HELLO, good morning and welcome to my blog. I hope it reaches you well. My most loyal followers will be well aware that I have landed my last three NAPS on the Premier League Darts, so this week I’ll be looking to continue that winning streak.
In a curious quirk of the fixtures, each match tonight sees a winner from last week play a loser from last week. The first match, on initial inspection, looks more like a Before And After slimming advert than a darts contest as it features the ever-expanding bespectacled left-hander James Wade, versus the altogether more slimline version in the shape of Mark Webster. Wade’s Premier League chances looked dead and buried three weeks ago, but he suddenly seems to be rejuvenated after two consecutive wins. Webster, meanwhile, is on a shocking losing streak and his 8-2 demolition of Adrian Lewis on March 3 is a dim and distant memory. Despite Webster’s abysmal run I expect him to give Wade a bit of a game, but the Machine will triumph in this one.
The recommended bet is therefore to back a Wade win @ 1.75, which represents pretty good value as this punt has been matched as low as 1.6 already.
Jenkins/Barney is the next game up for inspection. Barney lost 6-8 in the corresponding fixture, but he has won three out of his last four and I don’t see why he can’t continue this run of form against Jenkins. While The Bull was swept away by Taylor 8-2 last week (NAP landed), he’ll put up a better fight against Barney, so the recommendation here is to back Jenkins on the handicap (+2.5 legs) at 1.81 or better. This way, you’re covering a lot of potential outcomes.
Thirdly, we have Whitlock against Anderson. Expect a 180-fest in this contest as both players are prolific maximum scorers with the pair already posting a maximum count in the 40s for the tournament, matched only by Phil Taylor. Back over 7.5 180s at anything better than 1.8. I expect a close-run contest here, the closest of the night in fact, so try backing the draw with a view to trading out after five or six legs.
And finally, we have the clash of the Stoke heavyweights Taylor v Lewis. There is nothing Taylor would like more than to avenge his week one defeat against his protégé Lewis and to this end I can see no other outcome than a resounding victory. Taylor’s nine consecutive wins ahead of this game will have been no more than preparation for this one in The Power’s eyes. I can’t quite envisage a whitewash, but a dutch of 8-1, 8-2, 8-3 to Taylor has to be tonight’s NAP selection, which currently works out at a tasty 2.64.
Good luck and happy punting!
Remember: Form is temporary, tattoos are permanent.
(For reference, Dutching is when you want to bet on more than one outcome in any given event, in order to win the same amount, regardless of which selection is successful. There are several Dutching Calculators online for you to tinker around with for free)