Schedule & Preview for Night Four of 2021 Premier League Darts featuring Wade versus Van Gerwen
First up in Milton Keynes is a clash of former housemates (at least, temporarily so.) Dimitri van den Bergh's career went up a notch after a stay with then world-champion Peter Wright, and they meet in the Premier League Darts for the first, but surely not the last, time.
Van Den Bergh won't have learned much from a 7-0 thrashing of a sorry Glen Durrant, but with two wins and a draw from his first three games, he's sitting pretty at the top of the table. Peter Wright recovered well from a poor second game to defeat Gary Anderson and will hopefully also be recovering just as swiftly from illness.
Does anyone have any remaining doubts about Jonny Clayton being a Premier League player? Thought not. A spectacular nine-darter has written the Welshman into the history books, and the play-off push is well and truly on. Rob Cross is in a similar mood to defy the critics; the results haven't been as consistently good, but his standard has been decent throughout, and Clayton will need to produce the goods once again to win.
Jose de Sousa recorded the highest average of any player so far against Jonny Clayton, and came out of it with a 7-3 loss. There's not much you can do about a nine-darter, but in his past two games he's missed the chance to get anything from Gary Anderson, and watched a close match against Clayton slide away from him. That needs to be corrected immediately against Nathan Aspinall if De Sousa is to repel the siren call of the relegation fight.
Michael van Gerwen probably marks off Premier League wins against Rob Cross before he's even played the game, but still, the Dutchman was in fine fettle on Night Three. Next up is James Wade who, after playing well on the opening night, has seen his performance levels slump. The famous Wade B-game that ekes out wins might not be enough this year, especially against a hungry Van Gerwen.
If you're enjoying Glen Durrant's Premier League Darts season so far then you are, to put it bluntly, a sociopath. It has been a miserable time for Duzza, in complete contrast to a brilliant 2020 win that reminded us all that the Premier League isn't a closed shop. We can only hope that things will improve quickly for the three-time world champion. Gary Anderson will sympathise, but won't show any mercy.
Schedule 2021 Premier League Darts
Night Four - Thursday April 8
19:10 Dimitri van den Bergh v Peter Wright
19:50 Jonny Clayton v Rob Cross
20:30 Jose de Sousa v Nathan Aspinall
21:10 James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
21:50 Gary Anderson v Glen Durrant