Dan Fitch is backing Nathan Aspinall, Michael van Gerwen, Dimitri van den Bergh and Jose De Sousa to all win their respective matches, as he previews Friday's Premier League action...
"Van den Bergh produced the highest checkout on Thursday with 136, which was the sixth time that he’s done so over eleven nights of action."
Premier League - Night 12
Friday 7 May
Live on Sky Sports Arena
The top three in the Premier League look increasingly likely to make the play-offs, leaving one place up for grabs for the other contenders.
Nathan Aspinall remains top of the Premier League, despite losing to third placed Dimitri van den Bergh on Thursday, on a night when second placed Michael van Gerwen also won. All three are tied on 15 points, three points ahead of fourth placed Jose De Sousa and Jonny Clayton in fifth.
MVG is the favourite to win the Premier League at 2.89/5, ahead of Van den Bergh at 4.03/1 and Aspinall at 6.25/1. Clayton is narrowly favoured to make the play-offs at 2.01/1, with De Sousa at 2.26/5.
De Sousa can go one better against struggling Wright
Peter Wright 3.39/4 v Jose De Sousa 1.865/6; The Draw 5.14/1
Start time, 19:15
Wright lost his second successive game last night, which leaves him bottom of the table. His 8-3 loss to Gary Anderson saw Wright struggle with shoulder problems and once again resort to a change in darts to reverse his ailing fortunes.
De Sousa really should have beaten James Wade, but instead drew 7-7. Let's back him 'The Special One' to pick up maximum points tonight at odds of 1.865/6.
Three in a row for MVG
Michael van Gerwen 1.9310/11 v James Wade 3.412/5; The Draw 4.94/1
Start time, 20:00
Not for the first time and surely not the last, Wade pinched a point in the Premier League last night. His refusal to give in, steady consistency and deadly finishing, make Wade a player that can never be discounted.
Yet odds of 1.9310/11 for Van Gerwen are very tempting. He's claimed big wins this week against Van den Bergh and Clayton. It's worth backing MVG to make it three victories in a row.
Cautiously back Aspinall
Jonny Clayton 2.3611/8 v Nathan Aspinall 2.546/4; The Draw 4.84/1
Start time, 20:45
Aspinall continues to be underrated, which is baffling at this stage. While he hasn't fared well on the tour of late, Aspinall has thrived in the Premier League, reaching the final in his debut campaign and is now top of the table at a relatively late stage.
With Aspinall having only been beaten twice in eleven games (W6 D3), backing him in the Draw No Bet market at 2.01/1 seems a safe bet, even against a player as good as Clayton.
Take chance on big win for Dimitri
Dimitri van den Bergh 1.834/5 v Gary Anderson 3.39/4; The Draw 5.24/1
Start time, 21:30
At first glance this looks like a generous price for Van den Bergh. The Belgian has been performed at a consistently high level, even on the occasions where he has dropped points.
If you want to be cautious then back a straight win for Van den Bergh against Anderson. Should you wish to be more adventurous, you can back VDB to win, score the most 180s and highest checkout at 4.3310/3. Van den Bergh produced the highest checkout on Thursday with 136, which was the sixth time that he's done so over eleven nights of action.
Dan Fitch Premier League P/L
Staked: 53.00 pts
Returned: 69.21 pts
P/L: +16.21 pts