PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS starts next week and the ten-man jamboree this year takes in not only Holland but Germany on its travels but come May, I expect this year’s final to be a repeat of last year in the Green Machine facing Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith. He has certainly progressed over the last 12 months and losing finalist in the PDC World Championship testifies to this and that 10/1, I can see a lot of juice in backing Bully Boy now. Remember, the top four qualifiers play out on the final stage and I cannot see Bully Boy not being in the top four especially with the likes of Peter Wright, James Wade, Raymond Van Barneveld and Daryl Gurney being in such poor form.
Away from the darts this month sees the return of the Champions League and the round of 16. This is where europe’s big boys step up to the plate and I suggest a straight six-timer on the following to qualify from their respective ties. This pays 17/1 if you shop around, but certainly with whoever you back you should be able to receive odds of at least 15/1. My suggestions are: PSG (4/11), Roma (19/20), Borussia Dortmund (5/6), Bayern Munich (11/10), Barcelona (1/7) and Juve (4/7). I deliberately left out Man City as even though I think they are a shoe-in to beat Schalke the price is too prohibitive at 1/25!
Now that March is only six weeks away, most of the clues are in for Cheltenham 19. In previous columns I have advocated Laurina (10/1) for the Champion Hurdle (now 7/2), Kalashnikov for the Arkle at 7/1 and now my complete Cheltenham tips prior to the day are as follows. NB try to remember that most firms offer NRNB on some markets and therefore be mindful of who you place your bets with.
I would advocate placing a Super Heinz which comprises on 21 x doubles, 35 x trebles, 35 x 4-timers, 21 x 5-timers, 6 x 6-timers and an acc which comprises of 120 bets. Even at 50p, it’ll cost you £60.
Laurina (7/2) Champion Hurdle
Kalashnikov (7/1) Arkle
Mr Fisher (10/1) Supreme Novices
Delta Work (9/2) RSA
Waiting Patiently (6/1) Ryanair
Sir Erec (13/2) Triumph
Kemboy (9/1) Gold Cup
They will certainly give you a run for your money and keep you with an interest in Cheltenham over the four days.
Bernie the Book