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Premier League Darts Night 7: Can anyone stop high-flying Michael van Gerwen?

Michael van Gerwen will be looking to tighten his grip on the Premier League table by making it four straight wins in Nottingham on Thursday night.

After amassing just five points from the first three weeks of competition, Van Gerwen has taken a maximum of 15 from the last three courtesy of a trio of wins in Dublin, Exeter and Liverpool.

He's 2/1 to make it four in a row at Nottingham's Motorpoint Arena where world champion, 4/1 Michael Smith, and 9/2 Gerwyn Price are seen as his biggest dangers in the Night Winner in Week market.

WhatPremier League Darts Week 7
WhereMotorpoint Arena, Nottingham
When19:00, Thursday 16th March
How to watchSky Sports Action
OddsM van Gerwen 2/1, M Smith 4/1, Gerwyn Price 9/2, D van den Bergh 9/1, N Aspinall 9/1, P Wright 9/1

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Van Gerwen is in danger of turning the Premier League regular season into a procession and Peter Wright is charged with becoming the first man in a month to beat the Dutchman in the competition.

The Dutchman has soared on to 20 points courtesy of three straight nightly wins, leaving him eight clear of Smith in second and 13 points clear of fifth place.

He's 1/200 to reach the four-man playoffs and should he win in Nottingham, he would move on to 25 points, which last year was good enough to make the playoffs – and we're not even halfway through the campaign!

Van Gerwen is 2/5 to beat Wright on Thursday night, a week after thrashing the luckless Scot 6-1 in the semis in Liverpool.

Mighty Mike has now won his last seven Premier League matches against Wright, the last five by an aggregate score of 30-6, which makes a bet on Snakey at 2/1 tough to justify.

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Smith set for semis showdown with Van Gerwen

The winner of the Van Gerwen-Wright quarter-final in Nottingham will go through to the semis and take on whoever prevails out of Smith and Chris Dobey.

And it will surprise nobody that Bully Boy, the reigning world champ and second in the Premier League standings, is 4/9 to come through this.

This will be the first-ever Premier League meeting between these two but all the form figures suggest Smith wins and wins well.

Dobey, making his debut in the competition, is finding it tough. He was handed his invite courtesy of victory in the Masters at the back end of January (he beat Smith en route to lifting the trophy) and the momentum carried him to an against-the-odds victory on Night One in Belfast.

Since then, however, he has played five, lost five and having topped the table after the opening night, now finds himself seventh of eight and desperately needing to pick up some points again.

Who will win battle of the Welshmen?

Just a solitary point separates Welsh rivals and friends Price and Jonny Clayton in the Premier League standings to add further spice to their intriguing quarter-final tie.

Price is 8/13, Clayton 13/10, and recent head-to-head figures support the view of the layers – Gezzy has won their last three meetings.

Last spring, however, they met twice in this competition and Clayton won them both.

Price has been a model of inconsistency this season, with two final appearances (winning in Cardiff) and four first-hurdle falls.

The former world champion and current world No.4 has played ten matches so far, averaging over 100 in two of those and under 90 in three. He's having that sort of season.

Clayton couldn't buy a win during the first two weeks but picked up seven points in the subsequent three to haul himself back into the playoff picture.

Aspinall looking to snap losing streak

The opener on the night pits Nathan Aspinall against Dimitri van den Bergh, a match which, on the face of it and the prices confirm, looks a hard one to call.

It's 4/5 Van den Bergh, 1/1 Aspinall, who is looking to avenge a 6-1 Week Three defeat at the Belgian's hands.

That victory for Van den Bergh extended his winning streak over Aspinall to nine straight matches, a remarkable one-sided dominance which stretches back to 2020.

Van den Bergh's finishing – a tournament-high 46 per cent – is making him hard to beat but it's Aspinall's consistency which is arguably more eye-catching. Over the first six weeks he has only suffered one quarter-final exit.

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