Premier League Darts heads to Berlin on Thursday for Night Two of the competition as the elite eight aim to…
Premier League Darts heads to Berlin on Thursday for Night Two of the competition as the elite eight aim to put early points on the board.
The opening night of the sport’s showpiece invitational saw Michael Smith take the spoils in Cardiff, defeating home favourite Gerwyn Price in the final.
The Premier League roadshow now heads to Germany, with a 12,000-strong crowd set to pack the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
A repeat of last week’s final sees Smith bidding to do the double over 2023 runner-up Price when they meet in the second Quarter-Final.
Price registered successive ton-plus averages to reach the final in Cardiff for the second year in a row, but fell flat at the crucial time, averaging just 90.8 in a 6-2 defeat.
The 2021 World Champion withdrew from the weekend’s Cazoo Masters and will look to gain revenge and add to his three-point tally.
Smith, who equalled Price’s tally of four weekly titles last season, got off to the perfect start in the Welsh capital but was beaten 10-6 by Dimitri van den Bergh in his opening match at The Masters.
The opening Quarter-Final sees reigning Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen take on 2020 runner-up Nathan Aspinall.
Both players are aiming to bounce back from disappointing opening night defeats, with Van Gerwen going 15 darts without a treble in the deciding leg against Smith, while Aspinall let a 2-0 lead slip against Price.
Van Gerwen, who picked up the Dutch Masters title on home soil ahead of Night One, came agonisingly close to doubling his tally for the season at The Masters, but was denied by an inspired Stephen Bunting in the final.
Aspinall battled past Dirk van Duijvenbode and Daryl Gurney in Milton Keynes, but only to be thrashed 11-1 by a rampant Bunting in the Semi-Finals.
World Championship finalist Luke Littler aims to do the double over Rob Cross following their epic Semi-Final at Ally Pally.
Littler stormed to a six sets to two victory in a high quality contest which saw the teenager average 106 to Cross’ 102.7.
Littler, who went on to claim a first televised PDC title at the Bahrain Masters and produce an historic nine-darter along the way, was left to rue one missed dart at double 15 in last week’s Semi-Finals.
The 17-year-old thrashed his Ally Pally nemesis Humphries 6-2 with a 100.3 average, and was then denied by Smith in a deciding leg despite averaging 105.3.
Cross, meanwhile, went down 6-2 to Price in the Semi-Finals in Cardiff before bowing out in the Last 16 of The Masters courtesy of a 10-8 defeat to Damon Heta.
World number one Humphries looks to register his first Premier League points at the expense of struggling Peter Wright.
A debut to forget for ‘Cool Hand Luke’ saw him become the target of whistling from the crowd as he went down 6-2 to Littler, and his Masters campaign also ended in an early exit at the hands of eventual champion Bunting.
Humphries recovered from two sets down to defeat Wright 3-2 in the Quarter-Finals of the World Grand Prix last October, going on to win the tournament and land his first major title.
Wright endured a nightmare start to his 11th Premier League campaign, averaging just 83.7 in a 6-3 defeat to Cross in the Quarter-Finals.
However, he did register a win over Krzysztof Ratajski at The Masters, only to be hammered 10-2 by Bunting in the Last Eight with another 83 average.
The reigning European Champion is odds-on to finish bottom of the league table for the second successive year and will be desperate to record a morale-boosting win over the World Champion in Berlin.
Night Two of 2024 Premier League Darts gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.
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Premier League Darts 2024 Night Two Schedule
Night Two – Thursday February 8
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Luke Littler v Rob Cross
Luke Humphries v Peter Wright
Aspinall/Van Gerwen v Smith/Price
Littler/Cross v Humphries/Wright
Premier League Darts 2024 Night Two Odds
Odds correct as of 19:00 on February 27th. 18+ | Be Gamble Aware
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