RUNNERS AND RIDERS: 2018 Premier League

Four weeks has passed since the 2018 Premier League got underway and some stars have already distanced themselves from others in the race to the play-offs. I look at the runners and riders for the Premier League crown.

In top form…

Michael Smith

Many were unsure whether or not the 2016 World Championship semi-finalist would make this year’s Premier League so many will be surprised to see him flying high at the top of the table. In his unbeaten run, he has defeated Gary Anderson, Gerywn Price, Mensur Suljovic and Simon Whitlock and, if he can keep it up, will be poised to progress to the play-offs. He is still yet to play world number one Michael van Gerwen and world champion Rob Cross however, who could make his life difficult.

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Michael Smith is on top form in this year’s Premier League

Simon Whitlock

Simon was arguably the most controversial pick for this year’s Premier League but he too has had a great start in his return to the sixteen-week event. He impressed in week one when he averaged 106 to defeat Mensur Suljovic before going on to comfortably oust Rob Cross in week two. He has a tough run of games but will be hopeful he can finish inside the top 8 before pushing onwards for a play-off spot.

Doomed at the bottom…

Daryl Gurney

It’s never easy playing in your first Premier League but with the Northern Irishman yet to record a win in this year’s event, he will be concerned about heading out of the event on Judgement Night. He will be moderately happy with his run in of games however and will be hopeful he has the potential to get a run going.

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Gurney was the World Grand Prix champion last year

Gerwyn Price 

Price’s astronomical rise through the darts ranks in recent years has done nothing to prevent from struggling in the opening weeks of the Premier League. His battle to stay in the event relies massively on how he performs in the next few weeks and if he is unable to muster a few wins, then he may well head of the competition. He will have a good opportunity in Leeds next week when he faces Raymond van Barneveld.

With no Premier League this week due to weather conditions, the ten stars won’t be in action in the competition again until next week at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Thanks for reading and catch you later!

Image Credits: PDC

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