2018 Unibet Premier League Darts – Gary Anderson vs Peter Wright Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 12th April

Where? The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Mix

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? www.flydsaarena.co.uk

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CAREER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Gary Anderson 24-13 Peter Wright (2 draws)

GARY ANDERSON

  • Gary Anderson sits a point and a place outside the play-off places following his 7-5 defeat against Rob Cross last Thursday evening. That loss ended a five-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and was his first defeat since he was beaten by Michael van Gerwen on night three.
  • His performance levels on the doubles against Cross were way below his recent standards. He had attempts at doubles to win 10 of the 12 legs and ended the match with a 28% checkout percentage.
  • Anderson lost early on in both of the Players Championship tournaments played last weekend. He went out in the last 64 at the hands of Jamie Lewis on Saturday and was defeated by fellow Scot Robert Thornton in the last 32 on Sunday.

PETER WRIGHT

  • Peter Wright drew 6-6 against Daryl Gurney last week and avoided elimination from the tournament by picking up two points from his last two matches but he still has plenty of work to do if he is to make the play-offs. It’s a huge night for him with this match followed by a clash against Raymond van Barneveld later in the evening.
  • Although Wright is unbeaten in his last two matches he is sill without a win in seven Premier League matches – a run stretching back to night two when he defeated Van Gerwen.
  • He has averaged over 98.5 in each of his last two Premier League matches which is a big improvement from his previous three matches where he had a combined average of under 88.

THE PREDICTION

If this match is anything like their earlier meeting in this season’s Premier League then we are in for a classic. The match in question finished 6-6 with Anderson recovering from 6-3 down to snatch a point in a high-quality contest where both players averaged approximately 105. They have met since then, with Anderson winning 6-0 in the final of a Players Championship tournament in March.

Anderson has had much the better of their previous meetings having tasted defeat in only three of their last 18 encounters, though Wright did enjoy a famous win over his Scottish rival at the Grand Slam of Darts last November.

Although Wright has improved in recent weeks from his shocking run of three 7-1 defeats on the trot, he still doesn’t look like the same player who performed so well when they drew 6-6 on night four. Anderson will be keen to bounce back from defeat last week; he raises his game when a match has an extra edge attached to it and there is some rivalry attached to this fixture. It’s a match which could go all the way to the final leg with Anderson nipping in to take the two points.