Peter Wright will have the psychological edge for once when he meets Michael van Gerwen in the pick of the matches in week two of the Premier League from Nottingham.
The Scot had suffered 16 consecutive defeats against the world number one – a run which stretched back to June 2015 – but finally got one over the Dutchman at the weekend with a 6-4 victory at the UK Open qualifiers.
That can only boost his confidence heading into Thursday night’s rematch and Wright’s odds of 5/1 for a repeat win look good value, as does the 187/100 for Wright to hit the most 180s against an opponent who is quick to go down the board for 19.
For a safer bet to include in an accumulator, Wright +3.5 on the handicap can be backed at 13/20, meaning anything better than a 7-3 defeat would pay out.
“I’m very satisfied with how the weekend went and I feel really good,” said Wright. “I’ve changed a few things and it’s working.”
Adrian Lewis missed three darts to snatch a draw against Raymond van Barneveld last week and is fancied at 13/20 to win the opening match of the night against Dave Chisnall, who made a slow start and was well beaten 7-3 by Phil Taylor.
James Wade edged out Kim Huybrechts 7-5 last week but will surely need to raise his game against Taylor.
Taylor produced checkouts of 121 and 118 and The Power is 13/20 for the highest checkout against Wade while he is also 7/10 for victory.
Jelle Klaasen is appearing in the Premier League for the first time since 2009 and his nerves seemed to be on show last week as missed doubles proved costly in a 7-4 defeat to Wright.
That could well be the case again when he meets Gary Anderson and the two-time world champion appeals at 7/10 to win 7-4 or better. The Scot is also 17/10 to win the match, have the highest checkout and most 180s.
Huybrechts has won eight of the nine ranking matches he has played against Van Barneveld and stands out at 5/2 to extend that dominance of the Dutchman in the final match of the night.