The Premier League of Darts arrives in Exeter this Thursday, as Phil Taylor and co look to dazzle audiences at the Westpoint Arena. Arguably the match of the evening will be the one that ends the night with reigning Premier League Champion Gary Anderson, going up against World Champion Adrian Lewis. As the most local of the eight Premier League stars, Somerset-based Anderson will be hopeful of receiving the support of the audience this evening, which could prove vital against an increasingly unpopular Adrian Lewis, however his Scottish roots could also pull the crowd in favour of the Englishman.
Kevin Painter v James Wade
Painter has made an extremely impressive start to his Premier League career, winning two out of his opening three games with a combined average of 90.57 to leave himself in second place. He is going up against James Wade who has lost all three of his matches, despite averaging four points higher than Painter with 94.19 (James Wade 10/11 to beat Painter). He will be hoping he does not run into another inspired performance come Thursday and can get some points on the board, however Painter will be confident given his current vein of form (Painter 7/1 to win 8-5).
Raymond Van Barneveld v Andy Hamilton
World-finalist Andy Hamilton has also made a solid start to his Premier League campaign, picking up three points from his first three games, finding himself one position above his opponent tonight in sixth place (Andy Hamilton 6/4 to beat Barneveld). The Dutchman has the second highest average of the tournament so far, however, with 101.07 and will be confident of turning good performances into wins sooner rather than later (Barneveld 13/2 to win 8-6).
Simon Whitlock v Phil Taylor
Despite claiming his best days might be behind him after his early exit in the World Championships, Phil Taylor has come back with a bang, wowing audiences in the first three weeks of the Premier League. His lowest average thus far has been an 108.27 against Kevin Painter, which included a nine-dart finish (Phil Taylor 4/11 to beat Simon Whitlock). He will surely have too much for the Wizard tonight and expect a big victory (Phil Taylor 7/1 to win 8-3).
Gary Anderson v Adrian Lewis
The last match of the evening should be an enthralling duel with two of the most exciting players in darts going head to head. Gary Anderson has the lowest combined average in this year’s event but has somehow managed to turn this into results and finds himself in third place with four points (Gary Anderson 5/4 to beat Adrian Lewis). However, Adrian Lewis has consistently averaged in the high 90s and will be hoping to take advantage of any dip Anderson may suffer on Thursday (Adrian Lewis 5/1 to win 8-6).