Land the Jackpot with Lewis

  • By: Carl Longhawn
  • Last Updated: April 24 2014, 20:21 BST

The Premier League Darts rolls into Manchester this Thursday and Carl Longhawn is backing Adrian Lewis to come out firing.

Adrian Lewis: Taken to beat Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis: Taken to beat Raymond van Barneveld

Just four weeks of regular season action remain for this year's Premier League Darts and the battle for a place on finals night is hotting up.

One man under pressure is Peter Wright who is without a win in his last three matches and has won just one of his last six. While he is still inside the top four, sitting third, Snakebite has played one more match than his nearest rivals and could find himself in trouble pressure should his losing streak continues.

Wright opens this week's proceedings facing Robert Thornton, who also meets Gary Anderson in the final match of the night, and should be able to get back on track based on Thornton's own poor form in recent weeks but I am more than happy to pass the match over as a betting proposition.

As mentioned above, Anderson will face Thornton but before this he takes on Phil Taylor in what promises to a high-class encounter given the confidence of both men.

Taylor was a highly impressive winner last week when beating Michael van Gerwen 7-4 with an average in excess of 106, and his game seems to be getting back to the level he expects to be at.

Anderson showed his composure by withstanding a fight back from Adrian Lewis last week to win 7-4 having missed three darts to win 7-0 but this will be an even bigger test of his credentials.

Taylor was not at his best on the doubles when Anderson beat him earlier in the campaign; it would be hard to see that being repeated this week and favourite backers should land the odds.

Lewis continued his indifferent campaign with a pair of defeats last week and needs a strong finish to push for a place on finals night.

In truth, he didn't play too badly in Aberdeen in regard to his scoring but afforded Anderson too many chances by missing doubles in the early part of their match and continued this trend against MVG.

This is something he can't replicate against Raymond van Barneveld, who is on a great run of form, unbeaten in his last nine matches and proving hard to beat. Barney tops the charts in regard to checkouts, doubling out at 49.68% which is very impressive.

The pair drew when they meet in week nine and but I feel Lewis will win this time. He showed signs of form in Germany over the weekend, reaching the last four, and is at his best when under pressure to win as she showed last year.

At 29/20, take Lewis to produce the goods when it matters.

  • Posted at 1300 BST on 22/04/2014.