Premier League Darts heads to Liverpool for the sixth night of action on Thursday and we've selected our expert betting tips for all five matches.
The 2020 Premier League is already shaping up to be one of the most compelling stagings of recent times, with just two points separating the top seven players in the table.
The tournament has already witnessed a nine-darter and an historic first Challenger win over a Premier League regular within the last two weeks, and more darting drama is guaranteed on Merseyside.
Michael Smith win or draw @ 8/11 with William Hill
The opening match of the night sees joint leader Michael Smith take on reigning World Champion Peter Wright for the third time this season.
The pair met in the final of The Masters in January as Wright took advantage of missed doubles from ‘Bully Boy’ to snatch the title with an 11-10 victory, before Smith claimed a 7-5 triumph in the Semi-Finals of the Belgian Championship.
Smith tops the Premier League form guide with three consecutive wins and a show-piece nine-darter in Dublin, while Wright sits in seventh spot but just one point adrift of the top four.
Smith is in a rich vein of form and has not lost to ‘Snakebite’ in their last four Premier League matches. On current form, 8/11 looks a solid bet for that run to be extended.
Glen Durrant highest checkout @ 10/11
Glen Durrant has proved the surprise package of the tournament so far and leads the way at the top of the table with seven points ahead of Smith on legs difference.
The three-time BDO World Champion has settled superbly into his debut Premier League campaign and now faces a crunch clash with a struggling Daryl Gurney.
Gurney defeated Durrant 7-3 in Glasgow last year when ‘Duzza’ was a Contender, but the Teessider has become accustomed to the big stage environment since and has proved one of the toughest opponents to break down.
Gurney picked up a point in Exeter last week but is in desperate need to register his first win to avoid becoming cut adrift with only a further three nights remaining before the cut off for elimination.
Durrant’s clutch finishing has been integral to his success so far this season, having landed the highest checkout in three of his five matches up to press.
The tenacious Teessider boasts a high tournament checkout of 144 to Gurney’s 96 – the lowest of the field – and the stats suggest he is well-fancied to top the checkout chart again here.
Michael van Gerwen to win and both players to hit two or more 180s @ 13/8
The stand-out match of the night features a repeat of Sunday’s UK Open final as Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Price renew their box office rivalry.
Arguably the two hottest properties on planet darts at present, Van Gerwen and Price played out a thrilling final in Minehead at the weekend and now face off for the 24th time in PDC competition.
Van Gerwen had gone more than 100 days without winning a PDC tournament but opened his account for the new season superbly by coming from 5-1 down to defeat the Welshman 11-9 in the final.
Price was left to rue what could have been at the UK Open and will be determined to iron out the crucial missed doubles which ultimately cost him the title.
Van Gerwen enters the night in third position, a point adrift of the top two, and will be keen to repeat the dose on Price and make it four consecutive Premier League wins over The Ice Man and 21 from their 24 in total.
Both players are averaging over two 180s per match so far, and given MVG’s crushing head-to-head record and Price’s indifferent Premier League form, the Dutchman is fancied to edge to a narrow victory in a heavy scoring contest.
Rob Cross to win @ 5/6
Stephen Bunting returns to the Premier League for a cameo role as a Challenger as he aims to delight the Merseyside faithful with a scalp of Rob Cross.
Bunting featured in the 2015 Premier League just a year after becoming BDO World Champion, finishing eighth in the table.
Since then, he has struggled to replicate the instant impact he made when making the switch from the BDO, but is now moving back in the right direction after battling demons both on and off the oche.
Cross boasts a 100 per cent record against his stablemate, having won all four of their previous meetings, including 16-14 epic in the 2019 World Matchplay and a 10-8 success in the weekend’s UK Open.
Last year’s beaten finalist sits second from bottom and could enter the match looking over his shoulder depending on how Gurney fares earlier in the evening.
Given his improved performances on the big stage in recent weeks and perfect head-to-head record, ‘Voltage’ is the preferred bet in this one.
Gary Anderson v Nathan Aspinall – Over 11.5 total legs @ 11/10
The final match of the evening sees two former UK Open champions collide as 2018 winner Gary Anderson faces 2019 champion Nathan Aspinall.
Anderson became the first Premier League player to lose to a Challenger when we went down 7-5 to Luke Humphries in a nervy affair in Exeter last week.
He since slipped to eighth in the PDC Order of Merit after failing to defend his UK Open title winning prize money from two years ago, but will be focused on getting back to winning ways in an event he has won twice.
Aspinall has taken six points from a possible ten so far and was below-par in a 7-3 defeat to Peter Wright last week before suffering the misfortune of drawing an inspired MVG in Round Four of the UK Open.
The Stockport ace defeated Anderson by four sets to two in an epic Last 16 clash in the recent World Championship – their first and only televised encounter to date.
The pair are closely matched in terms of their tournament averages and scoring stats and everything points towards a fascinating, close-run battle which could well go the distance.