Aberdeen – famous for Sir Alex Ferguson’s first major managerial successes, granite, and as the home of the self-seal envelope.
Okay, admittedly, we know very little about the city and had to Google it , but what we do know is that the Premier League is heading there on Thursday night. With three Scots in action in this year’s league, you can expect a hostile atmosphere for the likes of Phil Taylor and James Wade (they’ve always had an inferiority complex…)
In contrast to his other two countrymen, Peter Wright is throwing some fantastic darts in the campaign so far. An 104 average saw him sweep past James Wade last week in Dublin, and he reached the quarter final of a Tour event at the weekend. Thornton on the other hand is yet to win in this year’s competition and had two second round exits in the Tour events. Losing is a habit, and Thornton needs to win fast. His record in his home country is poor though. A solitary win in Glasgow three years ago is his standout result. Back Snakebite to win at.
Not many people hold a winning record over James Wade. The Machine is a 7-time TV tournament winner, but has been trumped more often than not by Jackpot, most famously in a World Championship semi-final which was delayed by an hour due to a breeze on stage. They’re dangerous those breezes. Lewis has the highest checkout percentage of the eight players who’ve played three games so far (46.15%, way above the Paddy Power teams average of 1.3). He usually has a load of darts in hand due to his power scoring. Wade has not won a PL game in Scotland since 2011. He won’t win this one. Bet on Lewis to have more 180’s and win
The darts will be brilliant, but so will the crowd. Do they go with the Scottish world champion, or the adopted Scot in Van Barneveld? Barney struck a nine darter in Aberdeen a few years back, and is unbeaten in his last five visits there (including a thumping of MVG last year). But Anderson is desperate for a win, currently sharing bottom place with Thornton despite hitting half his checkouts. When he’s under pressure, the Flying Scot usually answers, and backed up by a UK Open qualifier win on Saturday, will do so again. Gary Anderson 7-5 Van Barneveld at
All aboard the MVG Express. Next stop – the Gas & Oil Arena, Aberdeen. Next victim – Michael Smith. Another weekend, another two tournament wins for the Green Machine with a 109 average to boot. Despite losing to James Wade on the opening night, he’s looked unstoppable since. It’s the opposite for Bully Boy, who only gained his first point last week. He’s favourite at this stage to go down. This week won’t help. MVG hat trick of most 180’s, high checkout and the victory at
The not especially fanciful fourfold of Wright, Lewis, Anderson and MvG all to win comes to 11/2.
Like many others, Phil Taylor is Chizzy’s bogey man. Apart from knocking him out of the World Championship at Ally Pally, Chisnall has never had a standout result against the Power and has taken a couple of hammerings from Taylor since that defeat. He was disappointing in a draw against Smith last week and with MVG and Barney to come in the next couple of weeks, needs some points. Not the case for the Power, who’ll go top of the table with a victory and a Wright loss. Expect a lot of heavy scoring. Chizzy to have more 180’s at is too tempting to pass up on though