Premier League Darts 2020 Night Three Betting Tips

Jamie Shaw:

Premier League Darts heads to Cardiff for the third night of action on Thursday and we've selected our expert betting tips for all five matches.

Only one player boasts a 100 per cent record after just two weeks of competition, with reigning champion Michael van Gerwen setting the early pace.

Eight of the nine Premier League Darts regulars have picked up at least a point, while a Challenger is still yet to win a match since the concept was launched last season.

Peter Wright over 3.5 180s @ EVS

The opening match of the evening sees reigning World Champion Peter Wright take on 2018 World Champion Rob Cross.

Both players know exactly what it takes to reach a Premier League final, with Wright having done so in 2017 before Cross also finished runner-up at The O2 two years later.

Despite a First Round exit at The Masters and two First Round exits on the ProTour, Cross has made a solid start to the Premier League campaign with three points under his belt.

Wright, meanwhile, bounced back from defeat to Van Gerwen in Aberdeen by holding Gary Anderson to a 6-6 draw and is now looking to record a third consecutive televised win over Voltage.

Wright has found his scoring range with his new go-to setup and hit the joint most 180s (four) in week one, before landing the most maximums (six) last week.

On that basis, as well as the realistic prospect of all 12 legs in this match, even money for Wright to land four or more 180s for the third week running appears to be the stand-out bet here.

Michael Smith to win @ 10/11

Jonny Clayton steps up as the debutant Challenger as he looks to delight a partisan Welsh crowd by denying Masters finalist Michael Smith crucial points.

World number 16 Clayton is the number two ranked Welshman in the PDC and has enjoyed a rapid rise since coming through Qualifying School in 2015 to earn a Tour Card.

Runner-up in the 2017 Players Championship Finals, Clayton has also reached the Quarter-Finals of a further four PDC televised tournaments and has three ranking titles to his name.

Smith was beaten 7-3 by Glen Durrant on opening night in Aberdeen before holding Gerwyn Price to a draw with a 101 average in an improved showing in Nottingham.

The world number five has won four of his five previous meetings with Clayton and is well-fancied to kick-start his season here and avoid becoming the first player to lose to a Challenger.

The 2018 Premier League runner-up will be out to utilise his vast experience on this stage and punish the missed doubles that have been Clayton’s Achilles heel in recent times.

Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall – Over 10.5 total legs @ 4/5

A match which signals a repeat of their World Championship Semi-Final in December sees Nathan Aspinall aiming to take revenge and end Michael van Gerwen’s perfect start to the competition.

After a scrappy opening win over John Henderson, Aspinall was narrowly beaten 7-5 by Rob Cross last week but has been in blistering form on the ProTour, notably winning Players Championship Two with a nine-darter along the way.

Van Gerwen already boasts a tournament average of 104.5 after wins over Peter Wright and Daryl Gurney, but unlike ‘The Asp’, is yet to claim a ranking title in 2020.

Aspinall has won two of his last four meetings with MVG, showing he can match the green machine over this sort of distance, and on current form, Mighty Mike is unlikely to have things all his own way.

A 7-4 or 7-5 win either way or a 6-6 draw look to the most likely scorelines here, making over 10.5 legs the value bet at 4/5.

Gerwyn Price to win @ 4/5

Gerwyn Price is also set for a hero’s reception as he marks his homecoming with a show-down against Daryl Gurney.

Price may have become accustomed to the pantomime boos but for one night only will see the tables turned as he looks to put his first win on the board.

The back-to-back Grand Slam champion has drawn his opening two matches and has been left to rue costly missed chances in both matches, a similar tale to that which ultimately cost him a place in the play-offs last season.

Gurney has made a nightmare start to the season on both floor and stage, suffering back-to-back Premier League defeats and failing to progress beyond the Last 64 stage in any of the four Players Championships.

The Northern Irishman has averaged just 91 and 93 in his opening two matches and knows he requires a marked improvement if he is to silence a sell-out crowd in his opponent’s back yard.

With form and the crowd on his side and given Gurney’s slump, Price is well poised to claim all two points from this one and appears a sound bet as a single or in an acca.

Gary Anderson most 180s @ 4/5

Two-time Premier League Darts champion Gary Anderson and debutant Glen Durrant collide for the first time in four years in a mouth-watering final fixture of the night.

Durrant is heading for a top 16 spot at a rate of knots after just over a year as a Tour Card holder and has settled quickly into Premier League life, claiming three points from a possible four.

After his opening night win over Smith, the tenacious Teessider dug deep to earn a 6-6 draw with Fallon Sherrock to move second in the early standings.

He now faces a formidable test against the two-time PDC World Champion who has enjoyed an emphatic return to form this season, winning the first Players Championship event and also racking up three points from his opening two fixtures.

The power scoring of Anderson comes up against the clinical finishing of Durrant in a fascinating encounter which could go the distance.

Anderson has landed seven 180s in two matches compared to Duzza’s three, and the free-flowing Scotsman should comfortably top the maximum column against a player who often opts for the cover shot.