Dave Chisnall will be hoping to kick-start his Premier League campaign when he plays twice at Exeter’s Westpoint Arena on Thursday night.
World champion Michael van Gerwen was due to face James Wade but has pulled out of the week five schedule due to a back injury. It means Chisnall, sitting bottom of the table with just one win, will open the night against Raymond van Barneveld before taking on Wade.
The chances of Chisnall picking up anything from the Dutchman appear slim given he has lost five of their last six meetings. Van Barneveld has prevailed 7-5 twice in four Premier League encounters but we like the look of a 7-4 success at 13/2 for the five-time world champion.
Chisnall, 13/10 for victory over van Barneveld and 11/10 to beat Wade, said: “It’s a shame Michael’s injured but I’ve got to try and make the most of it. If I have a good night it could be massive for my season. I’ve got to see it like one of the nights later in the season when you would play twice anyway and hopefully I can pick up points in both games.”
After an opening-night win over Adrian Lewis, ‘Barney’ has picked up two draws either side of defeat to great rival Phil Taylor but is 11/20 to return to winning ways.
Wade heads to Exeter still unbeaten after wins over Kim Huybrechts and Lewis, alongside draws with Taylor and Van Gerwen. ‘The Machine’ is 13/20 to prevail but we think he can take advantage of Chisnall’s second appearance of the night and a 7-3 success appeals at 9/1.
Taylor also puts his unbeaten record on the line against Gary Anderson, who arrives in confident mood after thrashing Peter Wright 6-1 in the final of Players Championship Two in Barnsley last weekend. ‘The Power’ is 39/20 to derail ‘The Flying Scotsman’ but the draw is definitely an attractive option at 7/2 while we fancy Anderson to hit the most 180s at 3/5.
Lewis, who drew with Van Gerwen last week, takes on Wright in another match which is difficult to predict. ‘Jackpot’ will take a lot of confidence from his point against the world number one and he also hit a nine-darter last weekend. He is 51/50 to beat Wright and 8/1 to win the match, have the most 180s and the highest checkout.
Lewis said: “I’m playing really well on the floor so I’ve got to take that onto stage and I’m not really doing that, which is frustrating but hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll put it right.”
The other match sees Jelle Klaasen up against Huybrechts, with both players seeking a win which will boost their chances of avoiding elimination.
This is also a clash which can go either way but a draw at 7/2 cannot be discounted. We do like the look of a 7/4 win for Klaasen at 5/1 as ‘The Cobra’ attempts to build on his win over Chisnall.