Premier League Darts: Relaxed Anderson is a danger

Gary Anderson showed last week that he is edging back to form.

With just two rounds of fixtures to go in the Premier League group stages Jaymes Monte picks out his best bets of the week...

The Dutchman has now won just one of his last five Premier League games

Gary Anderson rediscovered a certain swagger in his 7-7 draw with Adrian Lewis last week. Although a long way off his very best the Scot played with a greater freedom than we had seen over the previous six weeks and as a result was able to take a point from the reigning world champion.

He then took some of that form into the weekend's Austrian Open where wins over Scott Rand and Co Stompe put him into the quarter-finals before he was beaten by eventual tournament winner Justin Pipe. He'll also be keen to avoid the ignominy of finishing bottom of the Premier League table so certainly has something to play for this Thursday.

Raymond van Barneveld also fell at the hands of Pipe at the weekend as The Force dispatched of the Dutchman at the semi-finals stage. However, it was the manner of Barney's performance in last week's Premier League draw with Andy Hamilton that offers reason to oppose him this week.

Old habits were beginning to resurface in Barney's demeanour at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, with the infamous headshake evident for all to see as darts began missing their intended targets. Although Van Barneveld is quite obviously in a much better mental place now than he was six months ago, he simply cannot allow those negative vibes to come back into his game.

The Dutchman has now won just one of his last five Premier League games and, against a relaxed and partly-rejuvenated Anderson, can be taken on as a volatile favourite this week.

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