The darting pride of the Netherlands met up with their footballing counterparts in Manchester ahead of Premier League Darts’ Judgement Night.
Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen, who won the competition in 2014 and 2013 respectively, met up with fellow Dutchmen Daley Blind and Robin van Persie at Old Trafford and engaged in a spot of oche based tag-team action.
If Blind’s instagram account is to be believed then it was himself and Mighty Mike that emerged triumphant from their tussle with the Barney/RVP axis.
All four paragons of the Netherlands’ sporting prowess are in action in coming days, with the tungsten warriors kicking things off and their United compatriots facing Aston Villa on Saturday.
A Dutch dominance treble encapsulating wins in each of the three fixtures in question can be backed at 4/1 – read on for the rationale.
Van Gerwen to beat James Wade @ 1/4
Right now, a seven-nation army couldn’t hold back MVG, just as his walk-on music suggests.
He’s the unbeaten boss of the Premier League table, leading the way for both 180’s and checkout percentage and second in terms of 140’s for good measure.
The Machine’s scoring seems to have blown a gasket, with a competition-low 11 maximums to date and Mighty Mike should be out of sight as a result.
Van Barneveld to beat Gary Anderson @ 2/1
Barney is fighting for his Premier League life against the Flying Scotsman and he’ll replace Adrian Lewis in the drop zone if Jackpot betters his result in Manchester.
Despite being the underdog against the high-scoring Musselburgh man, there are omens to suggest he can craft the win he craves.
Prior to being savaged by his aforementioned countryman last time out, he downed Phil Taylor 7-4 under the Glasgow hotlights.
Van Barneveld prevailed when he met Anderson in the Masters semi final this February and has won five of their eight Premier League head-to-heads, losing just twice.
Man Utd to beat Aston Villa @ 3/10
Under Tim Sherwood Tottenham had the expansiveness to cause lesser sides plenty of problems and his Villans seem to have taken on similar characteristics.
His Lilywhites also often seemed naïve against the better sides, suffering annihilations at the hands of Manchester City and Tottenham, and the north Londoners had a good deal more quality then than United’s visitors do now.