The Premier League of darts is really starting to heat up as only Phil Taylor has guaranteed his place in the play-offs. 2009 winner James Wade and World Champion Adrian Lewis sit on 12 points in the current top four, with Raymond van Barneveld one point behind, while Hamilton, Kevin Painter and reigning champion Gary Anderson must all at least avoid defeat in Birmingham to keep their hopes alive.

Wade, who reached the final of the weekend’s Austrian Open has one win and two draws in his last 3 games. He’s had good results against Taylor in the past and I like Paddy Power’s offering of 4/9 for Wade +4.5 legs  as I fancy Wade to push Taylor and be within that distance by the end.

The other game we’re looking at is the clash between Kevin Painter and Adrian Lewis. Lewis is in flying-form at present and is making 180’s look effortless again. He is the current world champion and knows how to get things done. While Painter has done admirably well in his first season in the Premier League I expect Lewis to come through. He is in fourth place and realises the importance of this game.

Paddy Power are offering 2/5 for Lewis to win the match and we’re going to take that with the Wade selection in a double.

Get on-board.