Premier League Night 7/16 in Glasgow
Michael van Gerwyn v Michael Smith Meet in 1st Place Fixture
A clash of the titans will be the feature attraction in Scotland for Night 7 of 16 of the Unibet Premier League. Yes, darts fans have one fixture, in particular, highlighted in the souvenir program – MVG and Bully Boy! It’s one versus two for top spot. Glasgow you ready? First place up for grabs today on High Roller Radio.
They are top of the charts through the first six weeks, each with five wins and one loss and seperated only by one point in the leg differential column. Remember the last time the two Michael’s faced each other in the Premier League? How could you not? 2016, Aberdeen, and the Dutchman was sensational. He posted the highest ever average for a televised match, 123.4. Smith got a leg but he was never in it.
In that match, MVG finished a 132, going bullseye, bullseye, double 16. Boom!
(MVG taking out 132, Bull, Bull, Double 16!)
Now, two years have since passed and he’ll be facing a more experienced, vastly more focussed Michael Smith. And, considering a win means BullyBoy would regain the lead, he’ll certainly be motivated for this contest. Following his win last week over the iceman, Van Gerwyn said of his upcoming match with Smith, “I’m going to stop him next week, and he knows I want to!”
We’ll see what happens. It should be a dandy.
Gary Anderson meets Simon Whitlock. Ando is coming off three straight draws in the Premier League but, when you mix in two Players Championship titles and the UK Open, life is good for the fFying Scotsman. He’s 6th in the standings and will be hoping to gain some ground on the 4th place Aussie. AND, he’s at home. ”Good to be back in Scotland,” he tells PDC.tv. “”We only do it twice a year and the reception from the fans in Glasgow is always fantastic.”
World number two Peter Wright, snakebitten of late, will be hoping the Scottish air breathes some new life into his game. Runner-up last year, he is now on the verge of relegation. in fact, an article today at Live Darts, illustrates his struggles. The headline “Wright heavily backed for relegation after slump in form.”
With just one win thus far and back in 9th place, Wright is now listed at 7/2 with SportingBet to be relegated from the Premier League. According to OddsChecker, 70% of relegation bets have been placed on snakebite. (live-darts.com for that fantatsic read.) Wright plays Raymond van Barneveld, who’s 5th in league standings. Is a storm coming? Target Darts believes so! Barney, of course, a sponsored player at Target Darts, and today the company unveiled Barney’s new signature dart – RVB Black baby!
Rob Cross can feel the storm! Voltage, part of the Target Darts family as well, also had his products released, as did Wayne Mardle. Darts, flights and stems, what does the Sky Sports commentator think of his new weapons?
“They go through the air quicker than a Number 6 but are more stable than a kite!” he said.
Cross, by the way, comfortably in 3rd place and his back in world championship form will meet Gerwyn Price, the iceman. See, a storm in coming. The night will also see Daryl Gurney take on Mensur Suljovic, a match featuring 7th and 8th place.
All eyes on the table toppers though, a fight for first, MVG meets BullyBoy and, as we approach judgement night, they’re all crucial fixtures now. A tungsten storm is approaching. Glasgow you ready? We are.
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