James Wade picked up a huge win over Michael van Gerwen last week (Picture: Getty Images)After the drama of the UK Open over the weekend, the Premier League returns on Thursday night at the BHGE Arena in Aberdeen.
After Michael van Gerwen’s shock defeat to James Wade last week the table seems a lot more open, with the top seven separated by just two points.
Scottish hero Gary Anderson may have withdrawn from the tournament this year, but there will be plenty for the Aberdeen crowd to cheer, with local star John Henderson involved as this week’s ‘contender’.
‘Highlander’ has the task of handling Van Gerwen, who will be out to make amends after a very disappointing week on the oche.
Van Gerwen is under a bit of pressure in Aberdeen (Picture: Getty Images)Premier League Week Five fixtures
Michael Smith vs Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney vs James Wade
Mensur Suljovic vs Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs John Henderson
Here’s how the Premier League Table shapes up after Night Four at the @WestpointExeter…
Michael van Gerwen’s first defeat, but he remains top of the table!#Unibet180 pic.twitter.com/t4UUWCf2Pb
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) February 28, 2019
What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)
6/4 Smith vs Cross 7/5 (Draw 10/3)7/5 Gurney vs Wade 6/4 (Draw 10/3)13/8 SUljovic vs Price 13/10 (Draw 10/3)11/4 Van Barneveld vs Wright 8/11 (Draw 7/2)1/5 Van Gerwen vs Henderson 9/1 (Draw 15/2)
Meet ‘Big’ John Henderson
John Henderson makes his Premier League debut on Thursday (Picture: PA)Sometimes known as ‘Highlander’ and sometimes known simply as ‘Big John’ the Premier League welcomes John Henderson as the latest ‘contender’ this week.
The 45-year-old got his spot thanks to being from Aberdeenshire, so he’ll have the crowd firmly behind him at the BHGE Arena.
The Scot is number 21 in the world following last weekend’s UK Open, where he lost in the fourth round to Michael Smith.
Henderson won a number of tournaments back in his BDO days, including the British, Belgian and German Opens, but he has never managed to win a PDC title.
His finest achievement in the PDC came at the 2017 World Grand Prix, where he beat Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld en route to the semi-finals where he fell to eventual champion Daryl Gurney.
Henderson said of his call-up: ‘I must admit it was a great surprise when I got the call to play in the Premier League, but it’s always been a dream of mine since joining the PDC.
‘I’m playing against the best player in the world, so I’ve got nothing to lose and I’m going to go up there and enjoy it.’
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