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Premier League Darts Preview And Betting Tips – Week 9

Premier League Darts Preview And Betting Tips – Week 9

The Premier League Darts actions continues with week 9 tonight as the organisers play catch-up following the Covid postponement. In week 8 last night from the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes Glen Durrant continued his rich vein of form with a 7-3 win over Michael van Gerwen to surge top of the standings by a point ahead of the defending champion and Peter Wright. Tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting preview and tips for tonight’s action.



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Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson

Neither of these players have been performing with any kind of consistency at the moment, and both served up shock heavy losses last night. Nevertheless, both have avoided elimination from the first phase and Anderson, in particular, will be relieved he heads into this without that burden hanging over him.

With that said, it’s hard to the look past the Dutchman. Despite going W3-L4 since mid-July, Mighty Mike hasn’t lost back to back matches since the restart. He still managed a 98.18 average against Duzza last night, and if he shows any kind of recognisable form tonight, he should have no problem seeing off Anderson.

The Flying Scotsman got thrashed 7-1 by Gerwyn Price last night which will have been a blow to confidence heading into a match with the reigning Premier League champion. While his averages haven’t exactly been poor, he’ll have to play out of his skin if he wants to claim victory here. He’s lost his last seven matches against the world number one and you can bet against van Gerwen at your own peril.

Michael van Gerwen To Win At 4/6

 

Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith

This looks set to be a high-quality match between two extremely good players. The Asp lost to Daryl Gurney last night, gifting the Northern Irishman a lifeline in his battle for survival. Bully Boy heaped further woe on compatriot Rob Cross, which leaves Voltage bottom of the table after eight rounds. That leaves these two level on nine points apiece after eight rounds and both will be well within a shout of the playoffs after phase two.

All things considered, it’s extremely difficult to split the two, especially after last night’s respective results. One possible angle stems from Smith and Aspinall leading the way for 180s this Premier League season, with 29 and 28 respectively and in a match that has every chance of ending in a draw, the ‘Over 7.5 Match 180s’ holds some weight.

Over 7.5 Match 180s At 23/20

Gerwyn Price v Jermaine Wattimena 

Price will be the first player this evening to take the stage with elimination still a possibility. Fortunately for the Welshman, he’s facing the challenger of the evening in Jermaine Wattimena. Price orchestrated a 7-1 demolition of Gary Anderson last night, and will be looking to carry that momentum into this evening.

Wattimena’s only notable victory lately came against Michael Smith in mid-July, though of the four players he’s managed to beat since that match, the highest ranked player was 70th in the world. He’s lost eight of his last nine against the top 35 in the world, with that exception coming against Bully Boy and we can’t see him picking anything up here, especially with the Iceman needing the win.

Price has won the last two head-to-heads between them, both coming in a best of 11 format. He covered the 2.5 handicap in one of those, as he did in his previous victory back in 2016. With this a best of 13, Price gets our backing to walk this with relative ease.

Price -2.5 Handicap At 19/20

 

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney

This is where it could get interesting for Daryl Gurney. He’s put himself right back in the mix for safety as having not won any of his opening six Premier League matches, he’s now won two on the bounce and sits one point ahead of Rob Cross. A draw here would be enough for Superchin to advance thanks to him having a six leg cushion on Voltage, though he is facing the world champion, and this won’t be easy for him.

The Northern Irishman has returned with a vengeance and did extremely well to see off Nathan Aspinall last night despite having a far inferior average to the Englishman. If he can hold his nerve again tonight he’s certainly got an outside chance, while he’s no stranger to meeting Wright in the Premier League. Of their 30 matches, Wright has managed to win 16 of them, though in the Premier League alone it’s W1-D3 in favour of Superchin. Gurney’s also won three of the last four meetings between the two, including that impressive performance this year in the last 16 of the UK Open and he looks well worth getting behind at the prices.

Daryl Gurney To Win At 14/5

 

Glenn Durrant v Rob Cross

These two have had starkly contrasting fortunes so far in the Premier League. While Duzza sits pretty at the top of the standings, two points clear of van Gerwen after last night’s triumph, Rob Cross sits rock bottom in ninth after a 7-3 defeat to Michael Smith, leaving him desperate for a win here to have any chance of avoiding elimination.

Duzza has been on fire lately and threw down a 104 average to topple Mighty Mike last night. That’s his fourth ton up in seven outings now, and if he throws with any kind of consistency it could be curtains for Voltage.

Cross has averaged 93 and 89 in the last two evenings, while Durrant hasn’t thrown that low in 17 outings now. It’s also five losses on the trot for the world number 5, who really needs to turn things around. It’s one apiece in the head to heads, though we can’t see past Duzza taking the lead on that front, and we’re inclined to get behind the current leader to eliminate Cross after the first phase.

Glen Durrant To Win At 5/6

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