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Gary Anderson v James Wade
Two players of immense quality going head-to-head in a dead rubber is not really what we envisaged, though it’s what we’re treated to here with top four not a possibility for either of these two greats.
However, neither had anything to play for last night either and both earned impressive draws, so the lack of pressure may play into their hands, and we could be in for a top-quality contest. Wade is now winless in seven, though he’s not been as bad as that record may suggest with four of those ending in draws while he’s tonned up his average in his last two matches. Anderson has been more hit and miss since the crowd return, though he’ll take confidence in his draw with Aspinall last night. There’s very little to separate the two, while their first stage meeting ended in a draw, so an overs bet here could payout.
Nathan Aspinall v Jose de Sousa
Both players have already qualified for the final four with a game to spare, though that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to play for here. Aspinall needs a win and an MVG defeat to top the table and take the league leaders bonus, while de Sousa has his eye on breaking the maximum record in a single season, which he sits just two behind at this point
These are two of the top three maximum scorers this season and with that record on the line, we’d expect them both to push for a high scoring game. A draw for Aspinall last night secured his place, while other results happened to go in de Sousa’s favour and with a balanced 1-1-1 head-to-head record, we’re not in a position to split the two and an overs bet on the maximums seems the smartest play.
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
A matchup for the ages to close out the group stages of the Premier League, and despite a resurgence from Snake Bite, he left himself just too much to do in the end. Three consecutive victories since the return of the crowds shows how much he values the support, and there’s no doubt that it will be as packed as it possibly can be for this clash.
Van Gerwen needs just a draw to hang on to top spot, though the bonus is chicken feed in comparison to what he’s won over his career and a win over his rival Wright is enough motivation in itself. Wright doesn’t have the best TV record over the Dutchman, though rarely do they face off without any pressure, while averages this week have certainly been on the side of the Scot and we’ll back him to make it four from four this week and continue his resurgence.
Dimitri van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton
Saving the most important till last, the final play-off spot is a straight shootout between these two, though Clayton only needs a draw to cement his place in the final four.
Both have faltered slightly this week as crowds have returned, with that extra added pressure seemingly catching them off guard, though it’s the Belgian that takes our fancy here as despite picking up fewer points, his averages suggest he’s been the superior of these two and it won’t be long before he gets another win.
Van den Bergh also has the edge on Clayton in the head-to-heads, especially recently as he’s taken each of the last two by comfortable margins, so he gets our backing again here to pip the Welshman to the post.