Premier League Darts Form Guide – Week 7
The Premier League is in Glasgow this week for the 7th round of fixtures where van Gerwen and Chisnall the top two in the table face off and there is also plenty at stake across all the fixtures.
All you need to know stats wise about the players is in this handy little chart.
Moving onto the match by match analysis:
Wade vs Lewis
Form – Wade picked up his 2nd win of the PL season last week when he defeated van Barneveld. Although he has only won twice he has also lost only twice and sits in 5th place just a point behind Taylor who is in 4th. Wade comes into this week with great confidence having won a pro tour event last weekend and also reached the final of the other losing in a last leg decider to Anderson. Lewis suffered his second successive defeat last week and remains without a win since week 1, currently just one point ahead of the bottom two in the table Lewis needs to find some wins.
Averages – Both players have averaged 100+ in two of their matches with Lewis still holding the tournament match high of over 113. Of these two players Lewis has the higher overall tournament average with 99.46 to 97.78 from Wade.
180’s – Lewis has the 3rd best overall tournament 180 ratio but has only hit one 180 in each of his last two matches. Wade is only averaging a 180 every eleven legs and has only scored more than one 180 in one match during the opening 6 weeks.
Finishing – Wade has six finished of over 100 in the tournament so far and has scored a ton plus checkout in all but one week. Lewis has two checkout scores of over 100 in the tournament with his highest being 138 in the opening week.
Head to Head – There is plenty of history between the two players with Wade leading the overall head to head by 26 wins to 14. Wade also has a strong recent head to head lead of 4 wins from their last 6 matches. They have met twice already this season in pro tour events with both winning one match.
Wright vs Bunting
Form – Wright might have only claimed his 1st win of the campaign last week when he beat Huybrechts but he has gone four matches without defeat and has played all of the current top 4 in the Premier League standings. Bunting has now won back to back matches and his confidence is much improved. His win last week came against Chisnall who was top of the table.
Averages – Wright has the slightly higher overall tournament average but Bunting has the higher single match average and also has recorded two averages of over 100 compared to the one of Wright.
180’s – There is only one 180 difference in their overall tournament totals with Bunting just having the edge. Wright is coming into the game on the back of his best 180 total of 4. Bunting’s highest weekly total is also 4 which came in week 2.
Finishing – Bunting scored the highest overall checkout of week 6 with a 164, Wright scored his high of 158 in week 5 and has registered 5 100+ checkouts compared to 3 from Bunting.
Head to Head – Although Bunting leads the head to head 4-2 with 4 wins in 2014, Wright has the most recent victory which was a comprehensive 10-0 win in the UK Open earlier this month.
van Barneveld vs Taylor
Form – van Barneveld slipped into the bottom 2 after last week’s defeat which was his fourth in six matches to date. The fact he has to play Taylor (in this match), van Gerwen and Anderson means he has a very tough schedule ahead of him. Taylor’s loss to MVG last week was his first since the opening week, he currently sits in 4th place in the table with Wade only a point behind and both Bunting and Wright a point further back.
Averages – Taylor’s overall tournament average of over 103 is nearly 9 points higher than that of RVB. Last week was the first week Taylor failed to average over 100 for a match. van Barneveld has two averages of over 100 in the tournament but he also has two averages in the 80’s which shows the inconsistency that has blighted him.
180’s – Barney has scored 7 more tournament 180s than Taylor and has only scored less than 3 180s in two of the weeks. Taylor matched his own weekly high of 3 in his defeat against MVG, interestingly the other week he scored 3 180s was in the opening week where he suffered his only other defeat.
Finishing – Barney has still failed to register a checkout of over 100 in this seasons PL. Taylor has had checkout scores of over 100 in 2 of the weeks with a high of 151 coming in week 3.
Head to Head – Taylor has a very good head to head record over van Barneveld with a total of 51 wins to 12. Barneys only win since 2011 came in last season’s Premier League semi-final and he also managed two draws in the 2014 league stage.
Huybrechts vs Anderson
Form – Despite some overall performances deserving more points than he has won Huybrechts is bottom of the table with only one win to his name, the two matches he has picked up point in have been against the players directly above him (a win against Barney and draw against Lewis). Anderson is in 3rd place and has played all the other players currently in the top 5 of the table (his two defeats coming against van Gerwen and Chisnall).
Averages – Anderson had his highest match average last week with a 108.98 against Lewis, his overall scoring has been consistent with only one match where he has been under 98. Huybrechts has a good overall average of 98.58 including two weeks where he has gone over 105.
180’s – Huybrechts heads their 180 tournament count though only by one and he has played a total of 7 legs more than Anderson. Both players have scored 4 or more 180s on 3 occasions from the 6 matches played.
Finishing – Anderson had his highest tournament checkout last week registering a 145 against Lewis, though he has only scored a checkout of over 100 in 2 of the weeks. Huybrechts has the best checkout of tournament with a 170 in week 5, this was the only week in which he had a finish of over 100.
Head to Head – Anderson lead their previous head to head meetings 10-4, including 2 in 2014. They haven’t met on the big TV stage before though, 5 of their last 8 matches have been last leg deciders.
Chisnall vs van Gerwen
Form – This match sees the top 2 in the table face off with van Gerwen a point ahead of Chisnall after 6 weeks played. Chisnall lost his 1st match last week going down to a 7-3 defeat against Bunting. van Gerwen won convincingly against Taylor last week and is the only player with an unbeaten record.
Averages – van Gerwen has the highest overall tournament average and has hit averages of over 106 in 4 of the 6 weeks so far. Chisnall actually has scored a higher single match average and has a total match average of over 105 for the past 3 weeks.
180’s – These two players are the top two 180 hitters in the tournament with Chisnall having 23 and MVG 20. Chisnall has scored 4 or more 180s in each of his last 4 matches whilst MVG has only scored 2 180s in each of his last 2 matches.
Finishing – Both have had 4 weeks where they have had a checkout of over 100 but whilst Chisnall has a highest tournament checkout of 101 van Gerwen has had a 5 checkouts in the tournament over that mark.
Head to Head – van Gerwen is ahead on their past meetings with 14 wins to 5. Chisnall had his best win against MVG in the World Grand Prix quarter-finals in 2013 but van Gerwen has won their past 7 meetings and 6 of those came on the TV stage over the past 13 months.
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