Dogged Taylor should cause Barney trouble
Anderson too good for Lewis
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James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
James Wade plays twice in Dublin and a double dose of disappointment should surely end the Machine’s chances of reaching the playoffs.
Wade was brilliant in his 7-4 defeat to Michael van Gerwen in Manchester two weeks ago but the losses are mounting - four in his last five Betway Premier League games - and his confidence is severely dented.
Van Gerwen has won his last six meetings with Wade, who averaged just under 85 when going down 7-2 to Raymond van Barneveld in Cardiff last Thursday.
A reproduction of that tame effort would surely be punished and MvG looks a great bet to break early.
M van Gerwen to lead 3-1 after four legs
1pt 5-4 bet365
Raymond van Barneveld v Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveld’s current run of four successive victories is the best winning streak this season but the Dutchman’s heroics could come to an end against Phil Taylor.
The Power, without achieving lofty averages, has been grinding out results and has suffered just two Premier League defeats this season - both 7-4s against Van Gerwen and Lewis.
Barney has never been one to place maximum faith in - a 7-2 hammering by Dave Chisnall in Week Five shows that - and with virtually nothing between them in the standings, preference is for Taylor.
P Taylor draw no bet
2pts 5-6 BoyleSports
Dave Chisnall v Peter Wright
Peter Wright’s performance levels have dropped since he lifted the Coral UK Open and, despite winning just three games in this Premier League campaign, Dave Chisnall could be a touch overpriced.
Snakebite averaged just 95 and 93 in recent wins over Wade and Chizzy, before going down 7-5 to Taylor and it would take a brave punter to steam in at 1-3.
Despite losing 7-1 to Van Gerwen last week, Chisnall threw five maximums and averaged over 100. Chizzy is renowned for heavy scoring and with a positive show expected, he can hit the most 180s.
D Chisnall more 180s
2pts 10-11 Betfair
Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson was majestic in dismissing Adrian Lewis 7-3 last week and the Flying Scotsman can repeat the feat.
Anderson has a 44 per cent checkout average this season - two higher than his nearest pursuer Van Gerwen - and it’s his deadly finishing that makes him so reliable.
Lewis tends to save his better efforts for the top boys – he beat the Power, drew with MvG and produced a 109 average in defeat to Peter Wright - but he has lost seven of his last eight against Anderson and that poor run may continue.
G Anderson -2.5 legs
1pt 5-4 Betfair
James Wade v Raymond Van Barneveld
Van Barneveld crushed Wade in Cardiff last week, despite averaging just 95 and hitting a solitary maximum.
However, throughout the campaign Barney has scored magnificently - racking up 35 180s compared to Wade’s 13 - and punters should bank on him to outmax the Machine.
Wade has hit just two maximums in his last four Betway Premier League outings and Barney, who tops the overall standings for 180s, should continue his heavy scoring.
R Barneveld -1.5 more 180s
1pt 10-11 Betfred