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Arrowing in on a Winner

Arrowing in on a Winner
JaffaCake
Wednesday,April 27,2016
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Premier League Darts moves to Birmingham this week with only three weeks left before the Play-offs at The O2 in London.

 


The 10 players who started the season were reduced to eight on Judgement Night when Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith were shown the door, and with some players now already safely into the Play-offs and others out of contention, should that be affecting the way we play the Premier League Darts Weekly Coupon?

 

 


For the uninitiated, the Weekly Coupon is the perfect partner to an evening spent cheering the world’s best dartists from the sofa in front of Sky Sports every Thursday.

 


As well as match results and handicaps, you are asked to predict who will have the highest check-out and what it will be, how many legs will be played over the five games, and how many 180s will be scored in total, and who will score the most maximums.

 


Chizzy and Smith won only one game each out nine, so it goes without saying we should now be expecting a higher number of games to be played each week, as the first-to-seven format should see a lot more close games without the two weakest players.

 


Remember, we still have five games every week, but now only eight players, so two play twice each week. Judgement Night removing two players should also see the number of maximums rise, as not only should the better players be left, but they should be playing more legs, and therefore have more opportunity to hit a 180.

 


Phil Taylor is the most successful player in Premier League history, topping the table eight times and going on to lift the trophy on six occasions, and he was the first player to book his place at The O2 last week with a 7-2 stroll against already-eliminated Robert Thornton.

 


No-one could blame Phil for taking his foot off the gas with the qualification job already done, but after facing little competition from The Thorn last week, he has another easy match this, with Peter Wright, coming off back-to-back 7-2 defeats against Thornton and Michael van Gerwen, a shadow of his former self.

 


Wright changes his darts more often than his hair colour, and while there is the possibility it will all click into place, you get the feeling The Power could ease to victory here in second gear.

 


MVG has made the final in each of the past three years, but having beaten Taylor in 2013’s showpiece, Mighty Mike has finished only runner-up in both the last two years, losing last year’s final to Gary Anderson after going down to fellow Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in 2014. He is all but guaranteed a place at The O2 this year, and will be looking to seal the deal this week against James Wade.

 


The Machine beat MVG in week 2 but with legs difference possibly a deciding factor, and coming off two wins last week to close the gap at the top behind Taylor, MVG will be looking for a quick kill.

 

 


Defending champ Anderson is in the box seat to take one of the two remaining spots, sitting in third place in the table with a game in hand on fourth-placed Adrian Lewis. He managed only a draw with Wade last week, but with Lewis going down to Van Gerwen and Van Barneveld, the world champ knows a win against Barney will do a lot for his chances of a successful title defence.

 


Barney though, has shown flickers of life recently, and with a big night in his homeland in Rotterdam to come in the final qualifier, he has not given up hope of a late charge to make The O2. This game could be closer than you might think.

 


After a tough tussle with Barney, Anderson then has to ready himself to play again in the last game of the night, against Wright. If results go as expected earlier in the night, Wright could well be knocked out of contention for the playoffs and looking to get off the stage as quickly as possible. While we’re expecting Anderson to have had a tough tussle with Barney, he should still be able to wrap up a quick win here and move closing to that title defence.

 

 

The only consistent thing about Adrian Lewis has been his inconsistency, following up his nine darter with a dire outing last week in Bournemouth. However, he’s always likely to bounce back, and playing against The Thorn, who has nothing but pride to play for, is ideal for Jackpot to  take down a quick win.

 


If you’re anything like me, you’ll be keeping one eye on the i-pools Coupon and one on the darts, keeping notes on total legs and total 180s while you go. Predicting the darts action beforehand really adds to the excitement of watching the games at home, and every throw is a must-see if you’re trying to win the Pools.

 

 

Remember you can play for £2, £10, £25 and £100, and if you’re in the high roller hundo pool, first prize can be £1,000 or more - not bad for a night on the sofa shouting at the telly!

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