Premier League Darts, Dublin Thurs
Ahead of the first ever Premier League darts evening in Dublin this week, World Champion Adrian Lewis has admitted that he is going through a tough run of form, although Paddy Power are still short odds on the Stoke man to beat Kevin Painter tonight, with Phil Taylor taking on James Wade.
Lewis has suffered three defeats in a row and he knows that he needs to turn things around quickly if he is going to be a contender towards the top of the Premier League table this season.
Speaking ahead of his match with Kevin Painter on Thursday night in Dublin, Lewis said: “I’m going through a rough patch. I’m very inconsistent in my scoring but I’m working hard on the practice board to and get that back.”
“I’ve got to take the rough with the smooth, and hopefully my luck will change. The Play-Offs are a big doubt at the moment but I’ll be back – I’m not a two-time World Champion for nothing.”
Whether Lewis can recover his form is just part of what is on offer on Thursday evening though. In front of a sell-out 9,000 crowd, there are three other matches taking place as the Premier League season reaches the half-way stage.
The first match on Thursday evening sees Andy Hamilton and Simon Whitlock go head to head. Hamilton is level on points at the bottom going into this one, so he really needs the win.
As for Whitlock, he has emerged as a real crowd favourite this year and he will be determined to defeat Hamilton after two significant defeats to Thursday night’s opponent already this year.
The second match is then Lewis v Painter, before Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson take centre stage. Both of these players have top four ambitions, so this is a significant match in how the table is going to shape up.
The final contest in Dublin on Thursday sees Phil Taylor and James Wade go head to head. Taylor is leading the way at the top of the table at the moment and looks in fantastic form, while Wade has won three games in succession and will want this purple patch to continue beyond this week.
Speaking ahead of this one – which is sure to be an entertaining one for the crowd – Wade said: “It’s coming good and I’m getting some rub of the green, but with that performances come, and hopefully the good darts will follow.”
Taylor v Wade certainly acts as a fitting finale to what should be another entertaining evening of Premier League Darts. It gets underway in Dublin from 7pm.