Flying Scot to delight home support
Carl Longhawn is backing Gary Anderson to delight the home crowd when Premier League Darts heads to Glasgow tonight.
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It's the first visit of the season to Scotland for Premier League Darts this week as the event heads to Glasgow.
Some of the gloss was taken off a superb night of darts in Belfast last week due to the crowd behaviour which caused both Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld to stop throwing at one point in their matches.
With a partisan crowd once more and three 'Scotland v England' clashes, the hope is that the spectators don't have a negative impact on the matches this time around as we should be in store for a fantastic evening otherwise.
On the oche, the unpredictability of the tournament continued with surprise defeats for both Adrian Lewis and Gary Anderson as well as another for Taylor. It'll be a brave call to not predict another surprise or two this week.
Few people expected Lewis to taste defeat last week, let alone be comprehensively outscored by Wes Newton. It was a tired looking performance and his decision to travel by car to the previous weekend's Tour event in Holland has to be considered a factor. For Wright, it was a first victory over Taylor during which he rediscovered the scoring power he had displayed at Ally Pally en route to his runner up finish. He is unbeaten in the competition and will be very tough to beat if he continues to produce similar levels of scoring. Indeed, Snakebite looks a big price at 15/8 to pick up another victory having beaten Lewis in their only TV clash last June. Back him to do so again.
Both players were somewhat surprise winners in Belfast and both did so by the same 7-2 margin. Thornton produced a supreme performance, hitting eight 180s and averaging over 105 in what was a resounding return to form. Newton took advantage of a below par performance by Lewis in a similar way to how he had taken advantage of Barney's failings the previous week. Credit should be given to him for taking those opportunities but his own performance levels need to improve as he is averaging a shade less than 93 for the tournament which is not enough at this level. Thornton deserves be favourite but doesn't appeal as an even-money shot based on his overall form in the first three weeks.
Both players are not only without a point so far this campaign but also have a legs difference of -14, which may well prove fatal to their prospects of making the top four. At the moment both are in a battle to survive the first phase of the league, something few, if any, expected of Taylor. It is a match they will both be desperate to win, not only from the point of view picking up their first points but also to build some momentum for future weeks. Taylor has performed the better of the two so far, averaging near or over 100 in each match. Logic would state that he should win very soon, though that is always a dangerous assumption to make at short odds and he makes no appeal at the prices, nor does this match with little value in any market.
The headline match of the evening as MVG looks to continue his winning streak in this tournament, which stands at seven when you taken into account his four wins in a row at the end of last year's event. His brilliant run of form continued this weekend when winning the final UK Open Qualifier with a 6-0 whitewash of Michael Smith in the final. Barney has been the model of inconsistency so far this season, brilliant in week one, below par in week two and a mix of both in Belfast. MVG won both matches between the two last year and seems to be in complete cruise control at present but this is a match to watch and enjoy without a betting interest.
Both players suffered losses in Belfast. For Chisnall, it was his first defeat of the campaign despite statistically putting in his best performance. He can take encouragement from it but overall his form is patchy and he has started matches slowly both in this event and on the floor. Anderson had no answer to Thornton last week, putting in an average performance, but he won the penultimate UK Open Qualifier this weekend. That was his second victory in 2014 and he looks to have the winning mentality back in his game, so the Scot is taken at 5/4 to send the fans home happy.