Ahead of this week’s Premier League Darts action in Glasgow, darts pundit Sid Waddell has stated that it ‘doesn’t get better than this’ in terms of the line-up scheduled on Thursday as Phil Taylor is once again odds on with Bet365, with James Wade taking on Adrian Lewis the pick of the action.
Thursday nights during the Premier League season are always entertaining of course, but Glasgow appears to be in for a treat this week as four fascinating matches take place in front of a lively crowd.
Referring to what could be in store on Thursday evening, Waddell said: “I remember doing nine-ball pool with Stephen Hendry and John Higgins in Glasgow a few years ago and it was also the scene of a night of darting sensation back in 2008.”
“Phil Taylor had made 44 outings in Premier League Darts without losing, only to be beaten 8-6 by James Wade in Glasgow too. Looking at the matches scheduled for this week, I don’t think it gets much better than this.”
First up on Thursday night is a mouth-watering contest between James Wade and Adrian Lewis. These two met in the World Darts Championship semi-final earlier this year of course with Wade throwing away a 5-1 lead against Lewis.
Taking this into consideration, revenge will be on the mind of Wade on Thursday evening, while Lewis will be looking for his first win of the 2012 Premier League campaign. He should go for broke and this makes it a cracking opening fixture.
Next up on Thursday evening, Gary Anderson – who has been rather inconsistent so far – takes on the increasingly popular Simon Whitlock. Then, it is Phil Taylor against Andy Hamilton.
Last week in Brighton, Taylor thrashed Anderson 8-1 to maintain his unbeaten record and there is no doubt that he is in excellent form right now. Speaking after last week’s win, he said: “You play the player, whoever you play if they start coming out and hitting scores, you’ve got to hit back.”
“There are only two players there, you can’t ask (someone) to help you out like in football or rugby, you’ve got to stand there and do it yourself.”
Taylor will of course be after more of the same against Hamilton, who lost 8-5 to Kevin Painter last week. This is another fascinating contest as these two Stoke-born players go head to head in Glasgow.
Finally on Thursday evening, Raymond van Barneveld takes on Kevin Painter. The Dutchman is extremely popular in Scotland so will be getting plenty of vocal support as he looks to bounce back from defeat last week.
Overall, another cracking night of Premier League darts awaits.