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Earlier than normal start this week with proceedings getting under way at 18.30 at the NIA in Birmingham. Tonights fixtures marks the start of the second half of the league format in this years competition and for the first week in a long time Mervyn King is no longer top of the table.
King starts the nights entertainment against Wayne Mardle. Having picked up only one point from his last three games King really needs a win to stop the rot and consolidate his place in the top four with Part and Barney breathing down his neck. King must have thought he was back to winning ways last week at 4-1 up against Terry Jenkins until ‘The Bull’ took out a 100 finish to start a run of six consecutive legs. Mardle had his usual up and down performance losing three legs, then winning three in a row only to lose the next five on his way to an 8-3 defeat to James Wade, expect King to stop the rot tonight as Mardle has been missing to many doubles lately.
Terry Jenkins wasn’t looking too good last week when he was 4-1 down to Mervyn King, he then turned the match on its head winning seven of the next eight legs with an amazing display of darts that seemed to come totally out of the blue on his way to a magnificent 8-5 victory. Jelle Klaasen is finding it tough in this company every week, an exciting prospect he is for sure but he is by no means the finished article yet and this league is really starting to punish him. I know i keep writing he will thrash someone soon but his confidence must be getting lower every week at the moment. At least in facing Jenkins he has a bit of a chance – compared to Barney or Taylor – this week, but if both pick up where they left off last week it will be another defeat for the Dutchman.
James Wade is the form player in this format at the moment, another comfortable win last week seen him replace Mervyn King at the top of the table, he didn’t need to be anywhere near his best averaging just under 99 in seeing off Wayne Mardle 8-3. Part never really got into his match either – losing 8-3 to Phil Taylor. The Canadian has been a much improved performer this season in the Premier League after not really getting going in last years tournament and is pushing hard for a top four finish. Expect Part to put up a better showing than last weeks in what could be a tight game, still expect Wade to edge it though possibly 8-6.
The nights main event sees Phil Taylor go head to head with Raymond van Barneveld. This fixture seems to bring the best out of Taylor and recent results show he has got the upper hand on Barney at the moment. Last week Taylor seen off John Part with an average of 104 in an 8-3 win which also included a 170 checkout, he is in good form at the moment with another win double last weekend in Brentwood, his third double header PDC win this year. Barney had a not so difficult night last thursday only needing an average of 91.51 to see off Jelle Klaasen, the week before though he was on top form averaging just under 106 while thrashing Mervyn King also 8-3. Barney will surely need to be in that sort of form again tonight if he is to have any chance against Taylor, on the betting exchanges Betfair have Taylor just a touch under 1/2, you don’t get odds that good on Taylor very often.
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