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Premier League Darts - Week 7 Tips: Nathan Aspinall to strike in Nottingham

The Premier League heads to Nottingham for night seven of this year's event with eight of the sport's top performers set to battle it out.

Michael van Gerwen became the first player to triumph on three consecutive nights, when taking maximum points in Liverpool last Thursday, and the Green Machine is 2/1 to make it four on the bounce.

Those excellent performances have seen the Dutchman draw clear at the top of the Premier League table, but it's all to play for below MVG.

Only seven points separate last week's runner-up and world champion Michael Smith in second place to Chris Dobey in seventh, and the race to make the playoffs promises to be a thrilling battle.

WhatPremier League Week 7
WhereMotorpoint Arena Nottingham, Nottingham
When19:00, Thursday 16th March
How to watchSky Sports
OddsMichael van Gerwen 2/1, Michael Smith 4/1, Gerwyn Price 9/2, Nathan Aspinall 9/1

Let's take a look at how the Nottingham quarter-finals shape up

Dimitri Van den Bergh v Nathan Aspinall

Outside of the brilliant Van Gerwen, Nathan Aspinall has just about been the most impressive performer in this year's Premier League. The Asp has collected 11 points courtesy of four semi-final appearances and a runners-up spot and the Stockport thrower has only failed to win one of his six quarter-finals.

Aspinall made the final of two major events at the end of last season and the Asp also reached the last eight of the recent UK Open. It's been a welcome return to form for the 2019 UK Open champion, and he produced a stunning 105.39 three-dart average, when beating Smith on night two in Cardiff.

Last week's effort in Liverpool wasn't so good for Aspinall, but the 31-year-old was suffering from a bout of flu at the M&S Bank Arena and an improved showing is expected from a fully fit Asp.

Van den Bergh is a capable performer and the Belgian has been putting up some good numbers in this season's competition.

That said, The DreamMaker has lost three of his six quarter-finals and that record could get worse against Aspinall. At evens, the Asp looks the bet to progress to the semi-finals.

Jonny Clayton v Gerwyn Price

There's an all-Welsh quarter-final contest in Nottingham when Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price get it on. This pair lifted the World Cup together in 2020, but now they go head-to-head.

It's been a mixed bag for Price, who won in front of a home crowd in Cardiff on night two and made the final on week four, but there have also been four first-round exits on the way.

The Iceman has certainly cooled in the last two weeks, but he has won all of his last four matches against Clayton and at 8/13 he can be backed to bounce back against the Ferret.

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Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright is bottom of the Premier League table and a clash against Van Gerwen isn't the ideal remedy for Snakebite.

The Scot was hammered 6-1 by the Green Machine in Liverpool last week, and while various issues have hampered Wright in this year's competition, Snakebite doesn't appear to be playing anywhere near well enough to upset a rampant MVG.

Mighty Mike put in a 100.20 three-dart average against Michael Smith in the Liverpool final and that was the second week on the bounce that the Dutchman has rattled in a 100+ average.

Not only will Wright have to be at his very best to get past Van Gerwen, he will also need the Green Machine to break down, and both of those outcomes look fairly unlikely.

The Dutchman is 2/5 to beat Snakebite and 8/11 to triumph when giving the Scot a 1.5-leg start on the handicap.

Chris Dobey v Michael Smith

The Nottingham quarter-finals are completed by an interesting contest between Chris Dobey and Michael Smith.

Dobey took opening night honours in Belfast, but Hollywood has failed to win a single Premier League game since. However, the Bedlington boy averaged 101.98 when losing 6-4 against Aspinall in Liverpool last week and that suggests he is still performing well.

Smith has been dealing with the pressure and commitments that come with being the reigning world champion, and it's to Bully Boy's credit that he has still put in some big performances.

Smith made the final in Liverpool last week and the St Helens hero is 4/9 to make it past Dobey at the Motorpoint Arena.

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