The Premier League roadshow makes its first international stop-off this Thursday as our band of merry arrowsmiths cross the Irish Sea and head to Dublin.
Debutant Glen Durrant currently leads the way at the top of the table but remains a 20/1 shot to win the competition outright. He’ll face stiff competition tonight from the in-form Nathan Aspinall.
That’s the game of the night in a line-up which also includes Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen against Irish challenger Willie O’Connor.
Glen Durrant v Nathan Aspinall
These two have taken to the Premier League like a pair of ducks to water. But our traders are finding it tough to decide who’ll sink or swim tonight, with Durrant at 8/5 against 5/4 for Aspinall.
The Asp stunned van Gerwen last week with a 101.2 average in a 7-5 win but he has lost in his two previous matches against Duzza, including in the Grand Slam last November.
Both players have been clocking similar stats in the league thus far, though, which could lend itself to the Draw at 3/1. Meanwhile, we go even-money about Over 11.5 Legs in the match.
Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
The omens are not looking good for Cross in this one. Not only has Voltage been well below-par in the Premier League so far, he also has an unenviable W1 L8 record against Anderson too.
No surprise, then, that our trading floor have the Flying Scotsman at 6/5 for a second win of the campaign. After Cross’s slow start last week, Ando is also 10/11 in the Race to 3 Legs market.
Last season’s Premier League finalist shouldn’t be written off completely, though. He’s 13/8 to take the spoils, and in a match between two strong finishers, it’s 5/6 for a checkout over 117.5+.
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Michael Smith is making up for lost time in the Premier League. After a sluggish start on the opening night, Bully Boy has taken three points from four and racked up back-to-back 100+ averages.
That couldn’t be in greater contrast to Gurney, who has the division’s weakest average and a woeful checkout percentage of just 30%. We go 11/10 about a Smith win against 7/4 for the Ulsterman.
And with the stats so comprehensively in the Englishman’s favour, it’s possible to see him landing the most 180s at 4/6 or sweeping the board as King of the Oche at 3/1.
Willie O’Connor v Michael van Gerwen
It took a while for MVG to find his range with his new set of darts. But the 23rd nine-darter of his career at the Players Championship last weekend suggests he’s now firmly got his eye in.
That could spell bad news for O’Connor. This week’s challenger is capable of some impressive arrows at times, but will need to be on it from the off against the rejuvenated Dutchman.
Our traders doubt whether that’s possible, with MVG chalked up at 1/4 against 13/2 for the Irishman. O’Connor is a prolific 180 hitter, though, and could land the most maximums at 5/2.
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
If MVG is in good form then Wright is on a different level. The world champion demolished Cross last week and recorded a 120 average in a Players Championship event over the weekend.
He’s 6/5 to claim the points in this one, although that might not be so easy against draw specialist Price. The Iceman has forced a stalemate in all three matches so far and is 3/1 to do so again here.
If the match does end level, Wright should at least fancy his chances of edging the 180 battle. He’s hit 13 to Price’s eight so far and is 10/11 to come out on top in that market this evening.
Week 4 Info
Where: 3Arena, Dublin
When: 7:00pm, Thursday 27th February
How to Watch: Sky Sports Action
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication