The Premier League roadshow heads across the Irish Sea to Dublin this week for another night of awesome oche action. Last week in Newcastle saw the return to form of Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor with both averaging over 111 in convincing wins over Gary Anderson and James Wade respectively.
Van Gerwen was particularly impressive in beating World Champion Gary Anderson, who was playing to a high standard himself. In Dublin Van Gerwen faces Adrian Lewis who is 2 wins from 2 so far after very solid, if not spectacular, performances in Weeks 1 and 2. Van Gerwen is correctly the heavy favourite for this match, but best odds of 4/6 to win the game do not tempt, so take the far more generous Even money on MVG hitting more 180s than Jackpot.
Michael Smith and Robert Thornton have quickly established themselves as the Premier League’s also rans after just 2 weeks following some extremely poor showings. Thornton missed last week due to an illness placing further doubts on his mental and physical state going into his clash with Raymond Van Barneveld. Smith has been thumped in all 3 games so far and looks like a player extremely short on confidence. The relentless scoring of his opponent in Dublin Dave Chisnall could quickly heap further pressure on the youngster and he looks like a very solid lay again this week.