World Champion Adrian Lewis is 21/10 with Skybet to win his opening Premier League tie with Phil Taylor and Ladbrokes rate the Englishman, who lifted the World Cup on Sunday with Taylor, as a 9/2 chance to go on and win the tournament. Lewis is throwing well and can go one better from last year’s loss in the final to win.
Phil Taylor, who looked invincible in 2011 until losing to Lewis in the playoffs, is 7/4 with Paddy Power to regain the title while Gary Anderson is Blue Square’s 9/2 chance to retain the crown. Anderson begins against Kevin Painter on Thursday as Sportingbet’s 8/15 fav.
Thursday 9 February:
Hamilton, A v Wade, J (19:00 GMT)
Whitlock, S v Van Barneveld, R (19:45 GMT)
Painter, K v Anderson, G (20:30 GMT)
Lewis, A v Taylor, P (21:15 GMT)