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Premier League Darts: Wright out to 11/2 to make semi-finals

Many will be surprised to see Peter Wright at the bottom of the Premier League Darts standings without a point, after four weeks of action.

The Scot has failed to win a game in the first four nights but despite his struggles, Wright feels he will still make the final four.

Snakebite out of sorts

It’s seven years since Wright made the final of the Premier League, losing a thriller 11-10 to Michael van Gerwen in 2017.

The former world champion has been part of the tournament for 10 years, but his performances have dipped during the opening month of the 2024 event.

Snakebite was drawn to face Rob Cross in the opening week’s quarter-finals, with the Englishman running out a 6-3 winner in Cardiff.

The Premier League roadshow moved on to Germany in Week Two, but it was a similar story for Wright in Berlin. Up against world champion Luke Humphries, Wright’s average improved but he suffered a 6-4 loss.

The draw got no easier for the 53-year-old in Week Three, as he was pitted against van Gerwen at the Hydro in Glasgow.

Despite having the backing of home fans, Wright was well beaten by the Dutchman – going down 6-2 and ending the match with an 86.69 average.

His best performance of the 2024 Premier League season so far came in Week Four, when he was drawn to face Luke Littler. Even though Wright averaged over 100 for the first time in this year’s tournament, he still went down 6-5 to the sport's rising star.

Time is on Wright's side

The one plus for the Livingston-born thrower is that there are 11 nights of Premier League action still to come – starting in Exeter on Thursday 29th February.

The draw looks tricky again though for Wright, who faces Week Five runner-up Nathan Aspinall in the quarter-finals. The Scotsman can be backed at 6/5 to win the match, with Aspinall available at 4/6.

Youngster Littler seemed to bring the best out of Wright, who recorded six 180s during the match having thrown just four in the opening three games.

The current world number eight is 5/4 to claim over 2.5 180s against Aspinall and 2/1 to score more maximums than his opponent.

A victory at Westpoint will clearly be important to his confidence and will put him in a good position going into Night Six in Brighton – when he will open against Michael Smith.

Heading in the right direction

After deciding not to wear glasses on stage after his Week Two defeat, there have been better signs for Wright – who is 25/1 to win next month’s UK Open.

Averaging 103.37, Snakebite can feel a bit hard done by that he lost by such a narrow margin in Newcastle, as he continues to prop up the rest in the Premier League standings.

Prior to the Littler match, Wright had not checked out any 100+ finishes in his opening three matches.

The top four players after Night 16 in Sheffield, will contest the play-offs at The O2 in London on Thursday 23rd May. The winner of this year’s Premier League event will win a large chunk of the £1million prize fund.   

Wright's Premier League finishes

  • 2014 - 5th
  • 2015 - 9th
  • 2016 - 5th
  • 2017 - Runner-Up
  • 2018 - 7th
  • 2019 - 8th
  • 2020 - Semi-Finals
  • 2021 - 7th
  • 2022 - 5th
  • 2023 - 8th

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