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Week seven of PL Darts set for record attendance in Leeds

| 20.03.2014

A match-up between Premier League powerhouses Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld headlines week seven of the competition. It is set to be an epic, and a draw at 4/1 looks the best bet.

Leeds is the venue for this round, and it is expected to bring in a record Premier League Darts crowd of around 11,000. It is the first time the tournament has taken place at the First Direct Arena and it promises to be a special occasion with a partisan Yorkshire backing.

Van Barneveld and Wright are both fighting it out to finish first in the league (10/1 and 9/2 respectively) and have outright title chances of 16/1 and 6/1.

Snakebite Wright leads the way in the league this campaign and is still the only player undefeated. He is slight favourite to win again at 6/5, while his Dutch opponent is priced at 13/10. An extra incentive for Van Barneveld is that by getting a victory here, he will be level on points with Wright.

A 7/2 scoreline in favour of Barney here (odds of 16/1) will see him overtake the Scot and, if Van Gerwen loses or draws, he will top the table.

Taylor (4/1 for the title) has a chance of winning two matches in a row for the first time this season in the league, as he takes on Newton – who got thrashed by Van Gerwen 7-1 the previous week.

Back The Power, who is second-bottom, odds-on at 2/5 for only his third victory of the term. Newton has already beaten Van Barneveld in week two, and has a price of 4/1 to cause another upset.

The third game of the night sees Van Gerwen and Anderson (highest checkout in the competition with 170 – with odds of 9/1 to record the best of the night) go head-to-head. Both have won the Premier League once each but the Dutchman is heavy favourite at 1/2 for victory here. Anderson, who is only two points behind his opponent, however, has odds of 3/1.

Elsewhere, Adrian Lewis (4/5) and Robert Thornton (2/1) face each other, while a battle at the bottom between 10th and eighth place, Simon Whitlock (13/10) and Dave Chisnall (6/5) receptively, opens the evening’s event.

Chisnall, desite his lowly position, has recorded the highest number of 180s this tounament so far with 30, and is favourite at 7/2 to score the most on the night. Title-favourite Van Gerwen (evens), meanwhile, is priced at 4/1.

Coral regular double Dutch special for Van Gerwen and Van Barnelveld victories is priced this time at 13/5, while there are odds of 13/8 for both Taylor and Lewis to win their matches.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.