Schedule & Preview for Night Two of 2021 Premier League Darts featuring Van Gerwen versus Wright
Get out the charcoal pencils; the Premier League Darts is draw central at the moment. Four of the opening five games were stalemates, in what is hopefully a portent for a really tight contest this season.
Gary Anderson just about shaded a draw against James Wade with a great 156 checkout, though if the finishing had been sharper beforehand, he might have grabbed a win. Take two for the Flying Scotsman comes against Jose de Sousa, who didn't show much of his best stuff against Rob Cross.
It's going to be a long season for Glen Durrant if he can't pick up form. Actually, it'll be quite a short one. Defeat against Nathan Aspinall isn't fatal by any means, but the next four days will either be a chance to pick up a head of steam, or a speedy descent into a relegation fight. Jonny Clayton has the opposite aspirations, having opened with the highest ever average to debut a full Premier League Darts season. The top four is very much in the offing for the Ferret.
Who'd have thought that Nathan Aspinall would be clear at the top of the Premier League after one night? Sure, it's just a point, but any lead's a good one. The Asp is underway, but might need to go up another gear against Dimitri van den Bergh. The Belgian made a good start and was a constant thorn in Michael van Gerwen's side; he will provide a very stern test for every opponent on this basis.
Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright both set high standards for themselves, but while the Dutchman was satisfied with his opening night draw, Wright branded a 101 average and 100 per cent checkout rate as "rubbish." Wright's penchant for bizarre statements aside, there's room to grow. If the pair are on their best form, then this game's going to catch fire.
Last but not least is James Wade, the insurgent contestant. The Machine almost kicked off with a win, but will quickly shake off Gary Anderson claiming a point from him and focus on the next assignment. It comes in the form of Rob Cross, one of the favourites to be in around the bottom of the table. Cross, who notched a league-high six 180s on Monday night (alongside Wade) will want to prove his critics wrong, and this is a good place to start, against a man parachuted in and immediately listed among the favourites.
Schedule 2021 Premier League Darts
Night Two - Tuesday April 6
19:10 Gary Anderson v Jose de Sousa
19:50 Jonny Clayton v Glen Durrant
20:40 Dimitri Van den Bergh v Nathan Aspinall
21:20 Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
22:00 James Wade v Rob Cross