By News Team
Last Updated: 25th August 2020
The Premier League Darts restarts this evening for night seven in Milton Keynes. Glen Durrant currently sits top of the standings but is closely trailed by Michael van Gerwen in second. Here is our look ahead to the first night back.
Michael Smith vs Gary Anderson
Both men have been extremely busy since the last time we saw them on the Premier League Darts stage, both on and off the oche.
Gary Anderson managed one better in the Matchplay finishing runner-up to champion debutant Dimitri van den Bergh. The ‘Flying Scotsman’ was disappointed with his performance in the final but stated he would be hard at work in order to bounce back for the Premier League.
This could be an extremely close game of darts, especially if both men are at their best. Anderson was understandably frustrated with his performance in the Matchplay final and will be wanting to bounce back quickly from defeat. He’s 7/5 for victory, with Smith 11/8 to take the spoils.
Michael van Gerwen vs Rob Cross
The Green Machine takes on High Voltage and this is another potential cracker. Both Cross and MVG had forgettable performances at the Matchplay, going out in the first and second round, respectively.
Michael van Gerwen was dumped out of the second round to Simon Whitlock. MVG could only muster an average of 90.80 and lost 11-4. He will need to be back to his best but is fortunate that his opponent may also be struggling for his best form.
Rob Cross fared even worse, going out in the first round to Gabriel Clemens. Cross averaged 94.40 in the game, compared to Clemens’ 89.22, and became the first defending champion to exit the competition since 2006.
If anyone’s going to come back strong off its these two, and you’ve got think both will play much better than they did the last time we saw them. Van Gerwen is the unsurprising 2/5 favourite to take out his English counterpart, while the Dutchman is 11/4 to win, have the highest match checkout and most 180s.
Peter Wright vs Glen Durrant
The current World Champion, Perter Wright faces Glen Durrant in the final match of night seven and what a match it could be. These two men are two of the best in the game right now and this has all the makings of a classic.
Snakebite will be looking for revenge after being beaten in the second round of the Matchplay by Duzza. Although losing to Durrant, Wright managed a 100.87 average which was the second-highest average of the tournament.
Durrant went all the way to the semi-finals before being beaten by dancing Dimitri van de Burgh and that will have given him plenty of confidence coming into this.