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Premier League Darts – Week 13 Tips: Play-off chase hotting up in Leeds

The eight Premier League stars head for West Yorkshire on Thursday as a fascinating battle for the playoffs gets towards crunch time.

With Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen having streaked clear of the field and Dimitri van den Bergh and Chris Dobey in danger of joining Peter Wright in being too far behind, it leaves three players jostling for two semi-final spots.

And with just two points blanketing Nathan Aspinall in third, Jonny Clayton in fourth and world champ Michael Smith in fifth, this promises to be a nervy race to the line.

If Van den Bergh or Dobey fancy disrupting that scrap and making a late charge of their own for the play-offs, they need to pick up big points in Leeds on a critical night of Premier League action.

Premier League Darts – Week 13 Tips

Chris Dobey over 95.5 average v M Smith @ 4/5

Michael van Gerwen -2.5 v P Wright @ 6/5

Gerwyn Price/G Price most 180s double v J Clayton @ 11/10

N Aspinall most 180s v D van den Bergh @ 13/10

Prices correct at time of writing and subject to change

WhatPremier League Week 13
WhereFirst Direct Arena, Leeds
When19:00, Thursday 27th April
How to watchSky Sports Action 

Michael Smith v Chris Dobey Tips 

The 4/9 about Michael Smith beating Chris Dobey in the opener at the First Direct Arena in Leeds looks short enough – and it looks plain wrong if head-to-head form is your guide.

These two big-scorers have met three times in 2023 and Dobey has won the lot, once en route to winning the Masters and twice in the Premier League.

It's very much feast or famine with Bully Boy, who has reached three finals and suffered five first-hurdle falls in the last eight weeks. In contrast, no one has suffered more quarter-final losses than Dobey, nine in total.

Dobey, a 7/4 shot, has not won in four weeks but has averaged 101.6 in the four matches he has played, and over 97.6 in all of them. Take the 4/5 he clears the 95.5 mark.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright Tips

Peter Wright's season reached a new low on Saturday when he crashed out of the Austrian Open 6-1 to Mensur Suljovic with a 78 average.

Snakebite looks an absolute shadow of his former self and despite fleeting glimpses of something like decent form over recent Thursdays, he remains tailed off, 1/1 to finish bottom and hard to fancy against Michael van Gerwen.

These two have met three times in this year's competition with the Dutchman winning the lot, twice by 6-1 scorelines. Indeed, he has won his last nine Premier League encounters with his fading rival.

MvG has picked up a mere four points over the last four weeks to lose top spot to Gerwyn Price, but after a respectable run to the semis in Austria he should be able to put Wright in his place once more. He's 2/5 to win - but take the risk on him winning 6-3 or better and back him at 6/5 on the handicap. 

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Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton Tips

Welsh pals Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton meet for the fifth time in this campaign with the Iceman hoping to improve his 3-1 head-to-head edge.

The most recent of those encounters was last week in Rotterdam where Price pulled off a routine 6-1 success and he certainly seems to have Clayton's number.

The pressure is on the Ferret, who is clinging on to fourth spot, though he arrives in Leeds in good form after winning the Austrian Open on Sunday night.

Gezzy is the pick of the crop at the moment, producing better and more consistent arrers than any of his rivals and should get up.

Odds of 2/5 are restrictive though, so aim bigger by acknowledging the league's best maximum hitter by backing the Price/most 180s double at 11/10.

Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri van den Bergh Tips

Rotterdam winner Nathan Aspinall beat Dimitri van den Bergh 6-4 on his way to winning in the Dutch port city last Thursday, and the Asp will be expecting to land the 4/5 in the fourth quarter-final.

Van den Bergh has now lost two in a row to the Asp having won their previous 10 showdowns.

It smells like a potentially close game but where the Asp might have an advantage is in the 180 department.

He is hitting a max every 3.2 legs in the Premier League, Van den Bergh one every 3.7. Those numbers are almost identically mirrored on the Pro Tour, too. So the 13/10 Aspinall most 180s has to look appealing.

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