Premier League darts returns and Dan Fitch is backing the current leader Glen Durrant at surprisingly big odds.
"Durrant’s steady consistency seems perfect for this format and he beat Wright 11-8 in the last-16 of the World Matchplay last month."
Premier League Darts - Night Seven
Tuesday 25 August
Live on Sky Sports Action
After a long pause due to the current health crisis, Premier League Darts resumes on Tuesday at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
When the action came to a halt in March, Glen Durrant was top of the Premier League with nine points after six rounds. Michael van Gerwen was second with just one point less, while the likes of Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall and Peter Wright were also not far behind. Now the campaign restarts, with the first phase of the competition concluding over three successive nights of darts.
Tight match to kick off night
Michael Smith [2.52] v Gary Anderson [2.42]; The Draw [4.3]
Start time 18:45
Sixth placed Anderson trails third placed Smith by a point in the Premier League, but is a worthy narrow favourite, having recently won their last encounter.
Anderson reached the final of the World Matchplay in July, beating Smith 18-16 in the semi-finals. Most of their recent matches have been similarly tight affairs and over 11.5 legs can be backed at 11/10 on the Sportsbook.
MVG will overcome handicap
Michael van Gerwen [1.49] v Rob Cross [5.3]; The Draw [5.0]
Start time 19:25
Cross is dangerously close to the relegation place and badly needs a win, but he might have to wait for another night to get one.
MVG has won each of his last seven matches against Cross and has to be expected to triumph again. Most of these victories have been by large margins, so back Van Gerwen with -2.5 in the handicap market at [1.74].
Value lies with Aspinall
Nathan Aspinall [2.8] v Gerwyn Price [2.22]; The Draw [4.3]
Start time 20:05
It's a surprise to see Price at such short odds here, as he's only won one of his six games in the Premier League this season (D3 L2).
Price leads 8-4 in past games, but Aspinall won the most recent encounter earlier this year. Aspinall looks the value here and is available at [2.14] in the Draw No Bet market.
Challenger could force a draw
Chris Dobey [2.74] v Daryl Gurney [2.22]; The Draw [4.4]
Start time 20:45
Gurney is rock bottom of the Premier League and has yet to win any of his games (P6 D2 L4).
A match against this round's challenger Chris Dobey, would therefore seem the perfect way for Gurney to get back on track, but he only holds a 3-2 advantage in past matches. The draw could provide value at [4.4], at least from a trading perspective.
Consistent Durrant is underrated
Peter Wright [1.98] v Glen Durrant [3.2]; The Draw [4.5]
Start time 21:25
'Snakebite' might be World Champion, but he looks too short here against the Premier League leader.
Durrant's steady consistency seems perfect for this format and he beat Wright 11-8 in the last-16 of the World Matchplay last month. You can back him cautiously in the Draw No Bet market and still get odds of [2.54].
Back over 11.5 legs between Smith and Anderson at 11/10
Back Van Gerwen -2.5 against Cross at [1.74]
Back Aspinall draw no bet against Price at [2.14]
Back Dobey and Gurney to draw at [4.4]
Back Durrant draw no bet against Wright at [2.54]