Back Taylor to Restore Premier League Pride

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The four play off place in the Betway Premier League are now confirmed after Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson joined Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall in the semi-finals, after winning their respective matches in Newcastle last week.

However, there’s still plenty to play for this week, as the four players jostle for position. Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall meet in a winner-takes-all clash for 1st place in the Premier League, while Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld will fight it out for third place, depending on their results against Adrian Lewis and Stephen Bunting. Phil Taylor let us down last week when he lost to Anderson, and he has failed to qualify for the play offs for the first time since its inception in 2005, but we’re giving The Power another chance this week to restore some pride in his final match against James Wade.

Night 14 

It was a thrilling night last week at Newcastle, where Dave Chisnall kicked things off with a 7-1 thrashing of Stephen Bunting to secure at least 2nd place in the Premier League table. Adrian Lewis then scored a shock 7-5 win over Michael van Gerwen to keep himself in with a faint chance of qualification, but that door started to close in the next match, when van Barneveld got the point he needed in a 6-6 draw with James Wade. That took Barney three points clear of Lewis, and four ahead of Taylor who had to win the final match against Anderson to keep his play off hopes alive. However, the door was firmly shut on both Lewis and Taylor when Anderson beat The Power 7-5 in the final game to confirm his place in the top four.

Night 15 Fixtures

This week’s fixtures see Taylor and Wade compete first in a relatively meaningless game, but each of the other three games will have a bearing on the final positions. Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall meet in the finale, with van Gerwen needing just a draw to finish top of the table, and Chisnall needing a win to overtake his rival.

1st position plays 4th in the play offs, with 2nd facing 3rd, and assuming that van Gerwen finishes 1st, both Anderson and van Barneveld have motivation earlier in the evening to secure 3rd rather than 4th and thus avoid van Gerwen in the semi-final. Anderson is in the box seat at the moment as he leads van Barneveld by a point, but both have tricky matches with Anderson taking on Lewis, and van Barneveld playing Bunting.

Phil Taylor v James Wade

Raymond van Barneveld v Stephen Bunting

Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson

Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall

Phil Taylor v James Wade

Phil Taylor –  -125  with Bet365

James Wade –  +275  with Skybet

Draw –  +400  with SkybetBetvictor and William Hill

Although this match is meaningless in terms of the Premier League table, Phil Taylor will want to go out on a high after failing to qualify for the play offs. He can probably count himself a little unlucky, as he’s posted the second-best tournament average of 102.45 (only van Gerwen was better with 104.01), but the results simply haven’t gone his way. It’s been a similarly disappointing season for James Wade, who has probably drawn a few too many matches, and Taylor is worth backing to restore a little bit of pride in his final game with the pressure off.

Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson

Adrian Lewis –  +175  with BoylesportsCoral and Skybet

Gary Anderson –  +120  with Betvictor and William Hill

Draw –  +380  with Unibet

This is one of the big ties of the night, at least for Gary Anderson, who is aiming to secure third position in the table and a probable semi-final against Dave Chisnall. He won’t know the outcome of van Gerwen and Chisnall’s match which takes place later, but he does have the advantage of playing after his rival for third spot, Raymond van Barneveld. Anderson remains a point clear of Barney, so the Dutchman has to win his game against Bunting to overtake Anderson.

Whether or not he achieves that, Anderson can still be backed to assert his authority over Lewis and guarantee third place. The current World Champion advanced at the expense of Phil Taylor last week, and despite starting the Premier League well, he had suffered a blip in form over the last 4-5 weeks by his own admission. He came back to form with victory at the right time last week, and is worth following to continue the good work against Lewis. The Jackpot has spoken recently about his struggle with the Premier League as he plays best under the pressure of a knockout competition, and he might find it hard to raise himself for this game, which is effectively meaningless to him.

Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall

Michael van Gerwen –  -163  with Boylesports and Coral

Dave Chisnall –  +340  with Unibet

Draw –  +450  with SkybetBetvictor and William Hill

There’s no doubting the match of the night though, as Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall face off in a battle for 1st place in the Premier League table. Michael van Gerwen is now odds-on to win the Premier League, and we’re happy with our original bet at the start of the season on van Gerwen and van Barneveld to win the title. Mighty Mike was a  +250  shot, while Barney was recommended each way at  +2200  If you took those bets, bear in mind that they could be on a collision course for the semi final if they finish 1st and 4th respectively, so now might be a good time to cash out or lay off the bet on van Barneveld – who is currently trading at +500  to lift the trophy.

Back to the match in hand, van Gerwen can be backed to beat Chisnall and secure top spot. Chizzy has had a brilliant season to reach the play offs, but van Gerwen will be determined to finish at the head of the Premier league again, and he’ll be hurting after the defeat last week.

Tips Summary

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To win matches on the night:

Phil Taylor –  -125  with Bet365

Gary Anderson –  +120  with Betvictor and William Hill

Michael van Gerwen –  -163  with Boylesports and Coral

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