Raymond van Barneveld

Premier League Darts Preview: Birthday-Boy Rvb Hoping For Mvg Double

2017-04-20
A preview of night 12 in the Premier League at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Raymond van Barneveld is hoping for a double celebration when night 12 of the Premier League takes place at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Van Barneveld brought an end to Michael van Gerwen’s record of 44 televised matches unbeaten with a 7-5 success in Manchester on night eight.

On the day he also turns 50, Van Barneveld has now targeted a double over his fellow countryman as the race for the play-offs hots up.

Van Barneveld, the 2014 champion, sits three points behind Van Gerwen following last week’s defeat to Adrian Lewis, who hit a nine-darter.

‘Barney’ is 5/1 to beat the world number one again and 11/1 is on offer for him to repeat the 7-5 scoreline.

He told pdc.tv: “It's a special birthday for me and I want to enjoy the day. I'm playing Michael but nobody can ruin my birthday.

"I'm still in the top four and hopefully I can get into the play-offs.”

Van Gerwen (3/8) heads to Belfast on the back of a win in a European Tour event in Germany at the weekend in which he beat Van Barneveld.

He said: “I played some phenomenal darts in Germany and I want to keep that going now. I'm looking forward to playing Raymond on his birthday - hopefully I give him a nice birthday present!"

Phil Taylor takes on Gary Anderson and Dave Chisnall, who is also in action twice as he kicks off the night against Lewis.

Odds of 11/2 are available for Taylor to bounce back from his 7-5 defeat to James Wade last week with two wins.

‘The Power’ is 12/5 to overcome Anderson, who is 4/5 for the win and 2/1 to win the match, have the highest checkout and hit the most 180s.

Taylor can then be backed at 19/20 to finish off the night on a high by beating Chisnall (43/20).

Taylor said: “It's a big challenge because Gary and Dave are two of the biggest scorers in the game. Every point is crucial at the moment because everyone's in with a shout.”

Lewis hit a nine-darter in Belfast last year and is 33/1 to register another perfect nine darts and 19/25 to beat Chisnall (5/2) with 37/10 available for the draw.

Meanwhile, Wright, in second place, is 7/4 to win, have the highest checkout and hit the most 180s against Wade, who is 4/1 for victory.