2018 Unibet Premier League Darts – Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 1st February

Where? 3Arena Dublin

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

Are tickets still available? www.ticketmaster.ie

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

THE LOWDOWN

CAREER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Peter Wright 8-1 Gerwyn Price

PETER WRIGHT

  • 2017 UK Open champion Peter Wright is competing in the Premier League for the 5th successive season since making his debut in 2014. Wright suffered a heart-breaking defeat in last year’s Premier League final when he missed six darts at a double to defeat Michael van Gerwen.
  • On the whole, 2017 was a very successful year for Peter Wright; the highlight no doubt was winning his first major TV tournament (the UK Open), and aside from that he won ten other PDC tournaments and had runs to the final in the Premier League, World Matchplay and Grand Slam.
  • Last year didn’t end well for Wright though; a couple of weeks before the World Championship started he was rushed to hospital with gallstones and although he competed at the worlds, he suffered an early exit against an inspired Jamie Lewis. 2018 hasn’t started too well for Snakebite either as last weekend at the Unibet Masters he was well beaten 10-2 in the quarter-finals by Raymond van Barneveld.

GERWYN PRICE

  • Welshman Gerwyn Price is making his Premier League debut this season. Price only joined the PDC tour in 2014 and has steadily risen up the rankings into the top 16 – he is now ranked 12th on the Order of Merit.
  • Ex-professional rugby union player Price made it through to the final at the 2017 UK Open where he was beaten by Peter Wright, and he also featured in the final at the 2017 World Cup for Wales where he partnered Mark Webster.
  • He produced one of his best TV performances in defeat against Michael van Gerwen at the recent PDC World Championship; Price fought back from two sets down to level the match, though he then missed opportunities to go ahead and was punished for those wasted chances.

THE PREDICTION

2017 Premier League runner-up Peter Wright starts his campaign against the confident and explosive Welshman Gerwyn Price. Wright has a very good head-to-head winning record against his opponent having won eight of their nine previous encounters including each of the three TV matches they have played.

There is a question mark over Wright being at his best due to his recent health issues and results in the last three PDC tournaments but he has plenty of experience and positive memories of playing against Price, and he can use this to his advantage against the Premier League newcomer.