Darts PDC Premier League – Week 1 Preview
Kim Huybrechts v James Wade – 02 Feb, 19:00
Two PDC wildcards cut the ribbon of the 2017 Premier League, with an abundance of 180’s expected from two big scorers. Wadey is one of the finest match-players on the circuit and enjoys this first to seven race. Back 7-4 and ‘The Machine’ to see off the challenge of the Belgian, getting his 2017 Premier League ball rolling.
Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis – 02 Feb, 19:45
It was one a piece in last year’s Premier League, and with both players often showing signs of complacency the prices are noticeably tight between these former World Champions. Lewis showed character at The Masters, with Barney sinking to his tenth straight defeat against Anderson – however expect form to go out of the window in Leeds. Expect all twelve legs to be played culminating in a 6-6 draw, with neither player showing the aggression needed to take two points.
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall – 02 Feb, 20:30
With six Premier League crowns, reaching eight finals, Taylor knows his way around this format. The only way ‘Chizzy’ will have any real success is if he can finish his doubles in Leeds, with his high scoring assured. Back Chisnall to win the 180 contest with Taylor stealing this late on with a 7-5 win.
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen – 02 Feb, 21:15
With MVG seemingly unbeatable at the moment, Gary Anderson holds the torch for the PDC challengers to his throne. Coming close in The Masters final, Anderson may benefit from a match over a shorter format. MVG is a born winner and is going to want to go through the Premier League season unbeaten – a strong possibility. Back a 7-5 win for the Dutchman as he catches fire in the last three legs.
Peter Wright v Jelle Klaasen – 02 Feb, 22:00
Returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2009, Jelle Klaasen has a tricky opener against Wright in Leeds. Wright is still in the hunt for that illusive major crown, and over 16 weeks of the Premier League is expected to be a contender come May. In the final match of the night, expect Wright to tame the finishing of the Dutchman with dynamic doubling, sealing a win inside 11.5 legs.