Premier League Darts: Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright the standout match, live on Sky Sports
Last Updated: 08/02/18 6:18pm
Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright, the world's top two ranked players, collide as Premier League Darts hits Cardiff.
You can watch the world No 1 face the world No 2 on Thursday, live on Sky Sports Main Event and Action, from 7pm in the second week of the tournament.
Michael Smith vs Daryl Gurney
Smith admitted that he was fortunate to beat Gary Anderson, who was injured, last week. Back-to-back wins, after returning to the PL after a disastrous 2016 season, would prove to Gurney how difficult a maiden season can be.
Two points on the board for me. It took me until the fifth week to get a [win], the last time I was here.
Rob Cross vs Simon Whitlock
Since his stunning World Championship win, Cross has lost to MVG in his PL debut and exited twice in the early stages of Pro Tour Qualifying events. His form has suddenly dipped, and Whitlock is a far more seasoned campaigner.
It's only one game. Don't get me wrong, Simon is a good player and on results, he deserves to be in. He had a phenomenal game and, with this win, he leaves bad feelings behind him. It will give him great confidence. There is a long way to go.
MVG on Whitlock's win last week
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
World No 1 MVG is on the winning side of a 48-11 head-to-head against world No 2 Wright. An MVG win would suddenly leave Wright with just one point after two weeks.
It wasn't vintage Van Gerwen, but he did enough.
Wayne Mardle on MVG's win last week
Gary Anderson vs Gerwyn Price
Gary Anderson lost to Smith last week and was visibly struggling with a back injury, which is becoming a long-term issue. The world No 3's hopes may rest on recovering from this injury.
I don’t feel happy that I won because of how Gary was struggling. I feel gutted because I feel sorry for Gary.
Michael Smith on beating Anderson last week
Raymond van Barneveld vs Mensur Suljovic
Barney has reached the play-offs eight times - more than anyone except Phil Taylor (12) - and has opened this season with matches against two new boys. After a draw last week, there is pressure to win before the matches get tougher.
When he’s comfortable and confident he will be fine but sometimes, just sometimes, he looks out of his depth. I can’t read him.
Wayne Mardle on Suljovic
The 2018 Premier League is heading to the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this Thursday night with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Main Event & Action. 15 weeks of tungsten action will continue through to the season's conclusion with the Play-Offs on May 17 at The O2 in London.
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