By News Team
4th September 2020
There’s another great evening of action in the Premier League and here are Rod Harrington’s thoughts on it all.
Daryl Gurney v Nathan Aspinall
Daryl Gurney’s stats of a 97 average, four 180s and 41% on his doubles when drawing with Price on Thursday was a better performance from the Irishman and his 12-dart last leg was exceptional so the form is there. However the dull patches in his matches are proving very costly and he needs to tighten up on going forward.
Nathan Aspinall did lead for the early part of the match against Wright and looked a good bet for the draw even at 5-5, however Wright turned up the heat to roll off three legs to clinch the win. If Nathan can keep this form going then a win here is definitely on the cards because his stats of a 99 average, five 180s and eight 140s is great. However doubles at 38% is not so he needs to up those because a win here could put him in the top four.
The form line is with Aspinall as long as he can hit those doubles because there is now a bit more extra pressure as he can see that top four places.
Glen Durrant v Peter Wright
Glen Durrant has been riding his luck in the last two matches missing doubles in the early part of both, although he did show plenty of bottle to get those results. However, he will not get away with it against Peter Wright so we will need his A-game from the start.
Wright showed again on Wednesday where his game is at the moment with a 103 average, five 180s and 11 140s. That’s top-notch scoring and that was backed up with 80% on his doubles when beating Aspinall 8-5. A win here should see him secure a Play-Off place as his leg difference could be worth an extra point if it comes down to it.
Wrights game looks so consistent at the moment and Durrants game has just dulled a bit so I expect Snakebite to get the victory at 23/20.
Over seven and-a-half 180s also looks a good bet at 10/11.
Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
Gary Anderson is now the favourite to win this year’s Premier League at 3/1 and he’s my fancy too. His game just seems to get tighter and tighter in every game, his demolition of the scoring machine Michael Smith was a masterful display of darts and the same performance here will get him the win, however this will be the hardest test of them all.
MVG’s game is so inconsistent at the moment. He let Durrant off on Thursday after being 7-5 up, where he missed two darts at double to win that match and put himself in forth position. However he is now in fifth and needs a win here to keep his Play-Off hopes alive.
The form line is with Anderson and I’m with him at 8/5, but there is always that doubt in my mind to go against MVG when his back is up against the wall.
Over seven and-a-half 180s in the match is the best bet for me at EVS.
I’ll also be backing over 12.5 legs in the match at 6/10.
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Smith’s scoring power has never been in question, however his checkout success rate has been.
Gerwyn Price missed too many doubles early on against Gurney and you could see a bit of frustration eating into his game. His scoring power will need to go up, especially the 180s as he did not hit one on Thursday.
This looks a very tough one to call and perhaps the draw is the best bet at 7/2.
Over seven and-a-half 180s is bang on for me at 8/11 as Smith is always hitting plenty and I’m hoping he drags the best out of Price.
And my treble for the evening is over 12.5 legs in the Gurney v Aspinall and Anderson v Van Gerwen, while I’m going for over seven and-a-half 180s in the Wright v Durrant contest.
2020 Premier League results
Night 14 – Thursday September 3
Gerwyn Price 7-7 Daryl Gurney
Gary Anderson 8-2 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 8-5 Nathan Aspinall
Glen Durrant 7-7 Michael van Gerwen