Wayne Mardle's Premier League Tips: Win machine MVG to run riot against Smith

Win machine Michael van Gerwen is expected to record a comfortable victory in Aberdeen
Win machine Michael van Gerwen is expected to record a comfortable victory in Aberdeen

The Premier League moves to Aberdeen for week four and Wayne Mardle fancies The Flying Scotsman to finally get a win, while the relentless Michael van Gerwen should stroll to another victory...


"The last three meeting between these two have been one way traffic in favour of The Green Machine, 16-6, 10-3 and 6-0. I'm thinking that MVG is likely to run riot again."

Back Van Gerwen -3.5 Games @ 4/5 to beat Smith

Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld
Thursday, 19:50
Live on Sky Sports 1


I said last week that Gary won't be concerned by the fact that he's without a point so far in this year's Premier League. The World Champ was missing on week one due to illness, lost to Michael Van Gerwen in week two with a 106 average, then lost to Phil Taylor in week three, no shame there.

At the weekend The Flying Scotsman got back to winning ways by beating James Wade 6-1 in a tour event final. The confidence gained should give him impetus to kick on and make up the ground lost.

Over the years Raymond has been a winner at big prices but he's an unreliable sort who seems to have contracted the OLD Gary Anderson trait of making a game look more difficult than it should be.

Last week the likeable Dutchman was all over Robert Thornton like a rash but, somehow managed to let The Thorn have a dart at tops for a draw.

With Anderson anywhere near his best I think it'll be good enough to win the seven legs needed, and accumulate two points in the process.

Gary's the reigning champ and won't let go that simply. I can't see him being slightly off like he was last week, not after playing so well at the weekend.

Recommended Bet
Back Anderson @ 4/5 to beat Van Barneveld


Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
Thursday, 20:30
Live on Sky Sports 1


Smith is struggling, a points tally of just one point after four matches, as well as performances that have been well below his usual very high standard.

The Premier League is a relentless beast. The format is tough, you play the world's very best week-in week-out until it finishes, then you go home to retrieve your sanity.

The wonderful tournament has destroyed many over the years, I so so hope that Michael Smith isn't one of them.

MVG is in danger of becoming a Bristow, a Taylor, a win machine, the one to beat, the one who seems at times unbeatable, the massive odds-on favourite every time he plays.

I'm amazed at the rate Michael racks up tournament wins in today's climate, he finds a way so often against some of the best we've ever seen.

So with all that said it's pretty obvious who I think will triumph in the match.

The last three meeting between these two have been one way traffic in favour of The Green Machine, 16-6, 10-3 and 6-0. I'm thinking that MVG is likely to run riot again.

Recommended Bet
Back Van Gerwen -3.5 Games @ 4/5 to beat Smith


Week 4 Fixtures

Adrian Lewis v James Wade (19:10)
Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld (19:50)
Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith (20:30)
Phil Taylor v Dave Chisnall (21:10)
Peter Wright v Robert Thornton (21:50)


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Wayne Mardle's Premier League P/L

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Returned: 6.11pts
P/L: +0.11pts

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