Premier League Darts: Gary Anderson vs Raymond van Barneveld live on Sky Sports
By Sky Sports Darts
Last Updated: 15/03/18 7:48pm
Gary Anderson will meet Raymond van Barneveld in what promises to be another thrilling night of darts as the Premier League Darts heads to Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena, live on Sky Sports Action on Thursday from 7pm.
Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson
Two of the game’s biggest names meet in the headline encounter – which is sure to provide great intrigue for the watching fans - at the end of another packed night’s action. Anderson heads into the tungsten tussle in great form as the Scotsman extended his unbeaten run to 22 matches by claiming victory in Players Championship Four on Sunday. Meanwhile, Van Barneveld is aiming to build upon the confidence-boosting victory over Price last week and secure a third victory on the road. The legendary Dutchman revealed before the latest round of fixtures that his ongoing battles with diabetes were impacting on his performance levels. Barney, who sits fifth in the standings, is desperate to enjoy a strong run with the incentive of featuring twice on home soil next month.
Michael Smith v Peter Wright
Smith, who lost his unbeaten record in a defeat by Cross in Leeds, will look to bounce back to winning ways when he opens the night’s action against Peter Wright. ‘Bully Boy’ has impressed in his debut Premier League campaign and his opponent goes into the meeting without a victory since the second league night against Van Gerwen. Wright is just one point above the bottom two and with Judgement Night, where the bottom two players are eliminated, ‘Snakebite’ will be determined to rediscover his best form.
Simon Whitlock v Daryl Gurney
Whitlock was unable to capitalise on 16 missed doubles by Van Gerwen in Leeds as he suffered his second consecutive defeat of the campaign. 'The Wizard' has lost his last six meetings against Gurney, including their absorbing World Grand Prix final last October. Gurney is without a win in his debut term in the competition but showed his resolve and undoubted ability in a thrilling draw with Anderson last time out.
Mensur Suljovic v Rob Cross
Two of the four debutants in the Premier League meet in what is expected to be an intriguing tussle. Cross has picked up some momentum and confidence in recent weeks after struggling on his return from winning the World Darts Championships. ‘Voltage’ has won his last three matches to surge up the leaderboard and will hope to move even nearer the top of the standings with victory against Suljovic. The Austrian lost his first three encounters but has since won back-to-back matches, including his resounding success against Wright.
Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen
Top will meet bottom in the penultimate match of the night. Van Gerwen, despite not being at his best, has moved into joint-top position and is mounting a strong defence of the title he won in dramatic fashion last year. The Dutchman will go in as odds-on favourite against Price, who has struggled to impress in his debut campaign. After a credible opening night draw against Wright in Cardiff, the Welshman has only mustered a solitary further point against the winless Gurney and was left stunned by an excellent comeback by Van Barneveld in Leeds. Price’s best effort in recent weeks was a run to the quarter-final at the UK Open earlier this month.
The 2018 Premier League heads to the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham on Thursday with coverage underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event. Nine weeks of tungsten action will then continue through to the season's conclusion with the Play-Offs on May 17 at The O2 in London.
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