Author: Roy Brindley
Published: 11:34 03/02/2015
The eleventh edition of Darts Premier League gets underway in Leeds’ First Direct Arena on Thursday night. The tournament last 16 weeks and concludes in London’s O2 Arena at the end of May.
Of the ten players taking part in the 2015 rendition two are making their Premier League debuts, Stephen Bunting and Kim Huybrechts. Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright make their second appearances, Michael van Gerwen, the 2013 Champion, his third.
Phil Taylor has taken part in every Premier League since its inception, while Raymond van Barneveld has missed just one.
Unique to darts competition’s the Premier League format does allow for matches to potentially end in a draw and they frequently do. The biggest price of any of Thursday’s five matches ending as a draw (6-6 as this is a best of 12 format) is just 4/1.
In the opening game Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright can hardly be separated by the firms, the former a 7/5 chance and the latter quoted at 11/8. However, Chisnall is a strong fancy to win the match.
Last week’s Masters is the most recent form we have to go on and there Chisnall undoubtedly performed best. In the opening round, during his 10-5 demolition of Robert Thornton, the 34-year-old delivered a 105 three-dart average. It was a stunning performance; none of the other 15 players in the opening round of the competition produced an average in excess of 96!
In the second round he fell to World No. 1, and ultimate tournament winner, Michael van Gerwen but that only paints part of the picture. During his narrow 10-9 defeat he posted 13 180’s and boasted a 3-dart averaged of 108!
Peter Wright may have had a good run in the World Championships but he also had some straight-forward opponents en-route to his 5-1 quarter-final defeat at the hands of Gary Anderson. Wright’s 3-dart average in last weekend’s Masters, where he was also a second round casualty, was 94.
As final justification for supporting Chisnall there is their head-to-head record which reads: Five wins, three defeats and a draw in favour of our selection from the duos nine previous encounters.
Dave Chisnall to beat Peter Wright in the Premier League - 7/5 888Sport (7.10pm Thursday live on SKY)