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In our weekly column we preview the biggest sports events of the week!

This week it’s Premier League Darts & USPGA Golf

Premier League Darts

The Premier League started in Leeds last week and we continued our excellent recent Arrers form with another big priced winner. We backed Barney to beat Taylor @ 13/5 and he absolutely sailed home 7-2. The standard of darts on the night was surprisingly average with poor performances from both Van Gerwen and Taylor and even worse efforts from Michael Smith and Robert Thornton.

There is something seriously wrong with The Thorn’s game as he was whitewashed 7-0 by Chisnall averaging a mere 75.68. That would make him a certainty to oppose this week if he wasn’t playing debutant Michael Smith. Bully Boy endured a torrid night winning just 3 legs in his games against Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis. No player can be backed with any kind of confidence in the night’s opener so we’ll swerve a bet there.

Barney v Wright should be a much higher quality encounter and looking at the match odds it’s the Dutchman who stands out. Take the extremely generous 15/8 on Barney to make it 2 wins out of 2 for the former World Champion.

Gary Anderson missed the opening night through illness and it’s not certain what kind of shape he will be in against Van Gerwen. MVG let an early lead slip against Wade on Tuesday and looked very much out of sorts. Taking Anderson’s health and MVG’s wobble into account the Total 180s spread looks a little high so take BetVictor’s 10/11 on there being Under 7.5 180s in the match.

Taylor plays Wade in the final match of the night with The Power looking very short at a general 10/11 to win the game. We expect this to be a tight game with both players averaging in the high 90s so the value bet looks like the Draw @ 4/1.

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

The Golf season is started to warm up the first major not too far away. The fields are beginning to contain all the main players in the US and form guides are gradually appearing. It’s pretty evident that Rickie Fowler is on top of his game, and despite last weekends play-off defeat the young Californian is performing out of his skin week in week out. The fact he took a driver at the par 3 17th a couple of times shows just how high his confidence levels are. This week he is giving the pro-am a miss, but there are plenty of others that can step up to the plate, including world number one Jordan Speith. He’s at a general 5/1 and back on home soil of four month of marketing himself around the globe. He’s too short to be backing and may well need a few rounds before he gets back to the speed of action in the PGA. Our first pick is fans favourite Phil Mickelson who will get plenty of support from the galleries. He’s going for his 5th win here and with a good showing in Phoenix and his swing, especially the driver behaving and improving each week, at a tasty looking 22/1 he’s weel worth a punt.

Next up is the very likeable Jason Dufner who won on the tour two weeks at the CareerBuilder Challenge. He showed great spirit after a slow start and big lead on the final day with an impressive win in the play-off. The Duff can move onwards and upwards from the boost after a long spell out of the winners circle and plenty of misfortune with injuries. The major winner looks back to the top class player he was three years ago and at odds of 66/1 he is a very good shout to be in contention.

Our final tip of the weekend is the man who lost to Dufner in the play off at TPC. Swede David Lingmerth is turning into a very consistent professional and this year he has stated will be a break through for him. That has already happened with impressive performances week after week and this tournament should be no different. He has great mental strength and a very tidy game that seems to work around any course design. At 70/1 he may be an outsider but is well worth an each way bet and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him competing for his secong PGA Tour title.

Premier League Darts

Below are our picks for Week 2, but you can read our full Premier League Darts preview on our Sports Blog HERE.

Week 2 picks

And remember lads, our Darts expert tipped the Anderson 9 Darter at Ally Pally at a massive 16/1! Make sure you follow him in this week!

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