Premier League Week 8: MVG to come out on top against RVB

Premier League Week 8: MVG to come out on top against RVB

Michael van Gerwen is expected to top the table after week eight of the Premier League at the Manchester Arena. 

The Dutchman plays James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld on Thursday night as a result of missing the action in Exeter earlier this month due to a niggling back injury.

Van Gerwen is one point behind leader Peter Wright, who faces Phil Taylor, and looks well placed to leapfrog the Scot with two victories.

The world champion, still unbeaten, has won five of his last six Premier League meetings with third-placed Wade, priced at 6/1 for a shock, and a score of 7-3 or 7-4 at 9/2 and 4/1 respectively looks favourable

He returns to the oche for the final match of the night, against Van Barneveld, who usually takes his game to another level when facing his compatriot.

But ‘Barney’ is unlikely to replicate the stunning performance he produced in front of his home crowd in Rotterdam last week when he hammered Gary Anderson 7-2, with Van Gerwen 17/10 to win the match, throw the most 180s and complete the highest checkout

Wright and Taylor have drawn three of their last four matches in this competition and another 6-6 result looks appealing at 7/2.

Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts need positive results to avoid suffering relegation ahead of judgement night in Cardiff next week.

Klaasen and winless Huybrechts are locked on three points, three behind Dave Chisnall who is inactive in Manchester after playing twice in Van Gerwen’s absence in Exeter.

Adrian Lewis boosted his top-four hopes by beating Huybrechts in Holland and is set to heap more misery on the injured Klaasen after showing signs of a return to form.

Lewis is 6/1 to win 7-4 while the Dutchman can be backed at 2/1 to throw most 180s.

Klaasen, struggling with a tendinitis in his wrist, told “The commentators say I can’t finish games and it’s difficult to hear because I know what the problem is and I know it’s about my injury and not that I get nervous at the end.”

Huybrechts has failed to kill off games this campaign and Anderson, the 1/5 favourite. is expected to win comfortably, possibly 7-3 at 7/2.