HELLO, good afternoon and welcome to my blog. Having had to give, albeit regrettably, one of my people in the know his concrete slippers yesterday evening, I’m relying on my own instincts tonight ahead of tonight’s darts matches. It’s week six of the Premier League Darts and we still haven’t had a draw. We haven’t had a whitewash yet either and while an 8-0 is highly unlikely I have a sneaky feeling The Power may come close. The big NAP selection might come as a surprise to you, my loyal followers, but Taylor looked as if he was functioning closer to his imperious best last week in defeating erstwhile table-topper Gary Anderson, so a ‘dutch’ of Taylor 8-1 and 8-2 over Whitlock should pay out at odds of at least 17/1 and that’s a corking bet, especially given that you can cover your stake in running if you don’t want to leave yourself any liability.
Jenkins v Wade
Jenkins produced some amazing arrows last week to hammer Webster, who had looked like a world-beater the week before, so on that basis this match looks the toughest to call. I’d advise backing the draw with a view to trade out in-running here as we’re still awaiting the first tied match of the Premier League 2011.
Barney v Webster
Despite looking like he doesn’t want to be there half the time, Barney has the ability to thump Webster this evening. Whether or not he’ll rise to the occasion, however, is a different matter as the Dutchman seems to have problems motivating himself these days. Webster, on the other hand, will be ruing his poor performance against ‘The Bull’ last week and will give Barney a close game. I expect Van Barneveld to shade it, but again backing the draw with a view to a trade seems the safest option.
Whitlock v Taylor
The Power beat Whitlock in the 2010 World Championship final and I fully expect him to repeat this feat tonight. While Taylor’s win over Anderson last week was a gritty, battling performance rather than an annihilation, I believe he’s approaching his best, while Whitlock – a talented player himself – hasn’t quite got used to the Premier League as yet. The crowd will be on the Australian’s side, that’s for sure, but this will only make Taylor try harder. Back The Power here.
Anderson v Lewis
Anderson, desperate to show that he’s put the World Championship final behind him, will be looking to crush Lewis tonight in front of his home crowd. It won’t be easy for Anderson as Lewis has improved immensely in terms of holding it together in front of big crowds since his flaky days of 2008 and 2009, but the Flying Scotsman has performed superbly for the last few weeks and I’m confident he can shade it 8-6 or 8-5 tonight. Back Anderson.
Good luck and happy punting!
Remember: While Wagon Wheels and Creme Eggs are much smaller these days, think of how many you’ll be able to scoff with your winnings.