By News Team
13th October 2020
We’re at the business end of the Premier League campaign and just four players remain in the fight for the title.
It feels strange that one of these men isn’t Michael van Gerwen – a five-time Premier League winner. MVG is missing the play-offs for the first time in his career after suffering a painful loss to Daryl Gurney.
The Dutchman’s luck hasn’t improved since, most recently crashing out of the World Grand Prix at the hands of Simon Whitlock (the second time the Aussie has beaten the world number one this year). And due to his exit, we’ll be getting a new Premier League champion for the first time since Gary Anderson’s triumph in 2015.
Below we preview Thursday’s play-offs, in which table-topper Glen Durrant will play Anderson in the opening semi-final, before Peter Wright takes on Nathan Aspinall, with the final then pitting together the two winners.
Glen Durrant vs Gary Anderson
Glen Durrant has been relentless in the Premier League this season, finishing at the top of the table with 21 points. He spent the most time at the summit and has seemed unbeatable for long stints in the competition.
He’s not been invincible in the last couple of games, however, with losses coming at the hands of Peter Wright and Nathan Aspinall, both of whom are on the other side of the semi-final bracket. Duzza is 3/1 to win the competition and that’s a great price considering some of his performances throughout the year.
His opponent is ‘the Flying Scot’ Gary Anderson. Anderson is the last man to win the event other than Michael van Gerwen five years ago, and he’ll be chomping at the bit to win another major having come close to World Matchplay success in July. He’s the 11/4 second favourite to take the crown but has to get past the grit and determination of Durrant first.
Peter Wright vs Nathan Aspinall
The reigning world champion Peter Wright has been brilliant this year. Always close to the top of the market in every tournament he enters, ‘Snakebite’ has continued to impress this season and finished second in the Premier League table, just one point behind Durrant. Wright is also unbeaten in his last four Premier League games, beating Van Gerwen, Aspinall, Durrant and, most recently, Michael Smith along the way.
Following such form, Wright is the current market favourite to claim this year’s Premier League crown at 7/4. This is well deserved and to have beaten two of the three players left in the competition, he must be feeling confident of success. However, that said, his record isn’t great against Anderson, who he has lost and drawn to in this year’s Premier League campaign.
At 29 years of age, Wright’s opponent in Thursday’s semi-final, Aspinall, has plenty of years left in his darting career, but he has already accomplished so much. Winning the UK Open last year and reaching the semi-finals at the last two consecutive World Darts Championships, Aspinall has the quality to go far.
His last match in the Premier League was an 8-2 demolition of league-leader Durrant – however, he was knocked out of the first round of the World Grand Prix at the hands of Gabriel Clemens so will want to come back strong here. He’s the 10/3 outsider to win the Premier League and is set for a challenging night against Wright. ‘Snakebite’ is 8/13 to advance to the final, with Aspinall 13/10.