Wayne Mardle's Premier League Tips: Anderson to inflict the Power's first defeat

Will Gary Anderson get the better of Phil Taylor in Exeter this week?
Will Gary Anderson get the better of Phil Taylor in Exeter this week?

We move to Exeter for Week 5 of this year's Premier League darts where Phil Taylor will put his unbeaten record on the line against in-form Gary Anderson. Wayne Mardle previews two of the night's matches...


"This year Phil is unbeaten in the Premier League so far, but his performances have been way below what he'd expect from himself. He isn't playing poorly by any means, but he's not playing to Anderson's level either."

Back Anderson -1.5 Legs @ 4/5 v Taylor

Gary Anderson v Phil Taylor
Thursday, 20:40
Live on Sky Sports 1


Phil Taylor is still a force to be reckoned with, he's not finished just yet.

Gary Anderson knows that if he makes enough mistakes in this match he'll get beaten, I personally think Taylor will make more.

As we speak, Anderson is a better darts player than Taylor, that's fact. A statement I don't utter lightly concerning the most successful darts player ever.

But times have changed. Gary, once a known misser of doubles at vital times is now the one who punishes and takes the chances he once spurned.

The roles have slightly reversed, Taylor is the one who lacks the confidence to strike when it counts most. For decades The Power has punished every player who faltered, now he's the one faltering.

Gary should be too good.

He won a tour event on Sunday, beating Peter Wright in the final with an average of 115. Averages are just an indication as to how well a player performed, obviously Gary played very well indeed.

This year Phil is unbeaten in the Premier League so far, but his performances have been way below what he'd expect from himself. He isn't playing poorly by any means, but he's not playing to Anderson's level either.

Recommended Bet
Back Anderson -1.5 Legs @ 4/5


Jelle Klaasen v Kim Huybrechts
Thursday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports 1


Some may feel this is a tough call. I don't.

Jelle is playing near the top of his ability right now. He's looking cool and composed, the composure lacking in Kim could be the difference here.

Against Phil Taylor last week, Kim felt he should have won, and I agree, the Belgian had a standard 56 finish to win the match 7-5 but lost his nerve at the vital moment. The two darts at double off that combination lacked belief. If he shows any such hesitancy against Klaasen he'll get beaten.

I'm a fan of Kim's play, he's always looking to improve, and has a real desire to win. Traits absolutely essential to compete and win at this level.

Over the weekend Klaasen reached a semi-final of a tour event, losing to Gary Anderson - he outscored Gary for six legs but was out-finished. If Jelle can score as well as he has been he'll create lots of chances.

The table is tight at the top and bottom. This is a crucial match for both players. Defeat for either could leave them bottom of the table.

Even though both players have just two points, I just feel that Jelle has to be happier with his game right now. The confidence is high.

These two are close friends, but they won't want to give an inch when up on that stage.

Recommended Bet
Back Jelle Klaasen to Win @ 13/10


Week 5 Fixtures

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


***


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.


Wayne Mardle's Premier League P/L:

Staked: £80.00
Returned: £79.33
P/L: -£0.67

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