Unibet Premier League – Glasgow Preview

Top of the table pair Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith clash as the Unibet Premier League visits Glasgow on Thursday.

Scottish Gary Anderson and Peter Wright hope to boost their battles against elimination on home soil.

The Premier League’s top two players, Van Gerwen and Smith, will clash at The SSE Hydro in a bid to move two points clear at the head of the table following seven matches.

The pair’s only previous Premier League meeting had seen Van Gerwen set a world record average of 123.40 in Aberdeen in 2016, and the Dutchman is aiming to assert his dominance over the early-season pace-setter.

Smith won his opening four matches and bounced back to winning ways with a 7-1 demolition of Wright last week – but insists that facing the world number one will be a true test of his form.

Scottish superstar Anderson has drawn his last three matches and is aiming to defeat fourth-placed Simon Whitlock to avoid being drawn into the battle against elimination on Judgement Night.

2012 Premier League finalist Whitlock had won his first three matches this season on his return to the tournament, and is relishing the chance to face the UK Open champion.

World number two Wright is also hoping that a return to Scotland can boost his season, with the 2017 runner-up having been dragged into the elimination scrap with successive 7-1 defeats.

Wright is hoping to shake off a shoulder problem in time for his game with Raymond van Barneveld.

The night in Glasgow also sees two players locked on four points, Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic, meet in a key clash, while bottom player Gerwyn Price searches for his first win of the season against Rob Cross.

World Champion Cross, though, is in confident mood after claiming four successive victories to move into third place in the table.

Unibet Match Odds – Night Seven, Glasgow

33/20 Daryl Gurney 16/5 Draw 6/5 Mensur Suljovic

33/100 Michael van Gerwen 5/1 Draw 6/1 Michael Smith

11/25 Gary Anderson 4/1 Draw 5/1 Simon Whitlock

17/10 Peter Wright 16/5 Draw 6/5 Raymond van Barneveld

2/5 Rob Cross 4/1 Draw 11/2 Gerwyn Price

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