Unibet Premier League – Aberdeen Preview

Gary Anderson will be aiming to secure his place in the Unibet Premier League Play-Offs in front of a passionate Scottish crowd as the league season ends at The BHGE Arena in Aberdeen on Thursday.

The two-time Premier League Champion needs to win just three legs against Michael van Gerwen to guarantee his place at The O2 on May 17.

Anderson’s only rival for the final top four spot is Daryl Gurney, who must win at least 7-2 against Peter Wright and hope league leader Van Gerwen records a big win over the Scot.

The 47-year-old will be hoping to bounce back from defeats to Simon Whitlock and Raymond van Barneveld in the past fortnight to join Van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Rob Cross in the Play-Offs.

Van Gerwen secured top spot with a convincing 7-2 win over Cross in Birmingham last week and will be looking to add a fourth Premier League crown to his ever-expanding trophy cabinet next week.

However, the Dutchman insists he will not be taking his eye off the ball against Anderson on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Gurney hasn’t given up hope of walking out at The O2 next week and will be aiming to pile the pressure on Anderson with a big victory over Wright.

The Northern Irishman will face a tough test against 2017 runner-up Wright, who picked up a much-needed win over Whitlock last week.

Elsewhere, Smith, who secured his Play-Off place last week with a 6-6 draw against Gurney, will take on Van Barneveld in the opening game of the evening in Aberdeen.

The St Helens ace insists he won’t be relaxing as he aims to secure a second-placed finish in just his second Premier League season on Thursday.

Meanwhile, reigning World Champion Cross, who has already secured his Play-Off spot in his debut Premier League campaign, will face Whitlock.

Cross can still finish as high as second place, if he beats the Australian and Smith loses to Van Barneveld.

Unibet Match Odds – Night 15, Aberdeen

Michael Smith – 7/5 Draw – 33/10 Raymond van Barneveld – 7/5

Simon Whitlock – 5/1 Draw – 9/2 Rob Cross – 4/11

Peter Wright – 11/8 Draw – 33/10 Daryl Gurney – 11/8

Michael van Gerwen – 8/15 Draw – 4/1 Gary Anderson – 18/5

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