Premier League: Best bets for Night Eight in Glasgow
The battle for top spot in the Premier League hots up on Thursday night when leading duo Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith go head-to-head at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
While defending champion Van Gerwen was among the favourites to win the competition, Smith has become something of a surprise package following a rich vein of form.
Smith was relegated after finishing bottom of the table in his only previous appearance in 2016 but has produced some eye-catching performances to register five wins in six matches this time around.
Only leg difference separates him and Van Gerwen at the summit and the Scotland showdown will be a good indicator of where Smith is at.
The 27-year-old does not hold a good record against Van Gerwen, winning only one of their last nine meetings.
But he has already brushed aside big guns Gary Anderson and Peter Wright and is 11/2 to make it a hat-trick of major scalps.
"I keep hitting the doubles and getting the points," Smith told PDC.tv.
"I've been focusing on not getting eliminated. I'm pretty happy but I've still got more in the tank."
Van Gerwen, 1/3 to deny Smith top spot, has not looked back since losing to Wright in week two, claiming four consecutive victories.
"I want to raise my game now for the rest of the Premier League, but I'm at the top of the table and that's where I want to be. I feel good," the Dutchman told PDC.tv.
Another draw!-- Daryl Gurney (@Superchin180) March 15, 2018
I'll take that but wanted better. It was a proper match.
Fair play to Simon for fighting all the way.
Hopefully the win is on the way next week.
With all these draws, if you gave me a packet of crayons I'd be some artist... pic.twitter.com/F1vmXxlyNf
Daryl Gurney is 6/4 to finally end his wait for a Premier League win when he takes on Mensur Suljovic.
The Northern Irishman, in his debut campaign, is lingering just above the relegation zone after drawing four of his six matches to date.
But Gurney can bolster his survival hopes against a player who he has beaten in four of their last six meetings.
Anderson to draw with Simon Whitlock, in-form Rob Cross to heap more misery on winless Gerwyn Price and Raymond van Barneveld to extend Wright's winless streak to five matches is 16/1 in a treble.