The PDC Premier League visits Newcastle this week for Night 14, and although plenty was sorted out last week, there’s still lots to play for with two semi-final places up for grabs. Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall secured their play off positions with victories last week, while a Raymond van Barneveld double on the night catapulted him into third place in the Premier League above Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor. Those two players meet each other on Thursday night, in what looks almost a straight shootout for a semi-final spot.
Last Week’s Action
Dave Chisnall kicked off what turned out to be a poor night for Adrian Lewis, beating the Jackpot 7-4 and securing his place in the semi-finals. The next match was the first of van Barneveld’s remarkable double, as he fought back from 4-0 down to beat Gary Anderson 7-5. James Wade and Stephen Bunting shared a tight 6-6 draw, before Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor renewed rivalries. Mighty Mike was the 7-4 victor on this occasion, extending his lead at the top of the Premier League table. That just left Barney to wrap up his second victory of the night, as he swept Adrian Lewis aside 7-2.
Premier League Permutations
Those results mean that neither James Wade or Stephen Bunting can now qualify for the play offs, while Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis have just the faintest hopes of reaching the top four. Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson share 3rd and 4th with 16 points, although Barney just edges it on leg difference. Phil Taylor is three points back with 13, while Lewis is a further point behind with 12.
For Lewis to qualify, he effectively needs each of the other three players to lose both matches, while he wins both of his, and even the Jackpot must have given it up as a million-to-one shot. The Power stands a slightly better chance, particularly as he meets Anderson this week. To qualify, Taylor must win both his matches, and hope that van Barneveld loses both of his, or that Anderson fails to win his final match.
Barney has games against Wade and Bunting in the next two weeks, and will surely get the two points he needs to secure a play off spot. However, Anderson faces Taylor this week and if he were to lose, he would face a ‘must win’ game against Adrian Lewis next week. If Taylor can beat Anderson and then James Wade on the final day, he could overtake Anderson on leg difference if he draws with Lewis, or by a single point if he loses. It sounds complicated, but Phil Taylor is keeping it simple, saying, “If I can get the win then that’s great and I’ll move on to the last game, but if I miss out it’s not the be-all and end-all”.
Night 14 Fixtures
The big games come thick and fast on Thursday night, and here’s the full fixture list:
Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting
Adrian Lewis v Michael van Gerwen
James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson
The final two matches are the two that catch the eye from a betting point of view.
James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld
James Wade – 17/102.70+1701.701.70-0.59 with Unibet
Raymond van Barneveld – 11/82.38+1381.381.38-0.72 with William Hill
Raymond van Barneveld has been in scintillating form, winning his last five matches in a row, and he’s worth following again to beat James Wade and secure his place in the play off. We picked up some tasty odds when we backed him to win both games last week, and it’s surprising to see him at such attractive odds again.
Barney only survived Judgement Night with a draw against Gary Anderson, but the Scot was one of his victims last week as he surged into the top four. James Wade battled to a draw with Stephen Bunting last week, but his play off hopes are over, and he has little left to play for but pride. With van Barneveld in such good form, it makes perfect sense to continue to follow him.
Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson
Phil Taylor – 11/82.38+1381.381.38-0.72 with Betvictor
Gary Anderson – 8/52.60+1601.601.60-0.63 with Coral
There’s no doubt about the big game of the night though, and that’s the huge clash between Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor. Anderson only needs a draw to end Taylor’s remarkable record of never failing to qualify for the play offs since the event was introduced in 2005. For Taylor it’s a simple equation – he has to win tonight and next week to stand any chance of qualification, and he’s worth backing to come out on top when his back’s against the wall.
It’s a repeat of the World Championship final where Anderson was successful, and he has already beaten The Power once in the Premier League this season. However, he’s been largely inconsistent and has laboured to 4th position. He let a 4-0 lead slip against van Barneveld last week, and while he beat van Gerwen the week before that on his double game night, he was also turned over 7-1 by Stephen Bunting. Taylor’s form has also been indifferent this season, and he was beaten quite comfortably in the end by van Gerwen last week. Prior to that he’d drawn with Lewis, beaten Dave Chisnall and lost to van Barneveld, so he needs to make sure he’s on top form tonight when he’s effectively fighting for Premier League survival.
The big players rise to the big occasions, and Taylor has shown countless times in the past why he’s considered the best player ever to grace the game. He won’t want to lose his record of always reaching the Premier League semi-finals, and he won’t go down without a fight. That makes him great betting material to come out on top against Anderson, and at least extend the stay of execution for another week.
Phil Taylor to beat Gary Anderson – 11/82.38+1381.381.38-0.72 with Betvictor
Raymond van Barneveld to beat James Wade – 11/82.38+1381.381.38-0.72 with William Hill
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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