Phil taylor and Peter Wright

Premier League Darts Preview: Taylor And Wright 7/2 To Share Spoils

2017-04-27
Preview of week 13 in the Premier League in Birmingham.

Phil Taylor and Peter Wright are 7/2 to draw their Premier League match at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Thursday night.

The race is on to catch leader Michael van Gerwen with Wright and Taylor, sitting in second and third respectively, going head-to-head in what appears to be the pick of the matches on night 13 of 15.

Wright is two points behind the Dutchman, who plays two matches this week, and two ahead of Taylor as he looks to build on last week's win over James Wade.

Taylor failed to maintain his standards in Belfast, losing to the resurgent Dave Chisnall after winning seven legs on the spin to beat Gary Anderson 7-4, and does not have a great record against Wright in this competition.

The 16-time world champion has won only one of six meetings with 'Snakebite' but with three of the matches ending in draws, another 6-6 scoreline could be on the cards.

Wright told the PDC website: "Phil beat me last time we played, but I want to get him back this week. He's so relaxed that he doesn't care, and that's why he's dangerous now."

Van Gerwen can secure top spot, for the fifth consecutive season, as he takes on Chisnall and Adrian Lewis respectively.

The world number one is 2/1 to end Chisnall's four-match unbeaten run, throw the highest checkout and hit most 180s.

With both players having featured earlier in the night, Van Gerwen and Lewis are then 8/11 to throw a 180 in the first leg of their match.

Van Gerwen said: "I want to be top of the table and that's where I am. I've done this for every year I've been in the Premier League and I want to keep it going."

Play-off chasing Lewis has won five of his last seven matches and is 41/50 to claim the two points against Wade in the night's opener.

"I've been playing well and I know I can beat both James and Michael, but it's up to me to go out there and do it on Thursday," said Lewis.

Raymond van Barneveld is 5/2 to end back-to-back defeats with victory over Anderson, who also has 14  points.