Wayne Mardle's Premier League Tips: Taylor to start with a bang

Phil Taylor is fancied to get the better of Dave Chisnall on the first night of the Premier League darts
Phil Taylor is fancied to get the better of Dave Chisnall on the first night of the Premier League darts

We're off to Newcastle for the opening night of this year's Premier League darts and Wayne Mardle is backing multiple former champion Phil Taylor to get his weekly tips off to a flying start...


"Over a short format like the Premier League matches you don't always get a chance to right the wrongs, if Dave misses doubles against Phil, it's unlikely he will get anything from the game."

Back Taylor @ 4/5 to beat Chisnall

Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis
Thursday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports 1


Picking winners in the Premier League is notoriously difficult, that's obviously my cover story for when I get things wrong.

Like I previously said about Adrian, he's a betting slip wrecker, so this time around I'm backing against him.

Barney had a really consistent 2016, statistics are just a guide, but they suggest Raymond was the third best player in the world last year, behind Michael and Gary.

With Adrian not playing anywhere near his best at present, I think he may find himself under pressure from the get-go.

Raymond has won six of the last seven against Adrian. The most recent was a 4-3 win in the World Championships.

Adrian did throw some decent arrows at the weekend, in the Masters, but when he needed to find his "A" game it was nowhere to be seen.

Raymond is the most consistent of the two, and he's definitely the more confident.

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Back Van Barneveld to Win @ 13/10


Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Thursday, 21:00
Live on Sky Sports 1


Dave has been the face of inconsistency itself. Last year he was eliminated after nine weeks, while in 2015 he was just a two-dart finish away from topping the table.

He finished last year off well, and I'm sure he'll fancy doing a number against Phil, but I'm massively concerned his constant double failings will be his undoing.

Chizzy has been struggling on the outer ring for way too long now.

Over a short format like the Premier League matches you don't always get a chance to right the wrongs, if Dave misses doubles against Phil, it's unlikely he will get anything from the game.

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Back Taylor to Win @ 4/5


Week 1 Fixtures

Kim Huybrechts v James Wade
Raymond van Barneveld v Adrian Lewis
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Jelle Klassen


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You can read Wayne' pre-tournament preview as well as following his weekly picks by clicking on our dedicated Darts section here on betting.betfair.


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