HELLO, good afternoon and welcome to my blog. I hope it reaches you well. The traffic’s already building up in and around north London as darts fans from all over the world descend upon Wembley Arena for tonight’s Premier League Darts 2011 play-offs.
The semis are a best of 15 affair, which is only slightly different to the league format inasmuch as there is no scope for a draw, but the players must look to get eight legs on the board to win. It won’t surprise any of you to hear that I’ll be piling into Taylor to take the championship, but as that isn’t the value shout I’m also looking at other, better value, money-making opportunities.
I’ll be casting an eye over Gary Anderson this evening as I believe he’ll hold the key to the way the Play-Offs pan out. Get on him to score more than 4.5 180s and because I have faith in his maximum potential, pile into the NAP SELECTION of over 7.5 180s (1.83 or better) total for the whole match as you can be sure Barney will notch at least a hat-trick of maximums to complement Anderson's five or more.
It’s about time Anderson showed up on the big stage and while I can’t see past another trophy for The Power, I believe the Scot has enough in his top drawer to give Taylor the match of his life in the final – if he gets there! As we all know, it’s trebles for show, doubles for dough and let’s face it, there can’t be many worse things in the world than having Barney breathe down your neck. To this end, over 12.5 legs in this match looks like free money to me, although the stingy odds of around 1.4 at the time of writing totally reflect this assertion.
For a semblance of value, look at Dutching a couple of Taylor’s scores in the semi then roll it over onto the final. I’d recommend nothing above 8-5 for the semi and nothing above 10-6 for the final (it’s best of nineteen in the deciding match), regardless of who he faces, although I’d be looking at 10-2, 10-3, 10-4 The Power if he faces Barney, but 10-5, 10-6, 10-7 if he comes up against Anderson.
Good luck & happy punting!