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Premier League Darts Nottingham 2019

 

PDC Premier League Nottingham

Nathan Aspinall will be the Premier League contender at the Nottingham Arena. Nathan, unlike the other contenders, has had the best few months of his darting career and made the world of professional darts look at his chances of a victory in the sixth round of the Premier League.

Nathan got to the quarter-final of the PDC World Championships in December, earning him his biggest pay packet at the time, £100,000 and he, unlike some of the others have pushed on from there. He won the UK Open in Butlin’s Minehead sweeping away some notable opponents including former World Darts Champion, Rob Cross in the final.

Rob seemed to throw in the towel shaking Nathan’s hand before the penultimate round, something I have never seen in a darts match. Rob later said he was spent and had nothing left to give following a gruelling three days of top-class darts that featured the biggest field to date.

Nathan could be the first contender to win a Premier League match, to date, the most a contender has managed is a draw. Nathan faces Michael Smith in Nottingham and the odds will be shortened at bettingsites.ng due to Michael’s recent operation that saw him struggle through pain at the UK Open and at last weeks instalment of the Premier League.

James Wade

 

James Wade

James Wade has shown a return to form following the birth of his son. James currently tops the Premier League leader board. However, four players are level at the top with seven points each, separated only by leg difference and legs against the throw. The surprise to many has been the recent fall of ‘Mighty Mike'.

Michael van Gerwen has won the Premier League for the past three years a feat only the legendary Phil Taylor has achieved. Michael dominated the early rounds of this year’s league, however, lost to James Wade in round five and could only manage a draw against ‘Highlander’, John Henderson.  Many would have thought it would be a relatively easy victory for Michael against the World’s No. 20, however, playing in the Highlander’s home town of Aberdeen was never going to be easy for the Dutchman.

 

Gerwyn Price

Gerwyn PriceGerwyn is ‘quietly’ going about his business and the boos have calmed, a little, after he graciously accepted defeat in the UK Open in the semi-final to Nathan Aspinall. However, Gerwyn seems confident of defeating the World’ No.1 Michael van Gerwen in Nottingham. Michael however, has another thing on his mind, a loss could mean he falls into the relegation zone for the first time and his chances of winning the league table prior to the playoffs will be greatly diminished.

Gerwyn’s 7-3 victory over Mensur Suljović in Aberdeen has given the Welshman the confidence to go much further Premier League and a showdown with Michael van Gerwen will either propel him possibly to the top of the leader board or fall into the relegation zone.

 

Peter Wright

A fans favourite, Peter Wright, has not had the best of starts this year. He failed to impress at the World Championships and failed again at the UK Open. However, Peter still resides at the PDC Order of Merit No.3 position.

he order of merit also known as the players ranking is based on a rolling two years winnings. After the UK Open Peter found £68,000 was removed from his total and further losses could see ‘Snakebite’ plummet down the table. The Premier League, however, is something different and a win in Nottingham could see Peter rise up the table into the top four. Peter will play Daryl Gurney another player that has had a taste of success but was whitewashed 7-0 by James Wade in Aberdeen. Daryl will have this defeat on his mind when he plays Peter and he can not afford another defeat of this magnitude as it could see him at the bottom of the league table after round six.

 

Contenders

The introduction of the nine contenders following Gary Anderson’s withdrawal has sparked a debate as regards should single player have been appointed instead of nine or indeed should the contender results affect the overall Premier League results. This is intriguing and the views seem to be split. One thing is to say is it has brought a new and, in my opinion, a good dynamic to the 2019 Premier League.

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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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