The Premier League moves onto Newcastle on Thursday night where Michael van Gerwen’s clash with Gary Anderson tops a titanic bill of tungsten action.
The two former world champions meet in the penultimate game of the evening following Rob Cross’s tussle with Peter Wright.
We’ve got previews for all five matches ahead of another week of scintillating arrows…
Michael Smith couldn’t have wished for a better start to his second season in the Premier League.
‘Bully Boy’ has seen off Anderson and Daryl Gurney in the opening two weeks to sit joint-top of the fledgling table.
The 27-year-old is at the peak of his powers at the moment. He can continue his good form against Mensur Suljovic, who has been unlucky to lose his opening two matches 5-7.
Two of the PDCs breakthrough stars meet in the second game of the evening.
Both players are without victory thus far in the Premier League – but we’re expecting that to change in Newcastle.
Price has beaten Gurney in six of their last seven meetings, including in the Masters tournament last month.
Cross has endured a torrid time of things since becoming world champion last month.
‘Voltage’ has opened 2018 with back-to-back Premier League defeats and a succession of poor performances in the floor tournaments.
However, the 27-year-old showed signs of a return to form over the weekend by reaching two semi-finals and a final in the UK Open qualifiers.
MVG will be eager to return to winning ways after a surprise defeat to Wright in Cardiff last week.
The Green Machine was lacking on his doubles and slipped to a 7-5 defeat.
We’re expecting him to be back on-song in Newcastle where he should be able to extend his unbeaten run in the Premier League against Anderson to six matches.
The re-emergence of Simon Whitlock has been one of the surprise stories of the Premier League so far.
The Aussie arrowsmith has won both of his matches and sits at the top of the table going into week three.
Taking on Raymond van Barneveld should prove to be his toughest test yet. The Dutchman chalked up a 100.39 average against Suljovic last week to win 7-5 and maintain his own unbeaten record.
Whitlock beat Barney 6-2 in their last meeting in 2016 and is backed to prevail once more at 12/5.
Meanwhile, this week’s oche acca sees Smith, Price and van Gerwen all to win at 6/1.
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