Unibet Premier League Night Three schedule, preview and prediction: Clayton’s Cardiff Challenge as World Champions collide
World Champions collide on Thursday Night as the Premier League roadshow heads to the Welsh Capital on week three of the marathon event.
Johnny Clayton is the third of the leagues challengers and will face Michael Smith in the second of the evenings five matches.
The games will be book ended by meetings of World Champions as Peter Wright takes on Rob Cross in the opening games whilst with five World titles between them Glen Durrant and Gary Anderson end the show.
Gerwyn Price will be looking to turn it on for his home crowd when we takes on Daryl Gurney.
Peter Wright V Rob Cross:
A meeting of the reigning and former World Champion opens the night as Peter Wright takes on Rob Cross.
Despite only picking up one point from his two opening fixtures, Wright will be looking to continue what has been a honeymoon period for him of late, picking up both the World crown but also the Masters title to the back end of January.
Cross may fancy himself under the radar in the Premier League, with a lot of talk around contenders and the likes of his opponent this week and Michael van Gerwen, he quietly saw off Nathan Aspinall in the opening game last week.
Prediction: 7-5 Wright
Johnny Clayton V Michael Smith
Johnny Clayton will make his bow on the Premier League stage at the Week 3 challenger when he takes on Michael Smith in this evenings second game.
Smith will be looking to climb up the table sooner rather than later, languishing in eight spot in the table with the solitary point to his name so far.
Clayton by being the challenger has the freedom to play his natural game without worrying about league scenarios, and with a recent TV win at the Masters against Michael van Gerwen under his belt, his floor game really is starting to transfer to the biggest stages.
Prediction: 6-6 draw
Michael van Gerwen V Nathan Aspinall
Nathan Aspinall seems to be a player who thrives on some of the biggest occasions in his career, and taking on the World number 1 will certainly be one of them.
Van Gerwen’s blistering 7-1 triumph over Daryl Gurney last week sent a message out to his rivals and the darting public that despite having a new set of darts, he will not falter as he tries to find the right range with them.
Top of the league, on the perch he so often finds himself in, he is responding to the critics since defeats in the World final and early on in The Masters.
Prediction: 7-4 van Gerwen
Daryl Gurney V Gerwyn Price
Any meeting between these two get pulses racing as two of Darts’ most emotional character go toe to toe on the oche.
For Gurney, his start to the Premier League couldn’t have been worse. Having narrowly avoided the aforementioned whitewash to MVG last week, he finds himself rooted to the bottom of the standings and at risk of elimination.
A win needs to come fast for the Irishman as after week three nights start to run out to get results on the board.
Price, who will be harbouring top four ambitions, also needs the points to bolster his position and hang on the cusp of the play-off places, even at this early stage of the campaign.
And with a vocal home crowd behind him, the Iceman may enjoy a rarity of cheering instead of the usual jeers which have greeted him on the walk way in the opening few weeks of the Premier League.
Prediction: 7-2 Price
Glen Durrant V Gary Anderson
Five World titles between them, this could be an epic match.
Two players with very similar qualities makes up for an intriguing contest between the pair.
Durrant has taken everything in his stride since joining the PDC 12 months ago, something he’s insisted on doing when it comes to the Premier League.
A point from behind against Fallon Sherrock backed up his opening win over Gurney, and sees him sat second in the standings.
Similarly, Anderson has a similar record, and is placed just behind in third in that chasing pack to van Gerwen.
The Flying Scotsman looks as if he is recapturing the form which saw him win two world titles and match his run of form two years ago before a back injury plagued his 2019 campaign.
Durrant will have the more deliberate throw, but Anderson will know that his Teeside opponent will let the game flow, something he’d be happy with.
Prediction: 6-6 draw
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