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Michael Van Gerwen could miss out on darts Premier League semi-final

John Reid September 3, 2020
Michael Van Gerwen faces a battle for a top four Premier League place
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There is no doubting what was the biggest story when Premier League darts made its return a brief break on Wednesday night.

Current Premier League champion Michael Van Gerwen suffered an incredible 8-1 defeat to World Champions Peter Wright.

Whilst Van Gerwen hasn’t been playing well of late it was still a shock to see him beaten so heavily.

Battle to qualify for top four

The Dutchman has dominated the Premier League in recent years, but now he faces a struggle to make the top four and qualify for finals night.

As for the rest of the results on night 13, Glen Durrant consolidated top spot in the Premier League after coming from 7-3 down to earn a point in a 7-7 draw with Michael Smith.

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Gary Anderson stays in second place after defeating Daryl Gurney 8-6, and in a big game Nathan Aspinall beat Gerwyn Price 8-6 to move into third place in the standings.

Michael Van Gerwen still has hope of making the top four, after all, he is on the same number of points as fourth placed Peter Wright.

To do that though, he has to find some form very quickly, starting in Thursday night’s fixture against Premier League leader Glen Durrant.

Should Van Gerwen lose to in-form Durrant then he will be in real danger of missing out on the top four, which quickly frankly is ludicrous considering his domination of darts in recent years.

Thursday’s fixtures have plenty riding on them

In the other fixtures, Gary Anderson can all but seal a place in the top four with a win over Michael Smith, Gerwyn Price has a great chance to get back in the mix if he defeats Daryl Gurney who is all but out of the running for the top four and third meets fourth when Nathan Aspinall taken on Peter Wright.

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It promises to be another very exciting night of darts in what has been n excellent tournament so far. The decision to play matches on a back to back basis over a number of nights has been a success so far.

Hopefully next year the Premier League is back to the usual schedule of one round a week in front of thousands of adoring fans. For now though, all eyes will be on Thursday night, and Van Gerwen’s battle to stay in the tournament.

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John Reid is an experienced journalist, specialising in Scottish football for a number of years.