This evening, the ‘second half’ of Premier League nights post-lockdown get underway. A total of 27 matches were played out across 6 consecutive nights last week. A further 4 nights of action will now take place this week, before the Premier League is scheduled to conclude at the O2 on the 22nd October.
There is no doubt as to who the man to watch in this final hurdle is. Glen Durrant has been in the top 4 throughout the competition and certainly doesn’t look like dropping out, with a ticket to London close to booked. He was unbeaten in the last 6 night run of the Premier League, tallying 4 wins and 2 draws. The Teesside thrower is sitting 4 points clear at the summit, and doesn’t look like relinquishing the top spot. His doubling has been serving him very well once again, and if he can keep this up over the coming days, he will go into the play-offs in superb form.
You might be excused for thinking Duzza was the runaway favourite for the event, but the presence of a certain man from the Netherlands means that is rarely the case. Michael van Gerwen‘s form since resumption has been head-scratching to say the least. Despite an initial victory over Rob Cross, he slumped to four straight defeats, a usually improbable feat when the Green Machine is concerned. He did end the run of games at Milton Keynes with an 8-5 victory over Michael Smith, but is 5 points off a top spot which has long been his own. He remains inside the crucial top 4 by only 1 point, his run of form best summarised by comments from Wayne Mardle on Twitter, who said MvG was ‘not at his fluent best’, but is still the ‘best player in the world and still the man to beat’. A word of caution for Durrant fans perhaps…
It was a short return to Premier League action for Rob Cross, who was eliminated on the revised Judgement Night after a 7-4 defeat to Glen Durrant. He put up a spirited display, averaging 104, but it wasn’t enough to beat the form player and remain in the competition. Cross needed a win to stay in the competition, but there is still plenty to take away for the former world champion.
This evening will see the league’s leader Glen Durrant face Michael Smith, before Daryl Gurney hopes to boost his chances of staying alive against Gary Anderson. World champion Peter Wright then will play world number 1 Michael van Gerwen, before Gerwyn Price and Nathan Aspinall conclude the evening’s action.
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