The Premier League roadshow rolls into Dublin and we've got all the best betting advice.
Peter Wright v James Wade
These two both sit on four points after two weeks with two wins apiece albeit with Wade having played an extra match. Wade leads the head-to-head 13-5 although their last six meetings stand at 3-3 so a tight match looks in-store. After scraping past van Barneveld last week using a new set of darts, Wright will be returning to his old set which saw him average 103.57 over the weekend at the Dutch Masters. With Wright's extra scoring power and 180 prowess, the match odds and 180 markets look about right. However, 'The Machine' is one darts player you can always label as efficient and seeing him checkout over 95.5 looks the way to go here. This bet has won in 5 of his 6 TV matches this year averaging 117 as well 6 of his last 7 meetings with Snakebite. With the total legs set at the 11 mark he should get chances to take out a 96+ finish.
Wade over 95.5 checkout - 1pt @ 5/6
Dave Chisnall v Michael Smith
Dave Chisnall is Mr Reliable when it comes to the Premier League having won 11 of his last 18 group stage matches (61%) including 6 of 8 as favourite. Chizzy is in good nick having averaged 103.72 in his quarter-final defeat to eventual champion MVG over the weekend. Michael Smith however, is somewhat a rabbit in the headlights in his debut Premier League campaign. He's lost three out of three winning just 7 legs to his opponents 21, averaging just 86.87 hitting only 3 180s. With Bully Boy feeling the pressure in-front of the big crowds and averaging only 90 over the weekend in his 3rd round defeat, back Chizzy in the battle of St Helens.
Chisnall - 1pt @ 10/11
Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor bounced back from his opening week defeat to win his first PDC ranking title in 9 months before recording an impressive 7-1 victory over Wade averaging 111.2 with a checkout rate of 70%. Gary Anderson missed the opening week and the subsequent UK Open qualifiers with a virus meaning he has played just three times since the World Championships losing all three matches. These two played 10 times last year with both taking 5 wins a piece so the match odds look about right. However, with Anderson's rustiness and lack of practice due to illness and media commitments, take Taylor in the DNB market.
Phil Taylor - Draw No Bet - 1pt @ 1/1
Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwen won yet another title over the weekend winning his 3rd successive Dutch Masters title averaging 112.26, hitting six 180s with a 75% checkout rate in his final victory. It now means since his surprise opening week defeat to Wade, he's won 131 legs to his opponents 47, winning on average 5.95 to 2.14 (+3.81). Lewis has efficiently gone about his business winning both of his matches, however his average is below 100 and his highest checkout is only 84. Unlike his opponents MVG won't give him the same opportunities he's had to take out legs so far. These two met less than two weeks ago in a UK Open qualifier with MVG running out a 6-1 winner.
MVG -2.5 legs - 1pt @ 10/11
Robert Thornton v Raymond van Barneveld
Robert Thornton returns to Dublin with good memories having been crowned World Grand Prix champion here last October. Sidelined with a chest infection last week, he'll be looking to kick start his Premier League campaign having been whitewashed by Chisnall in the opening week. Van Barneveld played out a disappointing match with Wright last week losing 5 of the last 6 legs in defeat. These two have played five times since 2014 with two wins and a draw apiece. RVB has struggled with favouritism in the past and won just two of his five matches as the jolly last year so take the value on Thornton this week.
Robert Thornton - 1pt @ 3/1