PDC Premier League Week Thirteen Preview

PL Table Week 13

Peter Wright v Phil Taylor

 Wright

  • Wright is 4 points outside the play-off places following his 7-2 defeat against van Gerwen last week.
  • The defeat against van Gerwen was his second 7-2 defeat in a row and he has now won just 1 of his last 9 Premier League fixtures.
  • In 6 of his last 8 Premier League matches his opponents have averaged over 100.
  • Of the 8 players currently left in the Premier League only van Gerwen has scored more 180’s than Wright in this year’s tournament.

Taylor

  • Taylor is still top of the league after his 7-2 win over Robert Thornton last week, van Gerwen closed the gap to just 2 points having won both of his matches last Thursday.
  • He is unbeaten in his last 12 Premier League matches and has won each of his last 5 games.
  • If Taylor were to win this match it would be his best run of consecutive Premier League wins since 2012.
  • Against Thornton last week he averaged only 89.61 which was his lowest Premier League average of the season.
  • He has failed to average over 100 in 4 of his last 5 matches, prior to that he had averaged over 100 in 7 consecutive games.

Head to Head (Taylor leads 16-5, they have also drawn 3 times)

Wright has only won 2 of their last 9 encounters. They have drawn each of their last 3 Premier League matches and overall in their 4 Premier League meetings Taylor has failed to defeat Wright. When they met earlier in this year’s tournament Taylor missed 4 darts at double to beat Wright 7-4 and had to settle for a draw.

Verdict

Wright has been struggling for form in recent weeks and is losing touch with the play-off places as a result. Earlier in the season he was playing well without reward but his game has been below those levels over the last few weeks. Taylor didn’t play well last week against Thornton but still had a comfortable win and he sits handily at the top of the table. His performance levels in recent matches certainly haven’t been as good as they were earlier in the season but he has still been picking up the wins and hasn’t been punished.

Although both players’ performance levels have dipped in recent weeks the fact Taylor has kept on winning means he definitely has a big edge in confidence levels. I do think Wright’s good record against Taylor in the Premier League might stand him in good stead though and I am tipping this to end in another 6-6 draw.

 

Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson

 van Barneveld

  • van Barneveld is 4 points outside the play-off places and moved up a place from 7th to 6th following his win over Lewis last week.
  • The victory over Lewis gave him consecutive wins in the Premier League for the first time this season.
  • His finishing stats last week were his worst so far this season, he had a checkout percentage of 28% having taken 28 attempts at a double.
  • His match averages in his last 2 matches were his 2nd and 3rd lowest averages in this year’s tournament.

Anderson

  • Anderson is in 3rd place level on points with Lewis who is 4th and just a point ahead of Wade who sits in 5th Anderson has a game in hand on both players.
  • Last week he drew 6-6 with James Wade meaning he is without a win in his last 4 Premier League matches (he has drawn 3 of those games).
  • The run of 4 matches without a win is the longest he has gone without winning a match since the 2013 Premier League season.
  • He has averaged over 100 in 5 of his last 6 Premier League matches.
  • During his last 6 matches he has averaged 3.8 180s per match. During the first 6 matches of the tournament he averaged 2.5 180s per match.
  • Only 1 checkout of over 100 has been hit against Anderson during his last 6 matches.

Head to Head (van Barneveld leads 14-11)

Barney leads their head to head win record but has lost each of his last 4 matches against Anderson and has won only twice in their last nine meetings. When they met earlier in this year’s Premier League Anderson won 7-3 with a 103.34 average.

Verdict

It’s a must win game for Barney if he is to keep alive any slim hope he has of making the play-offs, a win here would take him within 2 points of Anderson, it’s a big night for Anderson as he plays twice and a good night with 2 wins would ease any pressure but 2 poor results would leave him with a lot to do in the final two matches of the league phase. Although Anderson has been dropping points recently he hasn’t performed badly (though he did miss too many doubles at key times in both matches against Wade). It’s hard to know what to expect from Barney, if he shows up on form he is a match for anyone.

I am just edging towards an Anderson 7-5 win in this match.

 

Adrian Lewis v Robert Thornton

Lewis

  • Lewis suffered back to back defeats last Thursday but is still in 4th place in the table level on points with Anderson in 3rd place and just a point ahead of Wade who sits in 5th
  • The defeat against van Gerwen in his second match last week meant he suffered consecutive defeats for the first time this season and indeed the first time since he lost twice when he also played twice in the same night at the end of last season.
  • He has only averaged more than 100 in 2 of his last 12 Premier League matches.
  • Lewis only hit a total of 1x 180 over the two matches he played last week. Overall in his last 5 Premier League matches he has scored 8x 180s’s, he managed 8 in his first two matches of the tournament.

Thornton

  • Thornton is 5 points adrift at the foot of the table after his 7-2 defeat against Phil Taylor last week.
  • Last week Taylor averaged 89.61 in defeating Thornton; this was the second time Thornton has lost to somebody who averaged under 90 in this years tournament.
  • He has now lost 4 of his last 5 league matches and has only won 4 of his last 32 matches in the Premier League.

Head to Head (Lewis leads 19-4 they have also drawn once)

Lewis is unbeaten in his last 9 matches against Thornton stretching back to 2013 and he has won each of the last 5 times they have faced each other. When they met earlier in this year’s Premier League Lewis won 7-4.

Verdict

Lewis had a bad week last week suffering two defeats meaning his place in the top four is fragile. Thornton failed to build on his excellent performance against Wright when he averaged 105.61 and he has now lost his last two matches and hasn’t performed well enough in either match. Lewis has an excellent record against Thornton and I think this will continue with Lewis winning 7-4 against Thornton for the second time this season.

 

James Wade v Michael van Gerwen

 Wade

  • Wade is in 5th place in the league table just a point behind both Lewis and Anderson who occupy the two places above him.
  • He rescued a point from his match against Anderson last week having trailed 6-3 before winning the last 3 legs with Anderson missing 6 darts to win the match.
  • He has won just 1 of his last 5 Premier League matches.
  • In 5 of his last 7 league matches his opponents have averaged over 100.
  • Having averaged over 2.8 180s in his first 7 matches he has now averaged 1.67 180s over his last 6 matches.

van Gerwen

  • van Gerwen won back to back matches last Thursday evening to maintain his position in 2nd place and move within 2 points of the leader Phil Taylor.
  • He is now unbeaten in his last 12 Premier League matches, this is his longest ever unbeaten run in a Premier League season.
  • His average of 96.82 in his win against Lewis last week was his lowest in this Premier League season.
  • He is averaging 4.1x 180’s per game over his 13 league matches so far.

Head to Head (van Gerwen leads 17-12)

Wade ended a 9 match losing streak against MVG when he beat him in the Perth Masters last August; he followed this up by winning their most recent match which was on the opening night of this year’s Premier League. Wade won that encounter 7-4 and in doing so ended a run of 4 consecutive Premier League defeats against van Gerwen.

Verdict

Wade had an excellent win over MVG in week one, it has to be said MVG was very wasteful on the doubles that evening, though take nothing away from a fine display of finishing from Wade. I think Wade will again have to rely on van Gerwen missing doubles if he is to gain something from this match, van Gerwen will create more chances on the Wade throw than Wade will on the MVG throw and I don’t think van Gerwen will slip up this time.

My prediction is van Gerwen to win 7-4.

 

Peter Wright v Gary Anderson

Head to Head (Anderson leads 16-11)

Anderson has won 5 of his last 6 matches against Wright, which includes each of the last 3 times they have met in the Premier League. When they met earlier this season Anderson won 7-5 in a good quality match where both players averaged over 100, Wright missed 3 darts at a double to earn a draw.

Verdict

Both players will have played earlier in the evening so obviously those matches may have an effect on how this pans out. Wright has been underwhelming in recent matches and by the time he takes to the stage his play-off chances may be even slimmer. Anderson’s position in the top 4 could be more comfortable or he could even be outside the top 4 depending on results throughout the evening.

I think Anderson will take the two points in another close game but I have no betting preference on this match.

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