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Premier League Darts Night Two Preview: Chris Dobey hopes to down Gerwyn Price

Week two of this year's Premier League Darts gets going on Thursday evening with Chris Dobey hoping to follow on from a dream debut in Belfast last week.

The 32-year-old was selected for this year's competition on the back of winning the Masters in Milton Keynes at the end of January and continued to produce the goods as he took last week's title and the £10,000 bonus.

He defeated Peter Wright and Nathan Aspinall en route to a final against Michael van Gerwen where he won 6-4 with a 96 average, hitting a 170 checkout along the way.

Dobey was rewarded with five points and sits top of the table ahead of his meeting with Gerwyn Price on Thursday - the former world number one looking to get his Premier League campaign off and running this week.

Van Gerwen faces Dimitri van den Bergh in a repeat of one of last week's semi-finals while Aspinall and Wright face off.

World champion Michael Smith is first up and he takes on home favourite Jonny Clayton at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena.

WhatPremier League Darts
WhereArenas across the UK, Ireland and Europe
WhenEvery Thursday night until the end of May
How to watchSky Sports
Odds (outright)Michael van Gerwen 9/5, Michael Smith 7/2, Gerwyn Price 5/1, Peter Wright 11/2, Jonny Clayton 12/1, Dimitri Van den Bergh 14/1, Nathan Aspinall 14/1, Chris Dobey 14/1

Dobey looking at home in the big league

Dobey's selection followed a pattern of the Masters winner being given a spot in the Premier League, and already he looks like he could follow in the footsteps of Clayton and Joe Cullen who were picked for the same reason.

Clayton won the Premier League outright in 2021 while Cullen was runner-up last year and had a match dart - Dobey will be keen to try and emulate the pair.

The North-East native is the ultimate steady Eddie performer - rarely do you see him dip below the 93-94 mark in terms of averages, and he is also capable of being a big scorer.

This week he faces Price who will find himself in an unusual situation on Thursday in terms of being a crowd favourite.

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He is still hoping to rebuild his form following a dramatic quarter-final exit in the World Championships, summed up by the bizarre scenes of him wearing a pair of ear defender to stop crowd noise.

Price has a curiously poor Premier League record having never made the play offs but he is 8/15 to beat Dobey with Hollywood priced at 6/4.

Defending champion 'MVG' hopes to go one better

Many would have expected Van Gerwen to dispatch Dobey last week but this was an early bump in the road for the Dutchman.

Still, the six-time Premier League winner can be pleased to get three points on the board and now he faces van den Bergh for the second time in a week after they met in the semi-finals in Belfast.

They also met in the semis at Ally Pally where van Gerwen swept the Belgian aside 6-0 in sets with some visible on-stage needle between the pair.

Van Gerwen has an outstanding record against the DreamMaker, winning each of their last seven meetings, including a final in last year's European Tour.

Van den Bergh certainly has a point to prove - not just in beating van Gerwen but in justifying his selection with some feeling he didn't deserve a Premier League recall.

However, he was solid against Jonny Clayton last week and beating MVG would be something of a statement. He is 5/2 to win with van Gerwen a 3/10 price.

Smith seeking to silence Clayton fans

World champion and world number one Smith lost his Ally Pally rematch with MVG last week, going down 6-3 despite averaging over a ton.

The St Helens thrower has a new-found sense of resilience so he won't be overly concerned at losing, but he won't want to wait too long for a first win of the campaign.

Smith and Clayton played a barnstorming game in the 2022 World Darts Championship where the Englishman came out on top and another high-quality game is to be expected.

Clayton's record in this competition is phenomenal - he won on debut in 2021 and topped the league phase last year, losing to Cullen in the semis.

However, Smith is still the man of the moment following his astonishing World Championship win and nine-darter and he is available to back at 8/15 with Clayton priced at 6/4.

Wright aiming for triumphant Cardiff return

Last year, Cardiff hosted night one of the Premier League and Wright won in convincing fashion, following on from his second world title triumph.

He averaged over 113 in beating Clayton in the final but it proved to be his only nightly win in the competition and Wright is another player who has a strangely poor record in the Premier League - reaching the final in 2017 being his best effort.

He takes on Aspinall who performed well on his return against Price last week before being defeated by Dobey in the semis.

Aspinall, priced at 11/8, will fancy his chances against Wright - 4/7 - having won four of their last five meetings.

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