Time for a Mighty wager

  • By: Carl Longhawn
  • Last Updated: May 8 2014, 19:14 BST

Carl Longhawn is backing Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor as the Premier League Darts race to the O2 nears its conclusion.

Mighty Mike can beat Dutch counterpart Barney
Mighty Mike can beat Dutch counterpart Barney

There's just two weeks of regular season action left in Premier League Darts as the race to finish in the top four looks set to go down to the wire.

Dutch duo, MVG and Barney are both assured of their places at the O2 for finals night. They also look very likely to fill the top two places in the league.

Fittingly, they meet in the star attraction of this week's four matches.

MVG suffered his third defeat of the event last week when beaten by Gary Anderson, while Barney shared the spoils in his disappointing match with Phil Taylor.

As much as Barney will be encouraged by MVG's loss last week, I wouldn't read too much into that loss last week which was, in all probability, a rare blip and the opportunity to take a big leap to sealing the top spot will be motivation enough this week. MVG has not been winning matches by large margins this season so I am happy to take him to win 7-4 at 8/1.

The night's entertainment opens with Gary Anderson taking on Dave Chisnall. Chizzy's slim hopes of reaching the O2 were dashed last week with two defeats at the hands of Thornton and Taylor.

Similar to Thornton last week, it would no surprise to see Dave produce a good performance now the pressure is off him. Anderson though is in great form and the match to me looks one to avoid from a betting angle.

The same is said about the following match between Thornton and Lewis, neither can reach the play offs and as such it makes it a difficult match to call, on form Thornton would be sensible pick after winning both floor events this past weekend but the streaky nature of Lewis's performances make him a man to avoid siding with or against.

In the penultimate match of the night there is a potentially pivotal meeting between Phil Taylor and Peter Wright.

The Power looks in pole position to claim one of the two play off places up for grabs and victory against Snakebite would seal a top four spot. Despite being somewhat below par against Barney in his first match last week, Taylor bounced back with a clinical defeat of Chisnall, who was swotted aside with relative ease.

Wright, however, has shown himself to be a dogged opponent and I feel he can make a genuine contest of this match. Whether he can win remains to be seen but there is value potentially to be had be backing +11.5 legs on the total legs market, Taylor is the likely winner but Wright has won 4 legs or more in all 14 matches this season and is backed to ensure this match goes the distance at 6/5

  • Posted at 1700 BST on 05/05/2014.