Power should boost last-four hopes by waltzing over Wade
Taylor eased past Van Barneveld and can build on that win
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Anderson v Chisnall
Head-to-head: Anderson leads 14-4
Dave Chisnall threw away a priceless Betway Premier League point last week and may well have blown any hopes of a semi-final berth in the process, but he’s chucking well enough to give bogeyman Gary Anderson a game in Liverpool tonight.
Chizzy boasts a shocking head-to-head record against the dual Premier League champion – it’s 14-4 to the Scot – and was battered 7-3 by Anderson when they met in Week Six.
However, Chisnall has produced ton-plus averages in his last two matches against Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright, though was kicking himself for letting a 6-3 lead slip against Snakebite.
The Englishman is scoring massively and last week nailed his doubles – he hit six of eight thrown producing just his second checkout percentage of over 50 percent during this campaign – which saw his average soar to 106.4.
He could possibly be worth a punt against an inconsistent opponent, though that head-to-head record is a genuine worry.
It may be better to take Chisnall to continue his improvement by averaging in excess of 97.5 for a third week in a row.
D Chisnall over 97.5 average
1pt 5-6 Betfair, Paddy Power
Van Gerwen v Wright
Van Gerwen leads 45-10
Peter Wright, like Anderson, plays twice tonight and it couldn’t be a tougher pair of fixtures for Snakebite.
He opens up against Michael van Gerwen, who trounced him 7-3 when they met in week two.
They’ve since met three times on the floor with the Dutchman winning twice but Wright claimed the bigger prize with a 6-3 triumph in the final of the German Championship.
Van Gerwen generally enjoys success against Wright, though most of the prices reflect that. Wright won’t be dismantled and knows he’s going to have to ping a massive checkout or two to stay in the game.
Having won the highest-checkout honours in five of his nine completed matches, the 13-8 he does so again is worth considering.
P Wright highest checkout
1pt 13-8 Betfair, Coral, Paddy Power
Lewis v Van Barneveld
Van Barneveld leads 34-22
Raymond van Barneveld has won seven of his last nine meetings with Adrian Lewis and five of his last six matches in this year’s Premier League.
Lewis has won four of his last five to storm into playoff contention and was excellent when beating Gary Anderson 7-3 last week. That said, the Scot missed an extraordinary 18 of 21 doubles.
Consistency isn’t usually the watchword of either player so both have to be delighted with their form and this has the makings of a tight tussle.
Barney, rightly given the state of the table and an earlier 7-5 victory over Jackpot, is slight favourite. He’s also a slight market leader in more 180s betting, yet here the edge looks more decisive. The Dutch giant has 44 180s in 117 legs (one every 2.6 legs) while Lewis has 31 in 106 (one every 3.4 legs).
R van Barneveld more 180s
1pt 11-10 general
Taylor v Wade
Taylor leads 50-12
There was nothing between Phil Taylor and James Wade in Week Two when the spoils were shared but The Power is in better form now than he was back in February.
Three straight wins have boosted Taylor’s semi-final prospects and he doesn’t look a bad price at 8-11.
Taylor hammered Van Barneveld last week despite missing ten of 17 doubles. Wade has had only 15 attempts at doubles in his last three matches, connecting nine times. That tells us the left-hander’s scoring is inconsistent and he can’t continue to rely on his pressure doubles to get him out of trouble.
1pt 8-11 general
Wright v Anderson
Anderson leads 19-12
Peter Wright averaged just under 110 beating Gary Anderson when they first met in the competition before going on to land Coral UK Open glory two weeks later.
He’s come off those dizzy heights but is still playing well enough to give his compatriot a game.
Performances earlier in the night – these men are playing twice – might have a bearing on how you bet, though the 7-4 Snakebite looks a decent price. At the very least take the 11-10 with the draw no bet.
P Wright draw no bet
1pt 11-10 Betway, Coral