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Premier League Darts Night Four preview: Who can stop Michael van Gerwen completing a treble?

Michael van Gerwen, the seven-time Premier League winner, has made a serious early statement by picking up back-to-back wins on the last two Thursdays, so can anyone stop him from notching up a hat-trick in Newcastle?

It’s Night Four of the 2024 Premier League and the roadshow arrives at the Utilita Arena where Van Gerwen is 10/3 to complete his three-timer.

To do that he’ll first have to overcome Gerwyn Price in the fourth quarter-final of an evening, which kicks off with Michael Smith - the Night One winner - taking on Nathan Aspinall.

Rob Cross and Luke Humphries meet in the second quarter ahead of a showdown between Peter Wright and Luke Littler.
 


Premier League Darts Night Four matches

Michael Smith v Nathan Aspinall

NameMichael SmithNathan Aspinall
Age3332
NationalityEnglandEngland
NicknameBully BoyThe Asp
World Ranking34
Premier League appearances74
Best Premier League performanceRunner-up (2018)Runner-up (2020)
Match Odds4/66/5
Outright Odds8/133/1

Nathan Aspinall is not having a great start to 2024 and another disappointing week on the floor in Leicester won’t have lifted his mood.

The Matchplay champion managed just one win and a trio of low averages at Players Championships 3 and 4, which won’t have lifted the confidence of one of two men yet to get off the mark in the Premier League.

Bully Boy himself is massively inconsistent this year, but does have seven points to his name and should win this, probably with more 180s than his opponent.

The averages could be low, however, as this promises to be scrappy.
 

Rob Cross v Luke Humphries

NameRob CrossLuke Humphries
Age3329
NationalityEnglandEngland
NicknameVoltageCool Hand
World Ranking61
Premier League appearances5Debut
Best Premier League performanceRunner-up (2019)-
Match Odds7/44/9
Outright Odds12/13/1

Luke Humphries finally turned on the world champion’s style in Glasgow last Thursday, producing a trio of overdue ton-plus averages but just falling short against Van Gerwen in the final.

It certainly answered his critics who suggested he was suffering an Alexandra Palace hangover, though those same critics were audible once more on Monday when he suffered a first-round fall at Players Championship 3.

Rob Cross, meanwhile, fell at the first hurdle in both PCs 3 and 4 and is also struggling.

Humphries has actually averaged over 100 in five of his six Premier League matches, so there isn’t an awful lot wrong with his game and he can probably demonstrate that by taking down Cross, though Voltage should ensure it goes to at least ten legs.
 

Peter Wright v Luke Littler

NamePeter WrightLuke Littler
Age5317
NationalityScotlandEngland
NicknameSnakebiteThe Nuke
World Ranking830
Premier League appearances11Debut
Best Premier League performanceRunner-up (2017)-
Match Odds3/11/4
Outright Odds80/111/4

The questions darts fans and punters are finally asking this week are, has the Luke Littler bubble burst and is Peter Wright back to his best?

The answer to both is probably it’s far too early to say, but certainly Snakebite has just enjoyed his best week for ages with a quarter-final in PC3 followed by a semi-final in PC4.

And Littler suffered the indignity of a first-round loss in PC4, a rare low in the youngster’s remarkable and breakneck rise to the pinnacle of the game.

Wright, of course, is yet to get a Premier League point and his averages in Leicester weren’t exceptional.

He is, though, maybe worth a shot on the handicap, especially if a few doubts are creeping in to Littler’s head.
 

Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen

NameGerwyn PriceMichael van Gerwen
Age3834
NationalityWalesNetherlands
NicknameThe IcemanMighty Mike
World Ranking52
Premier League appearances612
Best Premier League performanceRunner-up (2023)Winner (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023)
Match Odds6/54/6
Outright Odds11/212/5

A showdown between Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen is always a must-see affair and the fourth quarter-final in Newcastle is no different.

These two haven’t actually met on the stage since last year’s final, which Mighty Mike won 11-5.

Price is averaging better than the Dutchman across the board this year and Van Gerwen, by his own admission, won in Glasgow despite not being anywhere near his best.

If The Iceman keeps his cool and puts Van Gerwen under pressure there is no reason why he cannot take this one.
 

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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