PDC 2011 Premier League Darts – Week 14 – Newcastle

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And so the final week of the regular Premier League Darts season is here and they’re in Newcastle. It’s my home leg, but sadly I won’t be there this year. There is always a great atmosphere in the Metro Radio Arena and I’ll be sad to miss it. Still, not much left to play for, with only one spot in the play-offs still to be decided.

Last week we went 3-3, taking us to 21-25 and -26.67 units.

I’ll be the first to admit, the Premier League has been a disaster, but we’ve got some matches left to make some of it back and set us up nicely for the UK Open.

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Let’s get right down to the action for Newcastle’s night of Premier League Darts action.

James Wade versus Terry Jenkins.

Simply put, James Wade has nothing left to play for. Phil Taylor ended his play-off hopes last week. Terry Jenkins hasn’t really had anything to play for in the last few weeks. It should be a great game, but the fact both men have nothing to play for really is a bit worrying.

While a resurgent Wade should have far too much for Jenkins, the 8/11 on offer isn’t too tempting, seeing as Wade’s thoughts might be elsewhere. I’m not saying he’s not a consumate professional, but, well…you know.

However, player to score most 180s is a nice looking market and Wade’s 4 180s last week in defeat puts Jenkins’ 1 to shame. Wade is odds-against to score more 180s than Jenkins and his resurgence in form makes me very confident with this bet.

James Wade to score more 180s than Terry Jenkins 5/4 @ 888.com

Recommend: 6 units.

Raymond van Barneveld versus Mark Webster.

Mark Webster put in a decent performance last week to draw with Simon Whitlock. The match wasn’t a classic, but Webster put in a 93.87 average, which is a huge improvement on his previous outings. However, he’s up against Raymond van Barneveld, who is no doubt on a high after comfortably taking care of Gary Anderson last week. Barney averaged roughly the same as Webster, but the manner in which he disposed of Anderson was impressive.

Webster is out of the Premier League for this year, while Barney has done more than enoguh for a play-off place. So both men having nothing but pride to play for. However, like the previous game, the most 180s market makes tempting viewing. Barney has been finding his range as of late, while Webster isn’t the most prolific of 180 scorers most of the time. So the 5/4 about Barney is yet another nice bet.

Raymond van Barneveld to score more 180s than Mark Webster 5/4 @ 888.com

Recommend: 4 units.

Adrian Lewis versus Gary Anderson.

Well, Gary Anderson is yet another player with nothing to play for this week other than pride. He’s already got his semi-final place against Raymond van Barneveld booked. on the other hand, Lewis knows he needs to win to book his play-off place. Both men will be looking to impress after not too impressive performances last week.

But the fact Lewis need this win, while Anderson doesn’t, is more than enough to convince me he’s the way to go. Add to the fact Anderson hasn’t been playing his best darts in the Premier Legue as of late, the World Champion is the way to go.

Adrian Lewis to beat Gary Anderson 7/4 @ 888.com

Recommend: 4 units.

Phil Taylor versus Simon Whitlock.

The final match of the Premier League group stage and it’s one Simon Whitlock must win. Sadly he’s facing Phil Taylor, who really does look in the mood to win this tournament. Whitlock didn’t look too great against Mark Webster, with his usual trusty scoring letting him down and leading him to a 94.97 average. Phil taylor beat a resurgent James Wade and put in an average 109.36 in the process. Gulf in class? Oh, most definitely. Any hopes Whitlock harboured about getting a play-off place will surely have disappeared by now.

However, the 1/4 about Taylor is no value at all. He should win. In fact, he probably will win. There’s no point, so just sit back and hope for another magnificent performance from the greatest player to have played the sport.

Recommend: No bet.

And that’s it from the Premier League Darts group stage. I’ll be back for the Premier League Darts Play-Offs. Until then, enjoy the darts from Newcastle and happy betting!