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This is the second semi-final match of the 2023 Premier League Finals Night at the O2 in London on Thursday. It’s a mouthwatering, heavyweight duel between Michael Smith and reigning champion Michael van Gerwen.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Michael Smith vs Michael van Gerwen – Match Predictions
- 1 Michael Smith vs Michael van Gerwen – Match Predictions
- 2 Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen Latest Form and Performances
- 3 Match Details and FAQs
The winner of this second semi-final will meet either Gerwyn Price or Jonny Clayton in the Final. It’s a fascinating showdown, and here are our match predictions for this huge clash.
Prediction 1: Michael Smith To Win @ 10/11 (1.91)
Going solely based on recent form in the Premier League, then it’s Michael Smith that gets the nod to win. He produced some scintillating form over the final few rounds to overcome a big points deficit in the standings to MVG and beat the Dutchman to second place. Bully Boy has won his last two against Van Gerwen and is the outright pick.
Prediction 2: Over 17.5 Legs @ 6/4 (2.5)
We can only imagine that this is going to be a long match. The format moves up from the best of 11 legs to the best of 19. That gives plenty of room for swings and roundabouts in this match. They are evenly matched on paper and Van Gerwen, despite a dip in form, isn’t going to surrender his Premier League crown lightly.
Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen Latest Form and Performances
Ahead of Thursday night’s big headline semi-final match, we have a look at the recent all-important form of both Smith and Van Gerwen.
Bully Boy Pounds Out The Results
After coming under a little pressure in the race for a top-four finish, Michael Smith rose to the occasion. He won Nights 13, 14 and 15 in a spectacular run of darts form to beat Van Gerwen to second place. That form is hard to ignore and there’s been good performances by Smith on the European Tour as well mixed in there recently. Smith though hasn’t played since the last round of the Premier League
Reigning champ to bring the heat?
Michael van Gerwen is a six-time Premier League champion. He knows what Final Night is all about. Van Gerwen had a huge lead at the top of the regular season standings at the close of Night 6. But his form dropped drastically across the second half of the season, reaching the final in only one of the last ten rounds. He pulled out of last week’s semi-final match in Aberdeen due to an injury but played on the weekend in a couple of Players Championship events where he went W3 L2.
Michael Smith vs Michael van Gerwen Head to Head
The two players have met four times in this season’s Premier League. Van Gerwen won the first two meetings, but then Smith turned the tables on the Dutchman by winning the next two. Smith is 6-4 up in the last ten meetings in all competitions.
- 11.05.2023. PL: Smith 6-4 Van Gerwen
- 04.05.2023. PL: Smith 6-4 Van Gerwen
- 09.03.2023. PL: Van Gerwen 6-4 Smith
- 02.02.2023. PL: Van Gerwen 6-4 Smith
- 03.01.2023. WC: Smith 7-4 Van Gerwen
Match Details and FAQs
- When does the match start? The match starts on Thursday, 25th May at 20:10 GMT.
- What is the venue of the match? The venue of the match is the O2, London
- Where can I watch the match? All action is live via Sky Sports and PDC TV.
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