Week 5 of the Premier League rolls into the Exeter cauldron with debutant Peter Wright the only player to arrive in Devon with an unbeaten record. Below are previews of four of the night’s matches with the fourfold on all selections paying out a handsome £106.92 to a £10 stake.
Peter Wright to beat Robert Thornton @ 4/5
Peter Wright sits at the top of the standings in what is already shaping up to be a dream debut season in the Premier League.
Snakebite is the only player left going into Week 5 with an unbeaten record and that has forced him into odds-on favouritism for his clash against Robert Thornton of which he would have been surely been the outsider of two if they had played on opening night.
The Thorn has bounced back well from throwing away winning positions in his first two matches by overcoming Gary Anderson in their all-Scottish clash in Belfast before sharing the spoils with Wes Newton last week.
Current form alone entitles Wright to be ahead in the market but that jolly’s tag is further understood when examining the recent record between the two players.
Although Snakebite only leads their head-to-head 6-5 he has won his last three matches against the Scot in a similar format and of all of the players set to go off odds-on in Exeter the World Championship finalist looks the most secure.
Raymond van Barneveld to beat Dave Chisnall @ 4/5
Raymond van Barneveld produced arguably the best performance of the league so far when inflicting a first defeat of the campaign on reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and it’s difficult not to see the Dutchman following it up with victory over a jaded Dave Chisnall.
Chizzy was one of the few players unbeaten after Week 2, following an opening night victory over Thornton and what now looks to be an excellent draw against Wright. However, his level has dipped since with defeats versus van Gerwen and last week against Gary Anderson who looked to be there for the taking following his performance in Northern Ireland.
The 33-year-old won’t be able to find much encouragement from his recent encounters with Barney either having lost their last three meetings, and with the pressure of being third from bottom hanging over him, a third successive defeat looks likely.
Michael van Gerwen to beat Adrian Lewis @ 4/5
Adrian Lewis continues to be one of the most difficult players to predict on the circuit, failing to build on wins in the opening two weeks with two of the heaviest defeats seen in the league so far. Jackpot was favourite to beat both Wes Newton and Peter Wright but could only manage three legs between those matches and another season of Premier League struggle now looks on the cards.
Van Gerwen, fresh from adding another title at the Dutch Masters last weekend, would be strongly fancied if he hadn’t relinquished his unbeaten record against van Barneveld last week but the advice is still to support MVG to bounce back and potentially reclaim top spot.
Lewis could easily turn it on and win the match but there are real doubts about whether the week in-week out format suits Lewis and another heavy loss could be unavoidable, especially considering he has lost his last three matches to the champ.
Gary Anderson to beat Phil Taylor +2.5 frame @ 5/6
Phil Taylor finally got off the mark last week after finding himself in unchartered waters at the bottom of the table after Week 3.
However, any strong claims that The Power is back in business need to be tempered with a reminder that the man he beat, Simon Whitlock, was sharing bottom place with him at the time and has looked even more of a shell of himself than Taylor.
As a result the advice is to support Gary Anderson to win the match with a handicap advantage of 2.5 legs and potentially reignite the doubts that have hounded Taylor these past few weeks.
The 16-time World Champion predictably has an outstanding record against the Scot, winning 24 of their 31 meetings, however, Anderson was excellent when it mattered in securing his second win of the campaign against Chisnall last time and could have been underestimated as much as Taylor’s revival has been overblown.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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