Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld: Premier League Darts live stream - Snakebite chasing top spot
In-form Peter Wright is aiming to top the Premier League table at the conclusion of the round-robin stage when he faces the already eliminated Raymond van Barneveld in Aberdeen on Thursday.
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Wright only trails rival Michael van Gerwen by a single point heading in to this week's decisive clash, but a victory here, coupled with a defeat for the Dutchman against Gary Anderson – would see him finish at the summit of the table going into the Play-Offs.
Snakebite is absolutely buzzing with confidence at the moment and arrives in Aberdeen off the back of three straight Premier League wins, while he claimed his seventh piece of silverware this season at the European Darts Grand Prix on Sunday.Raymond Van Barneveld throws during Night Five of the Betway Premier League Darts at Westpoint Arena on March 2, 2017 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)6x5x4x3x
The world number three averaged over 100 in his commanding 7-2 success over Adrian Lewis in Sheffield last Thursday – ending Jackpot’s Play-Off hopes in the process – before recording a sensational whitewash over Van Gerwen in Sindelfingen at the weekend.
Wright set up a repeat of the previous year’s final against MVG and produced a rampant performance against the world number one. He averaged 104.86, crashed in a top finish of 161 and hit six out of eight shots at a double on the way to a stunning 6-0 victory.
The 47-year-old will be eager to build on that momentum against another Dutchman in Van Barneveld, who is out of the running for a Play-Off place and simply playing for pride in Aberdeen.
Barney’s hopes were ended last week when he ran into an inspired Dave Chisnall, who averaged an impressive 109.36 and hit a top checkout of 142 on the way to a 7-5 success.
That was the 2014 champion’s fourth consecutive defeat in the Premier League and means that he will have to wait until next year at the very least for his next shot at a second title.
Nevertheless, the 50-year-old always enjoys great support in Scotland and, as a result, will not roll over and will be looking to treat the fans to his very best darts on Thursday.
Four of the six previous meetings between the two players in the Premier League have ended in draws, and we can expect an equally close contest in Aberdeen.
The match gets underway from around 8.45pm BST on Thursday and will be contested over the best of 12 legs at The GE Oil and Gas Arena.