be game on.
The problem with The Power is that apart from that match, and a later 7-3 win over Raymond van Barneveld, he hasn’t looked that sharp this tournament. Last week’s defeat against James Wade from 2-0 up was fairly awful.
If Anderson fires, he wins. And if he does fire, it is long odds-on he whacks in more 180s. He has 42 so far, compared to Taylor’s 24, so it may be worth combining the two.
G Anderson to win and most 180s
1pt 11-8 Sky Bet
Wright v Wade
Wade leads 15-14
James Wade snapped an eight-game losing streak against Peter Wright when they met in the German Masters on Monday.
Wade went on to reach the semi-finals in Jena with the kind of form he hasn’t been displaying in the Premier League.
The left-hander had lost four matches on the bounce before last week’s 7-5 triumph over Phil Taylor, which wasn’t particularly pretty.
So his performance in Germany will have helped and it is not a bad time to be playing Wright, as he continues to strive to find the right equipment combinations.
J Wade +2.5
1pt Evens Ladbrokes
Van Gerwen v Van Barneveld
Van Gerwen leads 28-17
Michael van Gerwen warmed up for this all-Dutch dust-up by beating Barney 6-3 en route to glory at the German Masters on Monday.
It was a timely feather in Van Gerwen’s cap, just a few weeks after Barney had become the first man this year to beat the world number one in a televised tussle.
It means MVG is firing and his fellow Dutchman will do well to stop him.
The current world champion seems to bring out the best in his compatriot, and where Van Barneveld has an edge not reflected in the prices is in 180s.
Barney has powered in 49 maximums thus far, Van Gerwen 43 and it was 5-1 to the five-time world champ when they met in Manchester in Week Eight.
R van Barneveld to hit more 180s
1pt 19-10 Coral
Chisnall v Taylor
Taylor leads 23-8
There is precious little between these two on current form, though their earlier performances may have an impact on finding the right bet for the final tie of the night.
What is clear is that 9-4 Chisnall doesn’t look a bad price.
Draws against Peter Wright and Gary Anderson – with 15 180s thrown in – may not be enough to make him a playoff contender.
But he’s playing without pressure and has the scoring power to demolish anyone.
1pt 9-4 bet365