It is week three of the 2013 Premier League Darts betting and only three of the ten competitors remain unbeaten. So there could be a tight battle ahead in this newly expanded league. After nine games played, the bottom two suffer relegation, while the remaining eight all play each other again in a race to finish in the top four and make the semi final knockouts.
It is Raymond van Barneveld setting the early pace in 2013 Premier League darts betting with two wins from two. Head to online bookmaker Bet365 for superb live in running darts betting, and the highly rated bookmaker offers up to a £200 free bet for new customers registering an account with them.
James Wade v Adrian Lewis
It has been a win and a loss for James Wade to open with and he hasn’t been scoring that highly either. So that will make him vulnerable here. However, Adrian Lewis just hasn’t been at the races at all early into the new season, losing both of his opening matches by a 7-3 scoreline against Simon Whitlock and Phil Taylor. Really little to chose between these, but early pressure is on Lewis. Would just edge the steadier hand of Wade for a very narrow win.
Wade 7/4, Lewis 6/5, Draw 19/5
Robert Thornton v Wes Newton
It has been a very good, solid start from Scotland’s Robert Thornton in the 2013 Premier League darts, in what is his debut season. He nailed a 7-5 win over Andy Hamilton on week one and followed that up with a battling draw against Michael van Gerwen last week in Aberdeen. The early fixtures have been nice to Thornton who could extend his unbeaten run before facing up to the big guns. Wes Newton has found early life in the Premier League tough again as he lost his two openers heavily against James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld. Thornton looks good to ride this week, Newton looks a bit out of his depth.
Thornton 11/10, Newton 9/5, Draw 19/5
Simon Whitlock v Phil Taylor
The big clash of the week and Phil Taylor goes into match three unbeaten. He picked up a draw on the opening week against the young powerhouse Michael van Gerwen and then eased himself to a 7-3 win over Adrian Lewis last week. This really is Taylor’s format and Taylor’s competition. He generally doesn’t have much of a problem against the Wizard, and with Whitlock winning one and losing one, then there hasn’t been anything to suggest that the Australian will majorly up his game and beat The Power. Would swing with Taylor of course.
Whitlock 9/2, Taylor 1/2, Draw 9/2
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
A battle of the Dutchmen in Bournemouth and both are unbeaten. In his debut Premier League of darts season, Van Gerwen, runner up in the World Championship to Phil Taylor, took a draw against Phil Taylor and Robert Thornton from his first two matches. It has been steady enough from him and he has been returning a good three dart average. He hasn’t been overwhelmed in his debut season, and now takes on Van Barneveld, who is well seasoned in the Premier League. Barneveld has already posted two big wins and is the only man left standing with a 100 record. This could go either way, Barneveld has posted three dart averages of over 100 in each of two matches, and is very slightly edging it.
Van Gerwen 13/10, Van Barneveld 6/4, Draw 7/2
Andy Hamilton v Gary Anderson
Both of these go into week three with a win and a loss under their belt. After losing the opener against Robert Thornton, Andy Hamilton hit back last week to beat James Wade. Gary Anderson has a lot of power in his game, but is not as consistent as he can be. He did churn out a win over Simon Whitlock last week in Aberdeen following an opening defeat against Raymond van Barneveld. Little to split them, maybe worth a shot at a draw.
Hamilton 7/4, Anderson 11/10, Draw 19/5
2013 Premier League Darts Outright Winner Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Phil Taylor 7/4, Michael van Gerwen 5/2, Raymond van Barneveld 11/2, Simon Whitlock 11/1, Gary Anderson 14/1, James Wade 16/1, Adrian lewis 16/1, Robert Thornton 16/1, Andy Hamilton 22/1, Wes Newton 50/1