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Premier League 2012 Week 12 Tips
We’re in Liverpool this week for Week 12 of the PDC 2012 Premier League, and we have another great night of darts action; James Wade starts off the night against Kevin Painter, with The Machine looking to solidify his place in the top 4 and The Artist trying to claw his way into the play-offs. Then Phil Taylor looks to bounce back from his defeat at the hands of Adrian Lewis when he takes on Simon Whitlock, with the Aussie trying to confirm his place in the play-offs. Then Andy Hamilton faces Raymond van Barneveld, and both men need a win here, although The Hammer needs one more than his Dutch opponent in terms of achieving a play-off place. Then Adrian Lewis comes off of his big win over The Power when he faces Gary Anderson, who is in woeful form at the moment and his chances of defending his Premier League title have almost certainly disappeared.
Not a bad week last week, although if Wade of Hamilton could have hit another maximum, it would have been a lot nicer. However, Kevin Painter did us a favour at a nice price, as the bookies didn’t take heed of the Gary Anderson injury, so we have a nice lift there. Yes, not a perfect night, but definitely not a bad one at all thanks to The Artist.
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James Wade versus Kevin Painter.
First match of the night is big for both men in terms of their play-chances. Wade is in the play-off places, and a win here would almost guarantee him a place in the season finale at the O2, while Painter had a big win last week over Gary Anderson which kept his slim play-off hopes alive. So it’s a big match and both men will be fighting hard for the win here.
Wade will have been disappointed with a draw last week – he’s getting into a nice rhythm, playing an opponent who hasn’t been playing his best darts every week, averages just under 100, but gets a point. That being said, Hamilton averaged just OVER 100, so the draw was a fair result. Still, Wade’s playing well at the moment and it’s no surprise to see him climbing the Premier League table week by week.
Kevin Painter was helped last week by a poor Gary Anderson, there’s no denying that. His average of 90.65 proves that. However, you can only beat what’s put in front of you, which Painter did, so the average isn’t the most important thing, it’s the result, and he got the points. That being said, he’s just not at the level required to really make a challenge against the big guns every week, so he’s having to scrape out the wins against struggling opponents. That’s not to say Painter is playing poorly every week, it’s just that his overall performance isn’t what you’d expect from the Premier League stalwarts.
A tournament average of 95.80 for Wade and 92.35 for Painter doesn’t tell the full story here. Painter’s playing very average darts, while Wade has got stronger as the weeks have went by. I’ve no doubt Wade will take the points here, but there’s no value in The Machine at 4/7. However, I like the highest checkout market here, with the line at 121.5. Painter will, as ever, need to get the big finishes, and he’s been around the 120 mark most weeks, while Wade is capable of big finishes in almost every leg.
Highest checkout in Wade versus Painter match over 121.5: 5/6 @ 888.com.
Recommend: 3 units.
Phil Taylor versus Simon Whitlock.
Yes, Phil Taylor lost last week, and Simon Whitlock won, but Whitlock was fortunate to run into a shocking Barney and Taylor met a much better Adrian Lewis. Taylor still averaged just under 99, while Whitlock only managed around 90. Taylor won 8-4 last time out with Whitlock averaging 105.44, so I don’t hold out much hope for the Aussie.
Taylor is going to win here, but there is, as always, no value in the outright win. However, the handicap is -3.5 and looking at last time out, I think Taylor is good enough to beat the handicap against his Australian opponent. The price is too good to turn down.
Phil Taylor -3.5 legs to beat Simon Whitlock: Evens @ 888.com.
Recommend: 2.5 units.
Andy Hamilton versus Raymond van Barneveld.
A big game tonight, with a lot at stake for both men. If Hamilton loses, he’s all but out of the play-off race. If Barney loses, a play-off place becomes harder to reach if results go against him.
Andy Hamilton fought like a bear last week with an average of 100.41, taking a point from James Wade. It was a great performance from a man fighting to stay in the play-off race. Looking at his final few matches, Hamilton will fancy his chances if he can win this match, although it’s going to be a tough one for him. His tournament average of 93.80 isn’t setting the league alight, and his league position of 7th is around what is expect of him, but his confidence must be high after a couple of good draws against Anderson and Wade.
Barney disappointed last week, after a great weekend before. His floor tournament double was followed up by a shocking performance against Simon Whitlock in Bournemouth. His average of 88.77 doesn’t sum up how poor he was in defeat. He’ll be looking to bounce back from that defeat and try and get into the play-off places tonight.
Both men need a win, but I think Barney was suffering from the bounce factor last week. It was a vintage Barney collapse when everyone expected a win, and I can’t see it happening two weeks in a row. Barney has had a great Premier League season, and this is his chance to get back on track with just a few weeks left. All the stats point to Barney, with him winning 8-6 in their first match this season, as well as having a far superior tournament average and more tournament maximums.
Raymond van Barneveld to beat Andy Hamilton: 8/11 @ 888.com.
Recommend: 4 units.
Adrian Lewis versus Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson has written off this season, after a heartbreaking Premier League for him. So, Adrian Lewis looks a certainty here. I won’t go into too much detail here, simply because Anderson himself has said that it’s over for him this year. Lewis should rack up a convincing win here, and the handicap line of -2.5 is comfortable for Jackpot, considering Anderson could only take 4 legs from Kevin Painter last week, and Lewis is coming off the back of a win over the previously undefeated Phil Taylor.
Adrian Lewis -2.5 legs to beat Gary Anderson: Evens @ 888.com.
Recommend: 3.5 units.
And that’s all from Week 12 of the PDC Premier League 2012 Premium Darts Betting Tips from Liverpool. Remember to check back next week for more darts betting tips, this time coming from NIA in Birmingham.