Premier League Week 2 – Football & Racing News – Star Sports

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2024 Premier League. This week, the 4-month road-show makes its only stop in Germany, the same nation that supposedly bought the majority of the tickets for the World Darts Championship.

The Masters has proved an interesting flashpoint for many of the players going into tonight and should provide an updated formbook accordingly.

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Luke Humphries



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Luke Littler



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Michael van Gerwen



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Gerwyn Price



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Michael Smith



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Rob Cross



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Nathan Aspinall



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Peter Wright




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Nathan Aspinall



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Michael van Gerwen

After a quiet 88 average and 6-4 defeat to Price in the first round last week in Cardiff, The Asp went to The Masters with no expectations from my perspective.

Although his numbers were nothing to shout about, he admirably made it to the semi-final by beating van Duijvenbode and Gurney before succumbing to eventual winner Bunting while averaging 91.34.

As he’s said publicly, his game isn’t there right now and it’s probably the worst time to be in a Premier League campaign for him. I’ll be shocked if he makes it past the semi-final in any of the next four Premier League weeks, but he could be one to keep on the right side of after that timeframe.

Michael van Gerwen on the other hand made it to the final of the Masters and averaged 98.27 in defeat to the Bullet. All four of his averages at the weekend were above anything Aspinall has produced since mid-January in Bahrain 6 matches ago. He should take all the beating and is a heavy favourite accordingly.




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Michael Smith



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Gerwyn Price

A replay of last week’s final when Price was sent off a general 8/11 favourite to claim glory on home turf in Cardiff, before he flattered to deceive and averaged 90.92 in defeat, 10 below his previous two matches.

He pulled out of The Masters for ambiguous family reasons so best wishes are of course with him at this time.

It’s expected that he spent the weekend playing much less darts compared to Michael Smith who exited The Masters at the first stage with a 95.31 average to Van den Bergh.

The two players are priced up the same as the aforementioned final of last week, and with uncertainty around Price’s regime lately, I’m more than happy to take Michael Smith at


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to win this match. He’s been slowly showing more signs of life lately and this Premier League campaign and season as a whole looks to be much more straightforward without the obligations of being a current World Champion.




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Luke Littler



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Rob Cross

Luke Littler’s 6-5 defeat at the hands of Michael Smith in last week’s semi-final was very similar to the loss he suffered to van Gerwen in Holland the week prior.

He posted a 105.31 average against Smith which was 7 higher than the Bully Boy and although they were closely matched throughout, it was the one who started on the darts that won the match as Smith closed it out with a 6/12 checkout rate compared to Luke’s 5/12.

Luke The Nuke’s average was the highest digit of the night by far and one that would win the heavy majority of matches in the Premier League. Therefore, I’m inclined to effectively write off the red ‘L’ next to his name for that effort.

He’s been treated to a rare moment of rest at the weekend which can only be a benefit to his hectic schedule and if he plays anywhere near last week’s level tonight he should extremely difficult to beat not only against Cross but also versus the field. I’m taking him to win Night 2 at


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Luke Humphries



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Peter Wright

There’s not much insight to add on this one unfortunately and Humphries is an understandable heavy favourite. Peter Wright looks to be going in all the wrong directions in recent months and although he scraped past a Ratajski in the first round at The Masters, he soon came back to Earth with an 83.3 average against Bunting without a single maximum.

Luke Humphries surely won’t be troubled here and will be the last leg of my Star Boosted treble of van Gerwen, Littler, and Humphries to all win their first round matchups at


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Author: Eugene Morris