Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall

Aspinall didn’t have to be at his best to beat John Henderson last week but got better as the night went on and his 170 checkout was brilliant. He then went onto to play the darts of his life over the weekend, hitting a nine darter and averaging 117 against Wright and in the process winning the Players Championship 2. Cross played pretty well against Price and showed signs of improvement over what has been a poor last few months by his standards. However, I expect Aspinall to continue his fine form from the weekend and beat Cross in the opening match of the night.

Nathan Aspinall - 1pt @ 11/8

Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith

Gerwyn Price really should have closed out his game with Rob Cross in Aberdeen but he ended up lucky to come away with a point. He will want to put that right here and I think he will have too much for Smith. Price is developing a strong ‘b game’ of darts which sees him very competitive when not at his best, whereas Smith blows very hot and cold. There is no doubting BullyBoy’s ability but he showed last week how when things aren’t going right for him he struggles to find a way to win. Price got the better of him on Sunday in Barnsley and there is no reason why he can’t do it again. I think 1/1 is a good price and hopefully he doesn’t let us down again.

Gerwyn Price - 1pt @ 1/1

Gary Anderson v Peter Wright

Gary Anderson won on his return to the Premier League but he was wasn’t at his best and was let off by Gurney. Peter Wright won’t gift him those chances here and if he plays like he did against MVG then he should win. His form is incredible at the moment and he is oozing confidence. His doubling compared to Anderson’s should be the difference here and I expect Wright to get his first victory on the board for the 2020 Premier League. 6/5 on Wright is too big, I’d have him odds-on.

Peter Wright - 1pt @ 6/5

Glen Durrant v Fallon Sherrock

Whilst I think Duzza will beat Fallon Sherrock, if she can play at the level she did during the World Championship’s then she can make things tough for him. She is really good on the 180s and whilst Durrant is a fantastic player, he is not the heaviest 180 hitter in the world. Therefore, the 3/1 about for Fallon Sherrock to hit the most 180s offers some value. In three games each at the World Championship’s Sherrock hit 18 180s, compared to Duzza’s 14. Moreover, Durrant played four more sets than Sherrock throughout the tournament. On this basis they should be far closer in price in the 180s market than they are so we will take that 3/1.

Fallon Sherrock most 180's - 1pt @ 3/1

Daryl Gurney v Michael Van Gerwen

Michael Van Gerwen proved why he is the best in the world last week, beating Wright in an incredible match. He averaged 104 and hit a number of magnificent ton plus checkouts. If he plays at that sort of level again, Gurney won’t be able to live with him. Gurney missed several chances against Anderson and really should have come away with at least a point. The relentless booing of the crowd did not help his case but he hasn’t been at his best for a while now. He didn’t have a great weekend in Barnsley either, and I can see MVG making short work of Superchin this evening. Michael Van Gerwen -3.5 at 11/8 looks very fair.

Michael Van Gerwen -3.5 - 1pt @ 11/8