Premier League Darts tips: Best bets for Thursday's matches
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SIMON WHITLOCK v MICHAEL SMITH
Whitlock to win, under 6.5 total 180s and both players to average under 100 –
Smith won 7-3 when this pair met in the opening match in Berlin in week four, but had lost both of his previous games against Whitlock before that.
And, with the gritty Aussie in more need of the points, he’s well worth backing to come out on top in a contest that is likely to become a scrap.
Don’t expect too many maximums, given both of these players have managed more than a couple of 180s just one in their last five games.
Averages are also likely to be low, with Smith topping three figures just once all tournament and Whitlock wallowing in the eighties the last three weeks in a row.
DARYL GURNEY v GARY ANDERSON
Anderson to win, over 6.5 total 180s and both players to hit a 100+ checkout –
Anderson was superb on Wednesday, winning two from two with an average of 104.89 and coming within a couple of millimetres of nailing a nine-darter.
Now up to third in the table, expect him to tighten his grip on a play-off spot against Gurney, who took a long time to get going in defeat to Rob Cross on Wednesday.
The Northern Irishman still produced a couple of ton-plus finishes, though, while Anderson racked up four during his double header.
Nobody has hit more 180s than these two this season, either, with a staggering 93 between them.
ROB CROSS v PETER WRIGHT
Cross to win, hit over 3.5 180s and a 100+ checkout –
The last time Wright beat Michael Van Gerwen, he followed it up by going eight games without a win, so there’s no guarantee the Scotsman will pick up where he left off on Wednesday.
Cross lost to Anderson in the final match of the evening but has won his last three in a row against Snakebite – including a 7-4 victory in week three – and is not the type to let one bad result affect him.
He hit three ton-plus finishes in his two games in that match and has nine to his name during the last eight weeks, so is always in with a chance of nicking decisive legs.
He’s also hit a minimum of four 180s in eight of his last 10 matches.
MICHAEL VAN GERWEN v RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD
Van Gerwen to win, average over 100 and hit a 120+ checkout –
Van Barneveld averaged over 100 for the first time in nine weeks on Wednesday as he defeated Whitlock in front of an adoring crowd.
But he’ll need to do even better than that on Thursday to keep pace with Van Gerwen, who hasn’t dipped below three figures all tournament.
MVG has won 11 of his last 13 against Barney – including six in a row in this tournament – and has never lost back-to-back matches in the same Premier League season.
He’s also hit six finishes of 120 or more during his last six matches.
DARYL GURNEY v SIMON WHITLOCK
Gurney to hit the most 180s and a 100+ checkout and both players to average under 100 –
Whitlock has only won two of his last 13 meetings with Gurney, and none of the last seven.
But, if results go as expected earlier in the night, then that form could easily flip around, so it’s safer to dodge the result altogether for this final game.
Gurney has hit at least four 180s in five of his last six matches, a figure that Whitlock has topped just once in the same period of time.
They’ve also only managed a three-figure average just once each in the last nine weeks.
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