- What: 2023 Cazoo Premier League Darts Week 2
- Date: February 9, 2023
- Location: Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff, Wales
- How to Watch: DAZN
Chris Dobey won Night One of the 2023 Cazoo Premier League. Dobey, who entered the eight-man season with the longest odds to emerge as the winner (+2200), took down the defending champion Michael van Gerwen by a score of 6-5 in the Finals. Dobey triumphed over Peter Wright in the opening round and then topped Nathan Aspinall in the Semi-Finals. With Week 2 upon us, Dobey looks to keep his momentum going as he faces Gerwyn Price in the Quarter-Finals of this week’s event, which takes place at Cardiff International Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
Here are the first-round matches for Night Two of the 2023 Premier League:
Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall v Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price v Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen v Dimitri Van den Bergh
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Chris Dobey vs. Gerwyn Price picks
On Night One of the 2023 Premier League, Chris Dobey served notice that despite long odds and a single career victory in a non-ranked televised event, the 2023 Masters, he is not a player to be taken lightly. Dobey won the Night One final, beating Michael van Gerwen 6-5. He starts Night Two of the 2023 Premier League against Gerwyn Price, who failed to get out of the Quarter-Finals on Night One, losing to Nathan Aspinall by a score of 6-4.
The best bet for this matchup is to pick Chris Dobey to beat Gerwyn Price.
Michael Smith vs. Jonny Clayton
The No. 1 player in the world, Michael Smith, had possibly the toughest draw of Night One when he matched up against Michael van Gerwen in the Quarter-Finals. Van Gerwen triumphed in that game, beating Smith 6-3 and then moving on to the Finals, where he fell to Chris Dobey.
Now, one could say there are no “easy” draws during the Premier League schedule — and that would be correct — but things won’t be as challenging for Smith on Night Two when he matches up against Jonny Clayton in the Quarter-Finals. Like Smith, Clayton lost his Night One Quarter-Finals matchup, falling to Dimitri Van den Bergh 6-2.
The best bet here is to pick Michael Smith to beat Jonny Clayton.
Nathan Aspinall vs. Peter Wright
In this matchup, we have the No. 9 player in the world, Nathan Aspinall, facing the No. 2 player in the world, Peter Wright. Both men fell to the surprising Chris Dobey on Night One, Aspinall in the Semi-Finals and Wright in the opening round. This should be a good matchup, but I think the experience of Wright gives him the edge of Aspinall, whose last big win came at the 2019 UK Open. Wright is the 2022 PDC World Championship winner.
The best bet here is to pick Peter Wright to beat Nathan Aspinall
Michael van Gerwen vs. Dimitri Van den Bergh
|Dimitri van den Bergh||+270||+245||+236|
|Michael van Gerwen||-325||-325||-373|
Michael van Gerwen is currently the No. 3 ranked player in the world. Van Gerwen had an outstanding year in 2022, winning three-ranked televised events and one non-ranked event. He then opened 2023 with a runner-up finish to Michael Smith in the PDC World Championship. He beat Smith in Night One of the Premier League, but he could not ride the momentum of that victory to a win in the Finals, where he fell to Chris Dobey. Van Gerwen faces Dimitri Van den Bergh in the opening round of Night Two of the 2023 Premier League. Van den Bergh is the No. 11 player in the world.
This is a rematch of the Semi-Final round of Night One where Van Gerwen won 6-4. I expect the same outcome in this game, a Van Gerwen win.
The best bet in this matchup is to pick Michael van Gerwen to beat Dimitri Van den Bergh.
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