Welsh number one Gerwyn Price will make his homecoming in front of a sell-out crowd at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Thursday as Challenger Jonny Clayton also takes to the stage on Night Three of the 2020 Unibet Premier League.
Making his first appearance in Wales since being crowned back-to-back Grand Slam of Darts champion, world number three Price will be hoping to kick-start his Premier League campaign on home soil.
While Gurney is the only player without a point after the opening two nights of action, world number three Price will also be seeking a first victory of the campaign in the Welsh capital, having played out two draws so far.
Price’s World Cup of Darts partner and Welsh number two Clayton will make his Premier League debut as the third of nine Challengers to star in this year’s tournament.
The runner-up in the 2017 Players Championship Finals, Clayton has resided in the world’s top 16 for the past 12 months and his trio of ranking titles includes the 2018 Austrian Darts Open.
He now has the chance to make history as the first Challenger to win a Premier League match as he takes on former finalist Michael Smith.
Five-time Premier League champion Van Gerwen will look to continue his impeccable start to the campaign against newcomer Nathan Aspinall.
World number one Van Gerwen has posted averages over 100 in each of his first two matches, resulting in a 7-5 win over Peter Wright and a 7-1 demolition of Gurney.
The Dutchman will continue his bid for a fifth successive title against Aspinall, who suffered his first Premier League loss to Rob Cross on Night Two.
Night Three will also see World Champion Wright seek his first win of the campaign against 2019 runner-up Cross, while Glen Durrant looks to maintain an unbeaten start to his debut year against two-time Premier League winner Gary Anderson.
The first nine nights of Premier League action will see a different Challenger in action, culminating in Judgement Night in Rotterdam on March 26 where the ninth-placed player will be eliminated.
Following Judgement Night, the remaining eight players meet once more in the remaining seven league nights in Belfast, Sheffield, Manchester, Berlin, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds.
The top four players then progress to face off for the title, and £250,000 top prize, in the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 21.
UNIBET VIEW FROM JACK MILNER
“Gezzy is perhaps unlucky not to have a first win on the board, after battling out draws with first Rob Cross and then Michael Smith in his opening two games, but is a warm favourite to dispatch of Daryl Gurney in front of a likely partisan home crown in Cardiff.
“The Iceman is 9/2 to beat Daryl and also have the Highest Checkout and Hit the Most 180s in Unibet’s ‘King of the Oche’ market and should prove popular in an enhanced 4/1 treble with Peter Wright and Michael Van Gerwen.”
Unibet Premier League of Darts – Cardiff
Evens Peter Wright – Draw 10/3 – Rob Cross 2/1
5/2 Jonny Clayton – Draw 10/3 – Michael Smith 4/5
4/11 Michael Van Gerwen – Draw 23/5 – Nathan Aspinall 5/1
11/4 Daryl Gurney – Draw 10/3 – Gerwyn Price 3/4
2/1 Glen Durrant – Draw 13/4 – Gary Anderson Evens
Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and MVG all to Win 4/1
Gary Anderson, Gerwyn Price and MVG all to Win 9/2
Peter Wright, MVG and Gary Anderson all to Win 11/2
Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith and MVG all to Win 9/1
Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price and MVG all to Win 16/1
Gary Anderson, Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Peter Wright and MVG all to Win 20/1
Price and Anderson Most 180s 7/2
MVG, Smith and Wright Most 180s 11/2
Price, Anderson and Wright Most 180s 7/1
Price, MVG and Wright Most 180s 8/1
Anderson, Cross and MVG Most 180s 10/1
Wright, Smith, Price and MVG all to hit 3+ 180s 12/1
Wright/Cross, Clayton/Smith, Gurney/Price & MVG/Aspinall all to have 6+ 180s 14/1
Smith and Price Both to Win and Have Most 180s 9/1
King of the Oche (Win the game, hit the highest checkout and have the most 180s in the game)
Gerwyn Price King of the Oche 9/2
Gerwyn Price and MVG Both to be King of the Oche 16/1
Jonny Clayton to be King of the Oche 12/1