The GRATEFUL EIGHT were all delighted to get the Premier League invite on Monday morning.
Former world champions Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright are joined by Masters winner Chris Dobey, Dimitri van den Bergh, Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton to battle it out across 17 unmissable weeks.
So, with out further ado, let’s return to the oche and dissect this week’s 12/1 Premier League Acca:
Dimitri van den Bergh to beat Jonny Clayton
Jonny Clayton has, understandably, gone off the boil following his 2021 heroics.
The “Ferret” won four big TV titles that year, and has since only reached the final of the World Cup of Darts with Wales.
“Dancing” Dimitri has had his number in recent clashes as well.
The Belgian threw 13 maximums to knock Clayton out of the World Championships and will be looking for a flying start to the Premier League as an 11/10 match underdog with bet365.
We give him the slight edge against Clayton who can be considered slightly fortunate to be involved in the 2023 tournament.
Michael Smith +1.5 legs vs Michael van Gerwen
World champion Smith and serial winner van Gerwen know each others games inside out.
Smith has had the edge over the Dutchman across their last four meetings – including the unforgettable final at this year’s Worlds – but “Bully Boy” looked very beatable at the Masters.
We’re expecting this one to be close. Van Gerwen loves the Premier League format which has to see him have the slight edge.
Giving Smith a 1.5 leg start is worthwhile.
Chris Dobey +1.5 legs vs Peter Wright
Chris Dobey has his tail up following his Masters win on Sunday.
The Geordie earned a last-minute call up to the Premier League because of this win and he’ll be playing with freedom from week one.
Wright has historically struggled in the Premier League and is yet to add the trophy to his growing collection.
Dobey should push him all the way if he continues to score well and giving him a +1.5 leg handicap should see us over the line.
Nathan Aspinall vs Gerwyn Price – Over 9.5 legs
Aspinall and Price are 3-3 across their last six meetings and we’re expecting their Premier League clash to be just as tight.
Aspinall has been a losing finalist and a semi-finalist in the two times he has been included in the Premier League, whereas Price is yet to finish better than fifth in four attempts.
A 6-4 or a 6-5 either way wouldn’t be a shock in the slightest, opening up the value for an Over 9.5 leg affair.