Wayne Mardle's Premier League Darts Tips: Back Taylor to sign off with a victory

Wayne fancies Barney and The Power to win on Thursday night
Wayne fancies Barney and The Power to win on Thursday night

It's the final round of league fixtures in the Premier League darts, and although the four semi-finalists are now known there's still the matter of league placings to be decided as well as players wanting to end the campaign on a high note. Wayne Mardle gives us his best bets...


"The Power has been playing well and I think this is a match he can win comfortably. His record against James is good, Phil hasn't lost to James in the Premier League since 2009."

Back Phil Taylor to Win @ 1.84/5

Well, there it is, the play-off places have been filled, we know that Michael van Gerwen, Dave Chisnall, Raymond van Barneveld & Gary Anderson will be fighting it out at the O2 in London next Thursday.

What we don't know yet is who plays who, no positions has been finalised.

Oh, and for the first time in 11 years Phil Taylor has failed to reach the play-offs.


Phil Taylor v James Wade
Thursday, 19:15

The Machine and The Power both miss out on the play-offs for very similar reasons, they've both been far too inconsistent, and unusually for each they've been average at best on the double segments.

Wade has definitely lost his va va voom, his normal boyish enthusiasm has for now disappeared from the big stage.

Taylor has to consider himself a little unfortunate not to have booked a place at the O2, averaging over 102 shows you just how tough this Premier League malarkey is these days.

Phil is professional enough to want to sign off with a win however, and possibly claim fifth spot in the league. The Power has been playing well and I think this is a match he can win comfortably. His record against James is good, Phil hasn't lost to James in the Premier League since 2009.

Taylor is currently playing a lot better than Wade, and with James some what out of sorts Phil has to be backed, even at a slightly odds-on price.

Recommended Bet
Back Phil Taylor to Win @ 1.84/5


Raymond van Barneveld v Stephen Bunting
Thursday, 20:00

Look, I know I tip Barney what must seem like every week but he generally wins for me, why should I desert him?

And yes, I know he failed to win last week but that was an exception rather than the norm for the popular Dutchman. He just didn't get started until the fourth leg but then raced into a 6-4 lead only to lose the final two legs and draw 6-6.

The main reason I'm not punting on Bunting is the fact that the very likeable Liverpudlian hasn't averaged over 95 in eight weeks, if he doesn't play better against Raymond he'll get beat.

Recommended Bet
Back Van Barneveld to Win @ 1.910/11


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Week 15 fixtures in full;

Phil Taylor v James Wade - 19:15
Raymond van Barneveld v Stephen Bunting - 20:00
Adrian Lewis v Gary Anderson - 20:45
Michael van Gerwen v Dave Chisnall - 21:30


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