PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS FORM GUIDE – WEEK 4
Week Four of the PDC Premier League comes from the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Three players are unbeaten so far, whilst four players are chasing their first win. My form guide will give you all the info you need to compliment your darting evening on Thursday.
First up as usual is the stats table which gives the lowdown on the players recent TV form stats and how they have fared in recent head to head matches.
If that isn’t enough! Here is your player analysis guide which gives some vital info how the players are performing on the averages, 180’s, checkouts and more.
Huybrechts vs Chisnall
Form – Huybrechts registered his first point in the Premier League by drawing 6-6 with Adrian Lewis last week. It has to be noted that his losses came against van Gerwen and Wade so a tough three matches so far. Chisnall is unbeaten after 3 matches played following up his wins against Wright and Barney with a draw against Wade last week.
Averages – Huybrechts had his lowest average so far last week scoring just under 89, nearly 10 points down on his highest average which came in week one. Although he is unbeaten with two wins and a draw Chisnall has the lowest overall average of any player in the league with his total at 92.99 with three weeks played.
180’s – Chisnall leads the 180 count scoring 7 to the 6 by Huybrechts with Chisnall playing one leg fewer. Both players hit their highest match total last week with 4 scored each. In their meeting at the Grand Slam last November Huybrechts outscored Chisnall 11-8 over 31 legs.
Finishing –From his 20 legs won thus far the highest checkout from Chisnall is 101. Huybrechts highest out so far is a 78 in week one.
Head to Head – The head to head is heavily weighted in favour of Chisnall 9-3 with 6 wins out of the last 7 meetings. Half of the overall games have gone to a last leg though and only 2 have had more than a 2 leg difference. The most recent match between the pair was in the semi-finals of the Grand Slam in 2014 where Chisnall edged a thriller 16-15.
Anderson vs Wade
Form – Anderson has 2 wins a 1 defeat coming into the fourth week. His defeat against MVG last time out would have been a disappointment as he saw plenty of chances to win legs wasted. Wade is unbeaten after 3 matches with a win against Huybrechts and draws against Bunting and most recently Chisnall.
Averages – Anderson has a tournament average of 100 but has averaged under the 100 mark twice. His average last week would have been significantly higher but for missed doubles, his first 9 darts average was very good at 116. Wade only averaged 90 last week which was a big drop from the previous week where he carded a 104 average. His overall tournament average is just over 96.
180’s – Anderson hit 5 180’s last week which took his overall total to 8. Wade has only hit 2 so far in the 2015 Premier League and failed to register a 180 last week despite 12 x 140+ scores.
Finishing – Anderson has a 31% checkout rate for the tournament, his finishing let him down last week as he missed a total of 13 darts at doubles in legs he lost against MVG. Wades finishing is the 3rd best in the PL so far and would have been better had he not taken 10 darts to hit the winning double in a leg against Chisnall last week.
Head to Head – The head to head record is in favour of Anderson overall 19-11 though he has lost his last two Premier League meetings with Wade. The last match between them was at the Masters earlier in the month when Anderson raced into a 5-0 lead with a 121 average before seeing the game out 10-5.
van Gerwen vs Lewis
Form – van Gerwen brings a 100% winning record into week 4 having defeated current World Champion Gary Anderson 7-4 last week in Liverpool. After an impressive opening week Adrian Lewis will be disappointed in how he has played in losing against Taylor and drawing with Huybrechts in the past two weeks.
Averages – MVG has the highest tournament average with 106 over his three matches to date, including a best of 109 in week 2, his average has been over 100 every week. Lewis has the single highest match average with his 113.8 in week 1. He hasn’t averaged over 100 in the subsequent matches though and posted a 92 against Huybrechts.
180’s – These are the two most prolific 180 hitters in the tournament so far. Lewis has hit 12 in 29 legs with MVG scoring 10 180’s in 31 legs. Both have hit at least 4 in 2 of their matches.
Finishing – MVG surprisingly only hit a high checkout of 56 in his win against Anderson last week though he has registered a high of 145 and 138 in his previous games. The overall tournament checkout % for van Gerwen is just under 49%. Lewis is capable of hitting high outs effortlessly but has failed to hit a checkout of over 100 in his last 2 matches.
Head to Head – van Gerwen leads 20 wins to 10 in the head to head record which includes 10 wins in their last 12 matches. Lewis has beaten MVG this season though in the final of a UK Open qualifier. The most recent TV meeting was a 11-6 win for van Gerwen in the Masters.
Bunting vs van Barneveld
Form – Bunting has had a tough introduction to the Premier League with back to back defeats against van Gerwen and Taylor last week where Bunting played well below the levels he is capable of. Barney also comes into the match looking for his first win of the 2015 PL although he should have registered a win last week when he let slip a 5-1 lead against Peter Wright.
Averages – Both players are averaging under 95 for the entire tournament, though both have also hit a 100+ average in a match. van Barneveld hit his highest of just under 103 last week, whilst Bunting hit his lowest of 84.6 in his defeat against Taylor.
180’s – Not a lot to separate the two on the 180s scored with van Barneveld just edging it 9-8, both have hit a high of 5 180s in a single match so are capable of beating the 180 betting handicap.
Finishing – Bunting has not been impressive on his finishing so far with no ton plus checkout and an overall tournament checkout percentage of just under 30%. RVB has also failed to hit a checkout of over 100 but his finishing last week overall was impressive with 6 hit from 9 attempts.
Head to Head – There hasn’t been a lot of previous history between the pair with only 2 meetings both going the way of van Barneveld. The encounters have been very closely matched especially the most recent which saw the Dutchman edge Bunting 5-4 in the World Championship quarter-final.
Taylor vs Wright
Form – Taylor responded in perfect fashion to his opening week defeat by winning back to back matches comfortably against Lewis and Bunting dropping only 3 legs the process. Wright rescued his first point of the season last week coming from 5-1 behind to draw with van Barneveld when it looked as though he might be facing his third 7-1 defeat in a row.
Averages – Taylor has averaged over 100 in each of the 3 weeks so far and is only second to van Gerwen in the overall tournament average. Interestingly though Taylor has not scored the highest total match average in any of the 3 weeks. Although Wright averaged over 100 in the second week he failed to break 94 in either of the other weeks and has a low of 87 on the opening night.
180’s – Neither player is up with the big 180 hitters over the 3 weeks with both players only scoring 5 so far. 3 in a single week is the best from both players also.
Finishing – Taylor hit the highest overall checkout last week with a 151 and Wright also posted his own highest with a 147. Taylor has the best tournament checkout % and hasn’t average under 50% on the doubles in any of his 3 matches. Wright has had the fewest attempts at doubles with only 25 so far.
Head to Head – Taylor leads the head to head by a wide margin of 10 wins to 2 but looking closer their last 4 matches have seen Wright win 2 and draw 1 (including a win and a draw in last year’s PL). Taylor did win their last meeting though in the 2014 Grand Slam.
Feel free to comment on how you see the games going and if my stats have helped you take on the bookie and win or storm to the top of your Premier League prediction table.