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Premier League Darts Night 13 Tips: Could the reigning champion miss out on the play-offs

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Michael van Gerwen will be looking to tighten his grip on a play-off spot

With only four more nights of the league phase remaining, the battle to qualify for the play-offs is intensifying and we could see a crucial clash in the fight to reach The 02.

  • MvG to comfortably move past Wright

  • Humphries and Aspinall to put on a show

  • There is still merit in backing Price


MvG to dominate against Wright

With four nightly wins to his name so far in this year's campaign, Michael van Gerwen is still sat precariously in fourth position in the league standings.

In previous seasons, he has been the master of keeping points trickling in even when not at his best to get things sewn up at the earliest possible juncture but this time around, despite winning more nights than anyone else so far, he has also lost in the first round seven times, only Peter Wright has been defeated in more quarter-finals.

Even when he has enjoyed a good run, he has rarely been consistently performing at the level we expect from him and with Nathan Aspinall and Michael Smith contesting last week's final, make no mistake about it, the pressure is back on the reigning champion.

His finishing has been a particular strength throughout, better than anyone else in the field, and he'll certainly be pleased with the way he played en route to the semi-final on the Euro Tour at the weekend.

I expect him to comfortably take care of Peter Wright - who at this point will probably be relieved when this tournament is done and dusted - in his opening game this week and at 9/43.25 am backing him to Win his opener, hit the most 180s & hit the highest checkout of the contest.

Mighty Mike could well set up a hugely significant semi-final with Michael Smith who currently sits two points behind MvG in the race for qualification.

Back MvG to win, hit the most 180s & highest checkout @ 9/43.25

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Humphries against Aspinall is a stand out tie

The second quarter-final in Liverpool could well be a mouthwatering one. The Asp has been hitting 140s with far more regularity this season, he's already reached more finals and won more nights than he did in the entirety of last season's campaign and the 2020 Premier League runner-up is well on course to reach finals night once again.

This week, he takes on the best player on the planet in Luke Humphries who was below par in a 6-4 defeat to The Asp last week.

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When Cool Hand brings his A game, we know he's capable of producing some obscene numbers and can at times be unplayable, more often than not this year, he's made the game look incredibly easy, he's managing his time and the tournaments he's competing in well, keeping himself fresh and is now the 6/42.50 favourite to win the event.

I'm sure the two will play out a significantly higher quality contest this week and I'm backing 6 180s and 2+ 100+ checkouts in the match at 5/23.50.

Back 6+ 180s & 2+ 100+ checkouts @ 5/23.50

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Price still value

I keep banging the drum but I honestly believe that Gerwyn Price is playing too well not to win a night in this year's Premier League.

It would take something pretty spectacular for The Iceman to qualify for the play-offs now but with an average just shy of a ton for the tournament, I think there is still value in backing him to claim a nightly win. He is 15/28.50 to do so in Liverpool.


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