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Premier League Darts Night Five tips: Michael Van Gerwen streak to end with Luke Humphries clash

All roads lead to Devon as the darting roadshow arrives at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter on Thursday night (1900 GMT) and Michael Van Gerwen will be looking to continue his winning streak.

Van Gerwen will face the biggest test of his winning streak as he faces world champion Luke Humphries in the opening quarter-final of the night.

The world number one came close to beating the Dutchman in Glasgow, with that one going to a deciding leg.

Meanwhile, teenage sensation Luke Littler will tackle his night one conqueror, Michael Smith, and Gerwyn Price will take on Rob Cross in a battle of former world champions.

Peter Wright will be looking to get his first points on the board as he takes on last week's beaten finalist, Nathan Aspinall.

 

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Night Five quarter-finals (1900 GMT)

Luke Humphries vs Michael Van Gerwen

Nathan Aspinall vs Peter Wright

Gerwyn Price vs Rob Cross

Luke Littler vs Michael Smith

 

Many darts fans across the country will have been egging on Aspinall in last week's final as seven-time Premier League champion Van Gerwen won his third consecutive night. 

Understandably Van Gerwen is the favourite for the night win, but he will face Humphries in the quarter-final, who came close to beating him in the final at Glasgow and Cool Hand Luke outscored the Green Machine in that one, with his three-dart average of 101.4 dwarfing the Dutchman's 93.9. 

Van Gerwen was let off the hook on numerous occasions last week, most notably in the final, with Aspinall having a dart at double 16 to take the match to a deciding leg, but the 32-year-old missed it. 

Humphries will be looking to get his first night win of the tournament and we expect him to get it here, with the quarter-final draw being the main challenge for the world champion as the semi-final would be a clash with one of the bottom two, Wright or Aspinall.

Aspinall impressed last time out in Newcastle and will fancy himself to get some more points on the board against an out-of-sorts Peter Wright, who showed some signs of improvement last time out. 

On the other side of the draw is 17-year-old sensation Luke Littler and when he's not opening FIFA packs for audience members, he's banging 180s in for fun, with his tally of 28 for the tournament only being bettered by league leader Van Gerwen.

He faces Smith in his quarter-final, who went all the way on night one, but has only won one match out of the four he's played in the competition since then. 

While Bully Boy may have beaten The Nuke on the way to winning night one, the teenager has won three of his four quarter-finals in this year's Premier League and looks a good bet to add at least one more win to his competition total.

The final quarter-final sees mid-table men Gerwyn Price and Rob Cross clash, both have had solid starts, but they have failed to set the competition alight yet. 

The winner of this one will take on Littler and both are on the wrong side of head-to-heads with the teenager, so the stars could be aligning for a rerun of the World Championship final on night five.

 

Suggested bets

Luke Humphries to win the night

Luke Humphries & Luke Littler Night 5 finalists

 

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