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PDC Premier League Aberdeen

Round five of the PDC Premier league comes from Aberdeen, Scotland and will feature the gentle giant John Henderson as the Gary Anderson replacement contender.

John had a great run at the 2019 PDC World Championships and will surely be a crowd pleaser in his native home city of Aberdeen. To date, no contender has won their match.  Chris Dobey and Luke Humphries both managed draws while Glen Durrant the three-time back-to-back BDO World Champion lost 7-3. Steve Lennon managed a little better at losing 7-5. However, John is facing the current defending league champion and World Champion Michael van Gerwen.

 

Michael van GerwenMichael van Gerwen

Michael lost in Exeter last week to an on-form James Wade and went out in the first round of the UK Open to Mervyn King at the weekend. Signs of weakness seem to be creeping into Gerwen’s game and John with a patriotic crowd behind him could go against the online bookies odds and pull off an unexpected win. The Scottish fans will be hoping this will be the case.

Micheal leads the Premier League with six points. However, the league is still young and three other players are equal on five points each only separate by leg match difference, these players are; James Wade, Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price.

 

Rob Cross

Former PDC World Champion has shown he is back on top form. Runner-up in the UK Open, known also as the FA cup of darts, Rob showed why he 2018 World Championship victory was no one hit wonder. Rob Lost to Nathan Aspinall, in the UK Open Final.  Nathan will feature as the Premier League contender in Nottingham on the 14th March. Many fans believe Nathan had done enough to earn a full place in the 2019 Premier League line-up having got to the semi-finals in the 2019 World Championships. Following Nathan’s UK Open victory, he is now ranked 16th in the world. Rob Cross, however, is certainly a player that sometimes can go under the radar and on his current form is likely to make the Premier play-off stages at the very least.

 

Michael Smith

All eyes were on Michael Smith at the UK Open has he battled through the pain barrier after undergoing emergency surgery to remove an abscess from his groin area. Michael said he could have pulled out but wanted to compete. Michael made it to the semi-finals when it seemed his throw was lacking unlike the previous rounds when he could hardly miss a big score or double. Michael lost his semi-final match in the UK Open to Rob Cross the same player his will be facing in Aberdeen on Thursday. Will it be payback time for Michael? We will have to wait and see.

 

Raymond van Barneveld

Raymond van BarnelveldRaymond hasn’t had good press recently. The Dutch former five-time World Darts Champion is a fan favourite and capable of beating any player when he is on top form. However, following the UK Open, Raymond has fallen out of the World top 32 making it difficult for him to automatically qualify for some of the major tournaments that will feature later this year. Defiant Barny who retires after the 2020 World Darts Championships, if he qualifies said in his twitter feed this year is a marathon, not a sprint and knew this from the start! Many fans will be hoping to see Barney on top of his game in the remaining league matches he has; however, he currently languishes at the bottom of the table and is likely to be eliminated come judgement night unless he can string together several wins before then.

Coverage of round five of the Premier League can be seen via Sky Sports in the UK and various other TV Channels around the World. If you are outside the UK, NI Ireland and Holland you can sign-up and via the Premier League via PDC HDTV see their website for more details and event coverage.

 

PDC Previous Premier League Winners

Year

Winner

Score

 

Score

Runner-up

2018 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 4 Michael Smith
2017 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
10
Peter Wright
2016 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
3
Phil Taylor
2015 Gary Anderson
11
-
7
Michael van Gerwen
2014 Raymond van Barneveld
10
-
6
Michael van Gerwen
2013 Michael van Gerwen
10
-
8
Phil Taylor
2012 Phil Taylor
10
-
7
Simon Whitlock
2011 Gary Anderson
10
-
4
Adrian Lewis
2010 Phil Taylor
10
-
8
James Wade
2009 James Wade
13
-
8
Mervyn King
2008 Phil Taylor
16
-
8
James Wade
2007 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Terry Jenkins
2006 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Roland Scholten
2005 Phil Taylor
16
-
4
Colin Lloyd

 

 

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