Unibet Premier League – Nottingham Preview

The battle to avoid elimination from the Unibet Premier League steps up on Thursday as the tournament visits Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena.

With only four games remaining before the bottom two players are eliminated on Judgement Night, the season’s sixth league night sees five crucial matches taking place.

Just four points separate the players from third to tenth in the league table, meaning that victory in Nottingham could prove crucial to a players’ chances of staying in the tournament to challenge for the title.

World Champion Rob Cross jumped up to fourth place as he claimed a third successive win by overcoming Michael Smith in Leeds last week, and will take on resurgent Mensur Suljovic in their sixth Premier League game.

Suljovic has won his last two matches and continued his strong form this season with a 7-1 win over world number two Peter Wright in Leeds last Thursday.

League leader Michael van Gerwen, who sits above Smith on leg difference, takes on winless Gerwyn Price, with the league’s bottom player having never previously defeated the Dutchman in a dozen competitive meetings.

Two former champions meet as Raymond van Barneveld takes on Gary Anderson, who followed up his UK Open win and a draw with Daryl Gurney in Leeds by winning both Players Championship events held last weekend.

Van Barneveld defeated Price 7-5 last week to move onto five league points, but is expecting another testing battle as he meets the two-time World Champion.

The night in Nottingham also sees Smith – who suffered his first defeat of the season in Leeds – take on Wright, while third-placed Whitlock comes up against second-bottom Gurney.

Gurney has defeated Whitlock in their last six meetings, including October’s World Grand Prix final.

Unibet Match Odds – Night Six Nottingham

43/20 Michael Smith 33/10 Draw 19/20 Peter Wright

43/20 Simon Whitlock 33/10 Draw 10/11 Daryl Gurney

5/2 Mensur Suljovic 33/10 Draw 4/5 Rob Cross

14/1 Gerwyn Price 17/2 Draw 1/9 Michael van Gerwen

7/2 Raymond van Barneveld 4/1 Draw 13/25 Gary Anderson

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