Dimitri van den Bergh is the early leader of the 2021 Premier League Darts and Dan Fitch is backing him to stay on top, as we preview Friday's action...
"Van den Bergh fought out a 6-6 draw with Wright to start Thursday’s action and it says a lot for the progress of the young Belgian, that he really should have won."
Premier League Darts - Night 5
Friday 9 April
Live on Sky Sports Action
The quality of this year's Premier League Darts was on display again last night, as Jose De Sousa hit the second nine-dart finish of the tournament, just a day after Jonny Clayton scored one against him.
It has taken just four nights of play for there to be two nine-dart finishes, which was the total amount registered in the Premier League last year. De Sousa is 26.025/1 to win the Premier League.
None of the top four in the betting won last night, which has seen a shift in the odds to win the competition. Michael van Gerwen remains favourite at 2.6213/8, with Peter Wright at 6.05/1, Jonny Clayton at 7.06/1 and Dimitri van den Bergh at 7.613/2.
180s will flow
Gary Anderson 2.8615/8 v Jonny Clayton 2.226/5; The Draw 4.47/2
Start time, 19:15
Clayton suffered his first loss in the Premier League with a surprise 7-3 defeat to Rob Cross on Thursday, while Anderson claimed his second win, as he beat Glen Durrant 7-2.
In light of Clayton's loss, these odds should perhaps be closer. This could be competitive and both players to score three 180s is 8/11 on the Sportsbook.
Cross has improved
Peter Wright 1.784/5 v Rob Cross 4.003/1; The Draw 4.67/2
Start time, 19:55
Cross was the second favourite to be eliminated before the Premier League started and his odds still do not reflect his current good form. He is currently fifth in the table, a point ahead of Wright, who is two places behind him.
You can back Cross to average over 95.5 at 5/6, which is a bet that would have landed in three of his four games.
Asp can overcome handicap
Michael van Gerwen 1.728/11 v Nathan Aspinall 4.1; The Draw 4.84/1
Start time, 20:35
Aspinall appears to be another player who is underrated. He did not come into this Premier League is great form, but he did reach the final last year, in what was his debut season and is now second in the table after five games.
'The Asp' has a better record against MVG than most, winning four of their nine encounters, which includes a win in the Premier League last year. Van Gerwen suffered his first loss last night to James Wade and Aspinall looks value at 1.865/6 with +2.5 in the handicap market.
Wade won't need to hit peak form
James Wade 1.3130/100 v Glen Durrant 9.08/1; The Draw 7.06/1
Start time, 21:15
This week can't end quick enough for Durrant, who has now lost all four of his games. Wade is perhaps the sort of player that Durrant might hope to win a scrappy match against, but 'The Machine' will come into this match with confidence, having beaten MVG with some ease.
While it's hard to look past a Wade win, his short price makes it difficult to back a victory. Instead, go for him to average under 94.5 at 5/6. It's landed in two of his last three games and he's unlikely to have to be pushed by Durrant right now.
Van den Bergh can win again
Dimitri van den Bergh 2.3411/8 v Jose de Sousa 2.727/4; The Draw 4.57/2
Start time, 21:55
Van den Bergh fought out a 6-6 draw with Wright to start Thursday's action and it says a lot for the progress of the young Belgian, that he really should have won. After four matches he remains top of the Premier League and is the only player yet to have lost a match.
De Sousa has yet to win a game (D2 L2), drawing last night's clash with Aspinall, in which he hit a nine-darter. There would seem to be value in Van den Bergh's starting price and you can back him Draw No Bet at 1.728/11.
Dan Fitch Premier League P/L
Staked: 18.00 pts
Returned: 16.02 pts
P/L: -1.98 pts