By News Team
5th February 2020
With the Masters finished and Peter Wright continuing his incredible start to 2020, the Premier League is ready to start. Fans won’t be eased into the action this season as we have some incredible clashes on the first night on Thursday in Aberdeen.
We take a look at the match-ups and the betting picture below.
Michael Smith vs Glen Durrant
Michael Smith looks to build upon his final defeat in the Masters with a win against Glen Durrant. Durrant went further than Smith in the William Hill World Darts Championship just gone and was playing some very solid darts. Smith, however, built on his poor World Darts Championship run by making it all the way to the final and just losing out in a cracking game to Wright.
Smith seemed to be back to his best in the Masters and from this goes into his first game as 6/5 favourite. It won’t be a walk in the park for Smith, but he’ll come into this ready to take out his frustration of losing in the Master final.
Gary Anderson vs Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson meets Daryl Gurney in this first night fixture and will be looking to continue his good form from the Masters. Gurney had a disappointing tournament in which he lost in the first round to Dave Chisnall. Chisnall then went on to get thumped 10-0 by Wright. Gurney would have wanted to win that game, but something just didn’t click on the night.
Gurney’s up against a Scotsman that is well and truly flying. He didn’t win the Masters but defeating Gerwyn Price 10-2 is something that should be respected and going out against the eventual winner in the semi-finals wasn’t a bad effort.
Gary Anderson, at Evens, should win but Gurney to have over four 180s at 4/1 thanks to a William Hill price boost is a very good bet. Only four players have got more 180s than Gurney since the start of 2018 and he’s amassed an incredible 518 in that time.
Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright
The World Darts Championship rematch. Michael van Gerwen goes head-to-head with Snakebite once again. This will be a strong candidate for match of the night when two of the best throw it out for the win. MVG hasn’t had the start he’d wanted to the year, losing the World Darts Championship final and then going out in round one of the Masters to Jonny Clayton. He’ll be looking for a strong start to this year’s Premier League as he tries to make it five Premier League titles on the bounce.
Facing MVG at the oche is the man in form at the minute. The reigning World Darts Championship and Masters champion, Peter Wright. Snakebite can’t seem to do anything wrong at the moment. Even when he himself notes that he hasn’t played well, he still wins. Wright could easily ride this momentum into the Premier League having found a set of arrows that work for him and confidence in finals. If MVG finds the form he knows he is capable of, a draw could be on the cards at 16/5.
However, with the form Wright is in, he could pinch this at 2/1 in what we can expect to be a tight affair. With the quality on offer in this match, over three checkouts over 99 at 8/1 wouldn’t go a miss.
Nathan Aspinall vs John Henderson
Nathan Aspinall was incredibly unlucky in the most recent Masters. He reached the semi-finals and lost to Michael Smith in a game that he arguably could have won. He faces the first challenger of this season’s Premier League in John Henderson.
Henderson is coming off the back of a decent World Darts Championships, where he reached the third round and will be looking to stake his claim in Aberdeen. With Aspinall playing great darts he should beat Henderson at 10/11, but could also have over one checkout over 99 at 7/2.
Gerwyn Price vs Rob Cross
Another mammoth fixture in itself, Gerwyn Price vs Rob Cross could be a classic. Cross had a horrendous World Darts Championships in which he was sent packing by Kim Huybrechts in the second round and was then beaten in round one of the Masters by Adrian Lewis. Price, on the other hand, managed the semi-finals in the World Darts Championships before being dumped out of the Masters by Gary Anderson.
Cross hasn’t been in the form that everyone expects of him and hasn’t shown much sign of improvement. He’s always near the favourites in the markets but can’t quite deliver. Back Price to win by more than five legs at the enhanced odds of 5/1.