We're down to eight players in the Premier League Darts and the action moves to Sheffield for the 10th round of fixtures. Our man Wayne Mardle previews two of Thursday night's matches and believes Raymond van Barneveld is a great price to inflict another defeat on Phil Taylor...
"Don't forget that the last time they met, just a few weeks ago, Taylor averaged 115.80 and lost, so I'm not having all the 'if Phil plays at his best he wins' belloni, the fact is that Barney scored brilliantly also that night and hit his doubles - 7/2 about a repeat looks very fair."
You won't find me doing this very often, backing against the greatest, laying my hard-earned down against The Power.
I'm a great believer in sticking with an on-song Raymond van Barneveld though, no other player in world darts lives off the back of their previous results like the five-time world champ, and the reigning Premier league champion let us not forget. Barney needs good performances to produce further good performances, he is the epitome of a confidence player.
Stick with Raymond, his price should be more 5/2 than the 7/2 that is available on Betfair's Sportsbook.
Don't forget that the last time they met, just a few weeks ago, Taylor averaged 115.80 and lost, so I'm not having all the 'if Phil plays at his best he wins' belloni, the fact is that Barney scored brilliantly also that night and hit his doubles - 7/2 about a repeat looks very fair.
Back RVB to Win @ 7/2 (Sportsbook)
Adrian Lewis v James Wade
Adrian, the two time champion of the World escaped being eliminated in Manchester and I'm sure he'll feel better about his game knowing he produced under extreme pressure against Peter Wright on Judgment Night.
These two darting heavyweights played each other at the weekend in a lowly tour event and Lewis ran out the 6-0 winner, Wade averaging a me, a Mardle-like 78.
We know James won't repeat that, but what we do know is that Lewis is a menace when in full flow. If he can muster a win against the Machine then Adrian will join James on nine points. If Jackpot plays with a freedom and looseness then this is a game he can dominate.
Wade will certainly average higher than 78 this time, much higher in fact, and it will be a lot closer than it was at the weekend, but Lewis is trading as the outsider of the two at around 2.56/4 and that's a price worth taking.
Back Lewis to Win @ 2.56/4
Week 10 fixtures in full;
Adrian Lewis v James Wade - 19:10
Gary Anderson v Dave Chisnall - 19:50
Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld - 20:30
Stephen Buntin v Michael van Gerwen - 21:10
Dave Chisnall v James Wade - 21:50