It’s week two of the Premier League tonight in Aberdeen, where Phil Taylor vs Adrian Lewis is the pick of the five matches in Scotland. Jackpot has been out of sorts so far this year and will have to lift his game this evening if he is to get close to the 16-time world champion.
The 2/5 on Taylor may be too short for most punters but it may be worth looking at the handicap market, where he concedes -2.5 legs @ 8/11. The Power will be keen to add his first win of the campaign after drawing with Michael van Gerwen last week in Belfast.
The opening game of the night sees Raymond van Barneveld take on the debutant Wes Newton. It’s hard to look past the experienced Dutchman in this one. Newton was below par seven days ago in his defeat to James Wade. He was punished for missing too many doubles and if he does the same tonight, he will be punished again. If Barney gets off to a flyer, he will be keen to put this one to bed early. Van Barneveld is 12/1 to win 7-1 and 8/1 to win 7-2. I’d be playing small stakes on those selections in the correct score market.
The Hammer, Andy Hamilton, was unfortunate not to take anything away from his opener against Robert Thornton on week one. The Machine, James Wade, on the other hand had no problems against Newton in Belfast. This is a competition that Wade often finds his best form in and it is difficult to look past the 11/10 on the man from Aldershot.
There should be plenty of maximums in the game involving Gary Anderson and Simon Whitlock. Both players are prolific on the 180s. Betfred have marked the total 180s up at 6.5. Either player is capable of doing that on their own, so the NAP selection this evening is over 6.5 180s in this tie @ 10/11.
Finally, Michael van Gerwen should have beaten Taylor last week. The only reason he didn’t was because it was the 16-time world champion and he felt the pressure. The Dutchman will be too classy for the Thorn, Robert Thornton, and should outscore him. Van Gerwen -2.5 on the handicap looks a solid selection @ 4/5.