By News Team
24th February 2020
We have said for many years that the Premier League is very hard to predict and last week proved exactly that. It started off great with both Peter Wright and Michael Smith winning and setting the night up for a good profit, however Nathan Aspinall was the start of it all going wrong when he beat a lacklustre Michael van Gerwen. That’s not taking anything away from Aspinall as he got a quick start and kept the pressure on and it ended up a well-deserved win.
Daryl Gurney has not been at the top of his game and his scoring has been off, however he put that right and pounced on Gerwyn Price’s missed doubles early on and got a draw.
In the last match of the night, I really thought Gary Anderson would get me a treble when playing Glen Durrant, but it was Durrant that took the early lead and kept up the pressure taking out some great combination checkouts to get a convincing win 7-4. Anderson was certainly not at his best and the scoring power he has shown of late was just not there.
Anyway, we have a chance to put it right this week as we fly to Dublin…
Glen Durrant v Nathan Aspinall
Durrant is top of the league on five points after that win last week giving him breathing space going into elimination night. His game may not have the scoring power of some, however he makes up for that with the other aspects of his game especially his checkouts from 60 to 120. He just seems to have the knack at the moment of taking them out at crucial times in a match.
Aspinall will be flying after his win over MVG last week and that win put him on joint second place on four points. The 101 average and 54% on his doubles was a strong performance and one he will remember, however he needs to stay strong here and be on his game like last week.
This one is a tough call because both players played brilliantly last Thursday, however they did not play that well at the weekend in the tour events in Wigan, so it is hard to pick who might make that quick start. I do think this will be a very close match so it’s the draw for me at 10/3.
Over 11.5 legs in the match at 6/5 looks the best bet.
Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
Rob Cross is a long way off his form that won him the William Hill World Championship, however he still seems to be grinding some results out and nearly did so against Wright when losing 7-5 last week. When you look at his stats, his overall game is not there and he has been relying on his opponent missing chances at crucial times and that sort of play will not get you far in this company.
Anderson just did not get going last week against Durrant and when he was a few legs behind he just got frustrated and the first dart was going low of the treble 20. I do think he will put that right this week and get his scoring power back.
The Anderson win at 6/5 looks the tip here. He does hold the power and I’m hoping he gets a good start and carries it on.
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Gurney played a lot better last week when getting the draw with Price. His scoring power was back at times but not as consistent as he needs to be going forward. The doubles were very good at crucial times so that will give him some confidence, however given that he did not do very well at the weekend it’s hard to see exactly whichGurney will turn up.
Smith has been playing some great darts over the last two weeks posting over the 100 averages in both matches. His 7-1 win over contender Jonny Clayton was a strong performance and he should carry on with that sort of form. The only problem I have is he will miss doubles at important times and that will find him out in a game very soon.
Both these players have very good scoring power, however the form line is with Smith.
I am going with over 6.5 x 180s at 21/20.
William O’Connor v Michael van Gerwen
William O’Connor had the best year of his career in 2019 and will be looking to kickstart 2020 with the same sort of form and this match could set him up perfectly. He will not worry about the big crowd and should have them all on his side, however he needs a good start as MVG needs the win also.
MVG just could not find that extra gear last week when losing to Aspinall. However, he did play well at the weekend on the tour, proving his game is still in good nick. He should have too much scoring power leg-on-leg and I’m expecting a convincing win here.
MVG should win comfortably at 2/7.
At least one leg finish on the bullseye also looks worth a punt at 13/2.
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
Wright played really well last week when beating Cross 7-5 and on Saturday he won the tour event with some of the best averages over six games we have ever seen. His confidence in these darts is very apparent and he certainly is the best player on the planet at the moment.
Price has had three draws from his games and at least one he will feel he should have won. His game over the last 18 months has been extremely good and he seems to have a great ability to bounce back from bad performances as he did over the weekend. On Saturday he lost to Wright 8-7 in the final and it was the best final ever played on the tour, while in Sunday’s event he beat MVG in the final so certainly his form is still very much there.
Both these players are at the top of their form at the moment and I just think Wright edges it. I’m with a 7-5 win for him at 5/1.
Over 11.5 legs in this match also looks of interest at 11/10.