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PDC Premier League Tonight's Preview

The PDC Premier League is back in full swing and after the opening week last week, again the PDC Premier League has some great match up’s in Nottingham tonight.

First up we have Rob Cross versus Nathan Aspinall. Much has been said about Rob Cross being a one hit wonder – but he did win the Matchplay last year – so does that make him a two hit wonder?? The man is a class act and is so dangerous on the 100+ outshots – however he is in a dip of form and up against one of the youngsters who is on an upward trajectory. Cross has lost over two stone in weight and that will affect your game – I expect Cross to get his form back but Aspinall is riding on the crest of wave recently and I can see two wins on the bounce for The Asp. Aspinall to win 7-4.

Second match on the card is the Welsh juggernaut Gerwyn Price against Michael Smith. A tough one to call this. Michael Smith always seems to be there or thereabouts – but unable to cross the line. Gerwyn Price will be looking to pounce on a vunerable Smith in this one and I expect Price to win out 7-5.

The battle of the two Scotland World Cup Pair Gary Anderson versus Peter Wright. Ando beat Northern Ireland star Daryl Gurney last week in Aberdeen without too much trouble to be honest and that backed up a win in the first Pro Tour of the year. Wright meanwhile won the World Championship quite convincingly and followed that up with The Masters… A battle indeed but Anderson has more wins in the head to heads and I expect it to be really close between the pair. Draw 6-6.

Second to last match is Glen Durrant versus Fallon Sherrock. Well a lot has been made about this match during the week from the PDC press and news websites etc. But I really don’t think Sherrock is in Durrant’s league. If Durrant doesn’t win this I will be totally shocked. Sherrock whilst she won two games at Ally Pally, does not have a Tour card (like Lisa Ashton!) and isn’t playing these premier league players every week. Durrant is a class act, reaching two PDC major semi finals in 2019 and shot up the rankings inside the top 32 in less than one season on the circuit. I really can’t see anything but a Durrant win 7-3. Sherrock to hit most 180’s.

Last up we have Daryl Gurney against Michael Van Gerwen. Always a great game between these two and they love to one up each other. Daryl could be attributed with the slight downward trend of MVG winning everything on the calendar with his exploits in the Premier League and Players Championship in previous years. Players no longer fear playing MVG as he does have his B game (96-100) more often. Daryl on his A game is well capable of beating MVG and MVG knows that. MVG will be up for this game, but with the new darts from Winmau, is he ready for Daryl Gurney – time will tell. I’ll go with a 6-6 draw in this one.

2020 Unibet Premier League
Night Two
Thursday February 13

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
Glen Durrant v Fallon Sherrock
Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen

PDC Premier League returns

The Premier League of Darts in the PDC starts back up again tomorrow 6th February, and it should be a great night of darts all on SkySports from 7pm from Aberdeen.

Night One – Thursday February 6

Michael Smith v Glen Durrant

Glen Durrant starts off in the Premier League proper against the Premier League runner up from 2019 Michael Smith. Glen has two semi finals in PDC majors under his belt and had he been ranked on 2019 money he would have been a top 16 player. The three time world champion excelled in his contender role last year, so I expect he will play his usual 95+ standard. Michael Smith on the other hand is an enigma, he again has lost another final, The Masters, against Snakebite, so I expect that will be on his mind, no matter what he says. Durrant to win this one 7-5.

Gary Anderson v Daryl Gurney

Scotland World Cup winner Gary Anderson is back in the Premier League after a year out, and he comes against Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney. Anderson pulled out of the Premier League last season due to back injury, but he looks to be back on form. At the World Championship he showed glimpses of his true standard and at The Masters he played well against The Iceman going out thereafter. Daryl Gurney has went off the boil since his exploits half way during 2019 and will look to this Premier League to get his form back on track. Daryl is a better player than his recent showings and will be up for this to spoil the party in Aberdeen. But Anderson I fear will be very strong here in Scotland, with a fervent crowd on his side. A draw 6-6 here.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

World Championship runner up and world number one MVG is up against his victor Snakebite Wright. A repeat of the PDC Final where MVG didn’t have the usual clinical finishing and Snakebite didnt let up. MVG subsequently went on to sign a new deal with Winmau and is trying out new darts combinations to find his winning dart. On the other hand Peter Wright has found his winning dart and they are a lovely looking dart (have to stop myself buying them!). If Snakebite stays with these darts, he has a great chance of repeating his world final result and beating MVG. MVG is never really out of a game, but I dont think he will be consistent on his new darts for a while. Snakebite to win 7-5.

Nathan Aspinall v John Henderson

The Asp graces the Premier League again, this time as an actual player. He won the UK Open last year and had another semi final run in the world championship, so he deserves his entry into the PL. Again John Henderson is the local pick here in Aberdeen and who can forget his entrance last year. The crowd somehow spurred Hendo on to a 6-6 draw against MVG last year. I’m going with Hendo to win, I want him to win and I expect he will. Aspinall is still relatively young and wont have played in an atmosphere as Aberdeen will provide for him. Hendo 7-5.

Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross

Last up we have Gerwyn Price versus former world champion Rob Cross. So the 400 odd thousand has come off Cross’ order of merit ranking money but he is still the same player, a dangerous player who can hit any finish above 100. But with the recent two stone weight loss, he is running into a Gerwyn Price who is an animal at the moment. Price to win here 7-3.

PDC World Championship Day 9 Preview

Saturday December 21

Afternoon Session (12.30pm)

4 x Second Round

Keegan Brown vs Seigo Asada

Keegan Brown kicks off his World Championship in the second round versus Seigo Asada. Seigo overcame Mickey Mansell 3-0 in the first round but I fear will need to add an extra 5 points on his average. Keegan to win.

Simon Whitlock vs Harry Ward

Simon Whitlock is frustrating for a punter at the bookies, because one day he looks a winner and the next he is throwing a 75 average. Will he be up for it in his first match, most likely yes. Usually Whitlock runs out of steam and usually gets through a few rounds so unless Harry Ward starts straight away and blows Whitlock away in the first set, I expect Whitlock to come through this game, just. Whitlock 3-2.

Steve West vs Ryan Searle

This should be a good game as well. Steve West, yet to win a ranking competition in the PDC but he would forego all that to win this competition for sure. West has one of the best first 9 darts average and because of that scoring ability always gives himself chances. But the double trouble always seem to block him when it counts. Searle on the other hand is a prolific double 16 finisher. If West can pull out the first set and get his doubling going I expect West to win, but wouldnt be shocked to see Searle snatch it in a deciding set. West most 180s.

Adrian Lewis vs Cristo Reyes

Last up in the afternoon is Adrian Jackpot Lewis, a two time winner of the PDC worlds. But that was nearly 7/8 years ago and the strength in depth of talent in the PDC is far superior nowadays. Cristo Reyes is an example of that, who would have thought back in the day a player from Spain would be in the second round of the championship. Adrian is one of the most talented players ever and for a spell was nearly untouchable apart from Taylor and Anderson. But now Jackpot has to climb his way back up the rankings after losing his winnings on the order of merit by not doing so well the last 2 years, and he is finding it difficult to say the least. There have been spells though this year that showed he could still give MVG a game. So I hope that Jackpot turns up today and bangs in an 100+ average. Adrian to win 3-2 in a thriller.

Evening Session (7pm)

4 x Second Round

Daryl Gurney vs Justin Pipe

The remaining player left in the PDC World Championship in Daryl Gurney starts his assault today against a dodgy player in Justin Pipe. Pipe didnt play great in his first game against Pratnemer but a win is a win and something for him to build on, but Gurney should be too good for him on this occasion. Gurney to win 3-1.

Glen Durrant vs Damon Heta

Damon Heat won his first game easy enough and will be a tough cookie to crack for Durrant. Durrant aiming to become BDO and PDC world champion in the same year would be some achievement but I think Heta will shock Durrant here. Durrant will be under pressure to win here and will be the favourite so Heta can just relax and throw. Heta to win.

Mensur Suljovic vs Fallon Sherrock

The next match is one we all will be eagerly awaiting. Fallon Sherrock the history maker by being the first lady to win a match at the PDC Worlds…takes on the Austria juggernaut in Mensur Suljovic. Mensur still in the top 10 of the order of merit is worthy of his ranking but unless he has a good worlds he will be dropping down the rankings. Fallon is a on a free roll and has been in the media all over the place and even been granted a place at the World Series in New York in 2020. Fallon will maybe win a set, but I think Mensur will win this easily enough. He’s a seasoned campaigner and I expect a few 121+ checkouts from the Gentle to rock Fallon to the core. Mensur to win 3-1.

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Josh Payne

Last up we have Dimitri versus Josh Payne in a reply of a World Youth final. Dimitri won on that occasion but he has not done much on the floor this season to warrant being favourite in this game. Let’s be fair he was only in the Grand Slam because he won the World Youth title at 24 years old last year…but that’s another story for another day. Josh Payne has shown glimpses if form on the floor this year so I wouldnr be surprised to see Payner win this one if he turns up. Dimitri most 180s, Payne to win.

Gurney 5-2 Dolan

Result at the Grand Slam of Darts between the Northern Ireland World Cup pair goes to Daryl Gurney.

Picture from @TayLanningPix

Gurney who after drawing level at 2-2 pulled out a 101 finish to go ahead then followed that up with a 161 for 12 darter after Brendan had left 105 after 9 darts. 4-2 to Gurney and he came back for 52 after Brendan missed 76 on two missed clear darts at double 8. Gurney gladly accepted the gift and put it away with third dart in hand to send Dolan back home to Fermanagh.

Commiserations to Brendan must have thought he had a chance here, but the back to back 100+ checkouts won the game for Gurney.

Well played Daryl Gurney.