Darts Preview – Brighton

As the Premier League hits Brighton – reigning champion Michael van Gerwen is one of three unbeaten players at the top of the Premier League table following the opening three weeks of the 2017 season, with Phil Taylor and James Wade also picking up five points so far.

The Dutchman meets two-time World Champion Adrian Lewis in Brighton, with the Stoke ace having only picked up one win so far this season.

Van Gerwen has defeated Peter Wright and Jelle Klaasen since drawing with Gary Anderson on the opening night, and the world number one believes that he can improve his own form in Brighton.

The visit to Brighton sees Taylor come up against Belgian ace Kim Huybrechts, who has picked up just one point from the opening three weeks.

Wade meets two-time Premier League champion Anderson in another tasty match-up in Brighton, with the left-hander aiming to improve his performances despite being unbeaten so far this year.

World number three Wright sits in fourth place following his fine display to defeat Anderson in Leeds last week, with the Scot taking on Raymond van Barneveld in their Brighton battle.

The night’s other tie in Brighton sees Dave Chisnall come up against winless Klaasen, as the 2015 semi-finalist seeks to follow up last week’s defeat of Huybrechts with another key victory.

We have a detailed run through of every game with exclusive insight from Betway’s Alan Alger.

11/10 Dave Chisnall 7/2 Draw 7/4 Jelle Klaasen

A genuine four-pointer at the foot of the table. This fixture is a respite for Jelle as he has had much tougher assignments in the first few weeks. Chizzy is so inconsistent, during matches he’s just as likely to hit a 180 as he is to hit a score sub-60. With that in mind a solid Klaasen performance could secure him a vital victory at 2/1.

2/9 Michael van Gerwen 13/2 Draw 8/1 Adrian Lewis

A heavily odds on MvG at 2/9 may only appeal to accumulator punters. It’s vital for Lewis to get something from this clash as things could turn against him in the table with the way the fixtures are lined up. He wouldn’t want to be going in to week 5 in the bottom two!


4/7 Gary Anderson 4/1 Draw 7/2 James Wade

Wadey seems to have the measure of Anderson of late and could end this match four points ahead in the standings. Punters may think he’s the best outsider of the night at 7/2.

4/9 Phil Taylor 9/2 Draw 9/2 Kim Huybrechts

Kim is pulling off his usual trick of playing well and losing matches. His average is not to be sniffed at and he’s not being smashed in games. Taylor loves this format though, he could well justify short odds of 4/9.

2/1 Raymond van Barneveld 7/2 Draw Evs Peter Wright

Wright has had some tough fixtures of late, but returns to favouritism for this clash with Barney. At Evs he could be the bet of the night. RvB got sidetracked by the supposed Taylor farewell last week and needs to focus.

Betway Odds on Tournament Winner:
8/15       Michael van Gerwen
9/2         Gary Anderson
9/1         Peter Wright
10/1       Phil Taylor
22/1       James Wade
28/1       Raymond van Barneveld
40/1       Adrian Lewis
66/1       Dave Chisnall
250/1     Jelle Klaasen, Kim Huybrechts



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