Wayne Mardle's Premier League Tips: Taylor a big price to beat Wright again

Wayne thinks Phil Taylor is a big price to beat Peter Wright in Birmingham
Wayne thinks Phil Taylor is a big price to beat Peter Wright in Birmingham

With just three weeks of the league phase remaining it's all to play for in this year's Premier League darts, with seven of the eight men still in with a realistic chance of reaching the O2. Wayne Mardle gives his tips for the week 13 action...


"In week eight of this year's Premier League Taylor arrived in Manchester without a win in his last four matches, he faced Wright who had just won for the previous three weeks. The result, a 7-5 win for Phil."

Recommended Bet
Back Taylor to Win @ 9/4

James Wade v Adrian Lewis
Thursday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports 1


Adrian Lewis plays twice in Birmingham on Thursday night, but with one of those games being against Michael van Gerwen he'll know that this first match against James is his best chance of collecting two more points.

MVG and, to a slightly lesser extent Peter Wright, look nailed on to reach the play-offs at the O2 next month, but with just three points separating Phil Taylor in third and Dave Chisnall in seventh the remaining two spots are there for the taking.

And that's why I'm confident Jackpot will win this game. Don't get me wrong, Lewis knows he can beat anyone on his day and he'll be talking up his chances of taking four points on Thursday night. You don't become a two-time world champ without having self belief and confidence.

But deep down Adrian will know he has a better chance of beating Wade than he has of beating Michael, and the odds tell us that also - he's 5/6 to win this match but 5/1 to beat MVG!

Lewis has been in good form lately, though he did have a rare off night in Belfast last week when he lost to Chizzy with an average of just over 95. But that average was still higher than what James has been hitting recently, and if Lewis can improve a few points, or get anywhere near the 111 he averaged a fortnight ago, he will win.

James is very capable on the night, we know that, but he's the one player in Birmingham who knows he can't make the play-offs so he might just lack a bit of incentive.

Adrian has everything to gain by winning, and he's the more in-form player of the two. I'm confident he'll start the night off with a winner for us.

Recommended Bet
Back Lewis to Win @ 5/6


Phil Taylor v Peter Wright
Thursday, 20:30
Live on Sky Sports 1


This is purely a price-based punt because at the odds I don't understand why Phil should be 9/4 while Peter is the odds-on favourite.

I know we were against the Power last week but that was because he had two matches in one night and as it happened he did look more jaded in the second game; he was brilliant in beating Gary Anderson with an average of 104, but then could only average 94 later in the evening when losing to Chizzy.

But currently sitting third in the table Phil now has the bit between his teeth, and avoiding defeat against Peter will give him an excellence chance of reaching the play-offs. And we all know how desperate the six-time Premier League champ will be to retire with a magnificent seventh title.

In week eight of this year's Premier League Taylor arrived in Manchester without a win in his last four matches, he faced Wright who had just won for the previous three weeks. The result, a 7-5 win for Phil.

Taylor is in much better form now yet Peter has effectively won just one of his last five PL matches (he was handed a 7-0 walk over in week nine). That's why I don't understand why Phil is such a big outsider. A price of 9/4 about a Phil Taylor with his tail up. Yes please.

Recommended Bet
Back Taylor to Win @ 9/4


Week 13 Fixtures

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


Get a Free £/€20 Exchange Bet

  • Join Now - Open account using promo code VAL225
  • Bet - Place a £/€20 Bet on the Exchange
  • Earn We'll Refund You £/€20 If the Bet Loses

T&Cs apply.

Discover the latest articles

Read past articles