Peter Wright has won both of his Premier League matches this season so far.

Peter the Wright Bet in Premier League Darts

Peter Wright has won both of his Premier League matches this season so far.

It’s been a thrilling start to the Premier League of Darts, with the PDC’s top players producing some superb action already with the season just two weeks old. It’s proven to be a happy hunting ground for us in the past and we’ve already hit some decent winners in the competition so far. We’re hoping for a clean sweep this week in Dublin with three great value bets on three players in excellent form.

Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor were the stars of the show last week in Newcastle, with both recording 111 averages as they swept to victories against Gary Anderson and James Wade respectively. Both had points to prove after losing their matches on night one, and both did so in impeccable fashion. Gary Anderson was making his first appearance of the season after missing out on week one due to illness, but he was shown no mercy by van Gerwen as the Dutchman cruised to a 7-3 victory with six 180’s and a highest checkout of 105. Phil Taylor was our value bet for the Premier Leage title before the season started, but he gave us cause for concern when he went down 7-2 to Raymond van Barneveld on night one in Leeds. However, he absolutely flew back to form with an imperious display against James Wade in Newcastle, ratcheting up a 7-1 win and notching 7 out of 10 double attempts.

We were also perilously close to calling a draw last week between Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld, with the game evenly poised at 5-5. However, it was Wright who pulled through to take the final two legs and the match 7-5. Both men feature in our tips this week along with Michael van Gerwen, and each of the three have games that they will feel they should win in their quest to finish in the top four.

Peter Wright v James Wade

First up it’s Peter Wright who looks a big price at  +110  with SkybetBet365 and BetVictor to overcome the challenge of James Wade.

Wright has been on our radar for some time, and it seems only a matter of time before his consistent performances are rewarded with more tournament wins. He’s had the perfect start to this Premier League season with two wins from two against Michael Smith (7-2) and Raymond van Barneveld (7-5) putting him in second place in the fledgling Premier League table. It was a strange game last week against Barney, with neither player putting their best foot forward in a match littered with missed doubles. Wright managed to hold his nerve to grab the win, but his average of 88 tells it’s own story. The three-dart average of 99 that he secured in his 7-2 defeat of Michael Smith on night one is more indicative of the kind of darts he can play, and he’ll be keen to regain that sort of form here.

James Wade also has two victories in the Premier League and is level on 4 points with Wright, but he has also played an extra game – the 7-1 defeat at the hands of Phil Taylor last week. Wade shocked the world number one on night one with a 7-4 victory over van Gerwen, and he followed that up with a 7-4 defeat of newcomer Michael Smith last week. The table shows that Wade has a 0 leg difference compared to Wright’s +7, and it could be the left-hander’s downfall that he gives up too many legs. If Wright is on his game he could run away with this one.

Michael van Gerwen v Adrian Lewis

Michael van Gerwen is a decent price at  -161  with Betfair to beat Adrian Lewis – if he can maintain the form he showed in Newcastle last week.

Lewis has had a great start to his season and tops the Premier League table with two wins from two and a +9 leg difference. His victories have come over Michael Smith (7-1) on night one and Dave Chisnall (7-4) on night two. He hit 100 and 98 averages in the two games, and took out 53% and 44% of double attempts. He’s been in great form this season after reaching the final of the World Championship where he lost out to defending champion Gary Anderson, and he’ll give van Gerwen a good run for his money here.

If the world number one can retain the form he showed last week in his incredible match with Anderson though, it will be hard for anyone to live with him. He hit that 111 average and took out 70% of his double attempts in a superb display of accuracy. Before the tournament began he spoke of his desire to top the Premier league table again and that first night defeat against James Wade seems to have given him focus.

Robert Thornton v Raymond van Barneveld

Finally we’re backing Raymond van Barneveld to grab his second win of the season against Robert Thornton at  -125  with Bet365Coral and William Hill

Thornton withdrew from night two last week in Newcastle due to illness, and he’ll be returning here for just his second match of the season after being whitewashed 7-0 by Dave Chisnall on night one. It’s been the worst possible start for the player returning to Premier League action, but it won’t get any easier against the Dutchman who is back in pretty decent form.

van Barneveld has spoken of his desire to have a good season this time around in the Premier League, and he had the perfect start by beating Phil Taylor 7-2 on opening night with a 103 average and 7 out of 9 double attempts. He was much less proficient last week against Peter Wright when a succession of missed double cost him, but he can be expected to improve this week and grab the initiative against Thornton, who is still feeling his way back into the highly competitive arena of the Premier league.

Tips Summary

Peter Wright to beat James Wade
Thursday 18th February, 19:00 GMT Start
Odds:  +110

Michael van Gerwen to beat Adrian Lewis
Thursday 18th February, 19:00 GMT Start
Odds:  -161

Raymond van Barneveld to beat Robert Thornton
Thursday 18th February, 19:00 GMT Start
Odds:  -125

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