Anderson and van Gerwen to Claim PDC Darts Victories

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It’s week four of the PDC Premier League Darts competition this Thursday 26th February, and the action takes place in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena. Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen can be backed to continue excellent starts to the season this week against James Wade and Adrian Lewis respectively.

It was an epic night of darts last week at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, with the highlight of the evening the match between van Gerwen and current World Champion Anderson. We backed ‘Mighty Mike’ in our preview last week along with Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld. Both Taylor and van Gerwen did the business for us, with ‘The Power’ running out a 7-1 winner against Stephen Bunting, and van Gerwen getting the better of Anderson in a 7-4 thriller. Only Barneveld let us down after somehow contriving to throw away a 5-1 lead against Peter Wright to draw 6-6.

It’s still very early in the season but our ante-post tip on van Gerwen to take the Premier League title is also looking strong, with the Dutch player having won all three of his matches so far. The fixtures for this week’s games are:

Kim Huybrechts v Dave Chisnall

Gary Anderson v James Wade

Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

Stephen Bunting v Raymond van Barneveld

Phil Taylor v Peter Wright

Gary Anderson v James Wade

Despite losing 7-4 to van Gerwen last week, Gary Anderson can be backed to get back on track this week with a win over James Wade. Anderson has been in scintillating form over the last couple of months, and he beat both van Gerwen and Taylor to lift the World Championship trophy. He continued that fine form on the opening night of the Premier League, accounting for Taylor again by a score of 7-5. He raced into a 3-1 lead last week against van Gerwen, but the world number one fought back by winning five straight sets on his way to a 7-4 win. Anderson takes on James Wade this week, and will want to make it three wins out of four.

Wade has proven himself hard to beat in his Premier League matches so far, drawing twice – against Stephen Bunting and Dave Chisnell – with a 7-2 victory over Kim Huybrechts sandwiched in-between. However, he may come up short against Anderson if the Scot continues to play such a high level of darts. This is a rematch of the Masters quarter-final back on the 1st of February, which Anderson won comfortably, 10-5. Odds just shy of evens on an Anderson win are fairly generous, and although we expect Wade to be a tough nut to crack, Anderson has the finishing ability to come away with the points on the night.

Gary Anderson –  -108  with Unibet and 888Sport

Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

After three weeks of play in the Premier League, van Gerwen is the only player to have a 100% record intact with three wins from three. There’s no reason why he can’t make that four out of four against Adrian Lewis, who has failed to hit the heights over the last year or two. Lewis started the Premier League season with a bang with a 7-1 win over Raymond van Barneveld on opening night, but was on the end of a Phil Taylor masterclass when going down 7-2 to the Premier League’s most successful player in week two. Last time out he couldn’t raise his game sufficiently to overcome Kim Huybrechts, and they played out a 6-6 draw. He’s a very talented player on his day, but he will have to be at his very best to beat van Gerwen, who rarely has an off-night such is his consistency.

That consistency is what makes him the great player that he is, and it’s why he’s the world number one. He beat Huybrechts 7-3 in week one, before following up by defeating Stephen Bunting by the same scoreline. Last week he showed his quality by coming from behind to beat Anderson, and that level of performance should be enough to see off Lewis. ‘Mighty Mike’ certainly has the hoodoo over Lewis in recent matches having won the last three, including the 11-6 semi-final win in the Masters earlier in February. We were lucky to get odds-against on van Gerwen last week, which is something that doesn’t happen often, but he could easily be shorter for this match, and the price is still worth taking.

Michael van Gerwen –  -163  with Boylesports, Coral and Paddy Power

Phil Taylor is another player who we’d expect to win this week in his match-up with Peter Wright, but odds of  -250  don’t make great appeal. For those of you who think he will run out a convincing winner against Wright, you can take a price of  +120  with Betvictor and Coral on ‘The Power’ overcoming a -3.5 leg handicap, but that’s a little risky for our liking.

We’d also love to give Raymond van Barneveld another chance at +140  when he takes on Stephen Bunting, but his record of one draw and two defeats in his opening three games is enough to put us off.

It makes more appeal to put our two selections for the night into a double, and for those of you who prefer to take bigger risks for better prices, William Hill offer the best odds on a Anderson/van Gerwen double at  +300

Tips Summary

Premier League Darts – Thursday 26th February 2015

Gary Anderson to beat James Wade –  -108  with Unibet and 888Sport

Michael van Gerwen to beat Adrian Lewis –  -163  with Boylesports, Coral and Paddy Power

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