Michael van Gerwen ran riot in Leeds last week as the Dutchman wrapped up his third Premier League night win in nine outings.
“Mighty Mike” now heads the table by three clear points and is beginning to flex his muscles of old on the oche.
James Wade has finished runner-up the past two weeks and is still in a race with Michael Smith to avoid being the last player not to pick up a night win in the Premier League’s new format.
But, it’s Gary Anderson who is currently bottom of the pile despite his night six victory, as the Scot has only escaped his quarter-final once so far.
We’re in Manchester for plenty of bucket hats and melon twisting on Thursday night and we’re on the hunt for value!
Let’s take a look at the picks for week 10:
Peter Wright -1.5 handicap v Gerwyn Price
Gerwyn Price hasn’t won a Premier League match in his last three attempts, with James Wade, Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton all getting the better of the former world champion.
Price is a fighter, still, but has his work cut out on Thursday against the world number one.
Wright and Price have become cracking rivals over the past few seasons, but with “Snakebite” winning his last four quarter-finals, it’s hard to see how the Welshman springs back into form here.
Wright with a small handicap returns some value.
Gary Anderson v James Wade to throw the same number of 180s
James Wade and Gary Anderson are dripping in PDC experience and will know each others games inside out following a career of meetings.
They have been similarly average in the maximum bed during the Premier League, with Anderson finding 27 compared to Wade’s 30.
These two are more than capable of running purple patches throughout this meeting, but we can’t ignore the 7/2 price for them to match on their number of 180s.
Michael van Gerwen to beat Jonny Clayton 6-3
Nobody looks particularly close to stopping Michael van Gerwen at the moment.
“Mighty Mike” has reached the final in four of the last six Premier League nights, and the Dutchman has recent 6-1 and 6-3 wins over the “Ferret”.
Clayton is second in the table for good reason – he’s only lost three of his nine quarter-finals in the Premier League – but an on-song MVG can sweep anyone aside.
Michael Smith v Joe Cullen – 170 finish in the match
Michael Smith and Joe Cullen are part of the PDC’s new breed and will be eager to impress over this Premier League campaign.
They both sit in the bottom half of the table and rely heavily on confidence to throw well.
We’re expecting a well-matched quarter-final here with the potential for all 11 legs to be thrown, opening up the opportunity for a 170 finish which both players like to leave.
Only Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen have reeled in the “big fish” so far, but we’re hopeful one of these two can match them.
* Premier League Darts odds correct at the time of writing. Subject to changes.