After 15 nights of top tungsten action, it all comes down to night 16 in the Unibet Premier League.
Night 15 saw results that gave us no answers as to who will join Glen Durrant at The O2 for finals night. Now, there is no second chances.
- two players fight over the league leaders spot
- five players compete for three Play-Off places
- positions one to seven still not yet decided
Durrant and Anderson lead the way
Despite only winning two of six games in the second phase, Glen Durrant still remains top of the Premier League. He will become the third player to win the league phase and win an extra £25,000 if either:
- he avoids defeat to Nathan Aspinall
- Gary Anderson fails to win his game against Gerwyn Price
- Gary Anderson does not win 8-2 or better against Gerwyn Price
- Gary Anderson wins 8-2 or better and Durrant wins at least three legs against Nathan Aspinall
Anderson will win the league if either:
- he beats Gerwyn Price 8-2 and Glen Durrant loses 8-0 to Nathan Aspinall
- he beats Gerwyn Price 8-1 and Glen Durrant loses 8-1 or worse to Nathan Aspinall
- he beats Gerwyn Price 8-0 and Glen Durrant loses 8-2 or worse to Nathan Aspinall
He would win the league on either leg difference or legs won against the throw. Anderson though still has not yet qualified for the Play-Offs. He will do if either:
- he avoids defeat to Gerwyn Price
- he loses to Gerwyn Price and one of Nathan Aspinall or Michael van Gerwen do not win
- he loses to Gerwyn Price and both Nathan Aspinall and Michael van Gerwen win, but Peter Wright loses to Michael Smith
If Peter Wright avoids defeat, Nathan Aspinall and Michael van Gerwen will need to overtake Anderson’s leg difference to see him drop out of the top four. The minimum leg difference he would have is +9, meaning Aspinall would need to win by five legs against Glen Durrant, and MvG beat Daryl Gurney 8-0. If Anderson gets beaten more heavily, his leg difference comes down, giving more breathing space to The Asp and the defending Premier League champion.
Wright, Aspinall, MvG and Price fight for remaining places
The World Champion Peter Wright is in third, and can qualify for the Play-Offs if:
- he avoids defeat to Michael Smith
- he loses to Michael Smith, but one of Nathan Aspinall or Michael van Gerwen do not win
This is because Wright’s leg difference is vastly superior to Aspinall or van Gerwen, that even losing 8-0 against Smith will see him in the top four if The Asp or The Green Machine do not win their matches.
Nathan Aspinall can qualify for the Play-Offs if either:
- he beats Glen Durrant by 8-3 or better
- he beats Glen Durrant and Peter Wright does not win v Michael Smith
- he beats Glen Durrant, Michael van Gerwen beats Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright avoids defeat against Michael Smith, but Gary Anderson loses to Gerwyn Price and Aspinall betters the leg difference against Anderson
- Peter Wright and Gary Anderson avoid defeat, Michael van Gerwen beats Daryl Gurney, but he concedes three or less legs to Glen Durrant than van Gerwen does to beat Gurney
- he draws with Glen Durrant and Michael van Gerwen does not win against Daryl Gurney
- he loses to Glen Durrant by three legs less than Michael van Gerwen loses to Daryl Gurney, and Gerwyn Price does not win against Gary Anderson
Aspinall can qualify with an 8-3 win because he will have won more legs against the throw than Michael van Gerwen. The world number one is in fifth, but will qualify for finals night if either:
- he beats Daryl Gurney and Nathan Aspinall does not win against Glen Durrant
- he beats Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright loses to Michael Smith
- he beats Daryl Gurney, Nathan Aspinall beats Glen Durrant, Peter Wright avoids defeat Michael Smith, but Gary Anderson loses to Gerwyn Price and van Gerwen betters the leg difference against Anderson
- Peter Wright and Gary Anderson avoid defeat, Nathan Aspinall beats Glen Durrant, but he beats Daryl Gurney by four more legs than Aspinall beats Durrant
- he draws to Daryl Gurney and Nathan Aspinall loses to Glen Durrant
- he loses to Daryl Gurney by four legs less than Nathan Aspinall loses to Glen Durrant, and Gerwyn Price does not win against Gary Anderson
Sixth placed Gerwyn Price can only finish fourth, and can only get to 17 points. That would be the lowest total to get a player to Finals Night since 2013.
Price will only make the Play-Offs if:
- he beats Gary Anderson and both Nathan Aspinall and Michael van Gerwen lose
Michael Smith will more than likely in seventh place. However, he can still finish sixth if:
- he beats Peter Wright 8-0 and Gerwyn Price loses to Gary Anderson 8-0
Daryl Gurney is the only player who’s position is secure. He is in eighth and will remain there regardless of results this evening.
Saturday September 5 19.00 BST
Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright v Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall v Glen Durrant
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