Unibet PDC Home Tour – Group 5 Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

What is the Unibet PDC Home Tour? With the PDC Tour currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PDC have devised the tournament to supply some darting action to players and fans, with all matches are being streamed live from the homes of the players who are involved.

Who is taking part in the Unibet PDC Home Tour? All 128 PDC Tour Card holders were invited to take part, though there are some absences, the most notable being Michael van Gerwen due to the birth of his second child earlier this month, whilst Gary Anderson and Daryl Gurney are both missing due to internet connection problems.

What is the format of the Unibet PDC Home Tour? Each night, four players compete in a round-robin format with matches played over the best-of-nine legs, with the 32 group winners qualifying for the second stage of the event.

When is the Unibet PDC Home Tour Group 5 taking place? Tuesday 21st April, 2020 – 19:30 start (UK)

Where can I watch the Unibet PDC Home Tour? All PDC Home Tour action will be broadcast live on PDCTV for FREE to ALL registered PDCTV users, regardless of whether you have a paid or free membership.

THE PLAYERS

LUKE HUMPHRIES

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Last 16 x1
Last 32 x3

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 96.94
180s – 52 (0.30 per leg)

H2H
vs Devon Petersen
W2, L1
Last meeting: Luke Humphries 4-2 Devon Petersen (Apr 2020 – PDC Darts at Home)

vs Joe Murnan
N/A

vs Nick Kenny
N/A

PROSPECTS
The 2019 PDC World Youth Champion became the first ‘challenger’ to win a Premier League match when he defeated Gary Anderson in March and back-to-back World Championship quarter-final appearances really prove his calibre. I’m expecting Humphries to be fighting it out with Devon Petersen for top spot in the group.

DEVON PETERSEN

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Semi-final x1
Last 16 x1

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 98.38
180s – 59 (0.38 per leg)

H2H
vs Luke Humphries
W1, L2
Last meeting: Luke Humphries 4-2 Devon Petersen (Apr 2020 – PDC Darts at Home)

vs Joe Murnan
W0, L2
Last meeting: Joe Murnan 6-3 Devon Petersen (Oct 2015 – Players Championship)

vs Nick Kenny
N/A

PROSPECTS
Devon Petersen was arguably producing his best ever standard of play on the PDC Tour in the early months of 2020 with a string of high averages on the Players Championship circuit. The South African star has a good chance of topping this section.

JOE MURNAN

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Last 16 x1
Last 32 x1

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 90.71
180s – 32 (0.23 per leg)

H2H
vs Luke Humphries
N/A

vs Devon Petersen
W2, L0
Last meeting: Joe Murnan 6-3 Devon Petersen (Oct 2015 – Players Championship)

vs Nick Kenny
N/A

PROSPECTS
Murnan is the only player in the group who has a PDC ProTour title to his name but that success did come all the way back in 2015 and he hasn’t come close to replicating the achievement. Still, a win against Nathan Aspinall on the circuit in 2020 shows he is still a threat.

NICK KENNY

2020/21 SEASON SO FAR
Best Results in PDC Ranking Tournaments
Last 16 x2
Last 64 x2

Stats in PDC Players Championship tournaments
Average – 91.32
180s – 45 (0.34 per leg)

H2H
vs Luke Humphries
N/A

vs Devon Petersen
N/A

vs Joe Murnan
N/A

PROSPECTS
Nick Kenny made the switch from the BDO at the start of 2020 and won his PDC Tour Card on the final day of Q School. He’s a better player than his ranking suggests and his chances can’t be discounted easily.

THREE PICKS FROM 3 DART ANALYST

Devon Petersen to score the most 180s vs Joe Murnan

Devon Petersen’s improvement in 2020 has led to an excellent 180 hitting ratio and he is capable of outscoring Murnan on the maximum count in this game.

Over 7.5 legs – Luke Humphries vs Devon Petersen

This is an exciting looking clash which could well be the crucial match that decides who tops the group. It’s got the potential to be a close affair.

Devon Petersen to win the group

The good form of Petersen in 2020 has already been touched on in this article and I think he looks to be decent value to top the section.

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