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World Champion Michael Smith meets Nathan Aspinall in the second match of Night 5 in the Premier League. It’s a battle of second vs fourth as both players will be looking to solidify their positions inside the top four.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael Smith – Match Predictions
Heading into their duel on Night 5, both Aspinall and Smith will be hoping to do their best and increase their odds of making the playoffs. So, let’s take a closer look at our favourite Aspinall vs Smith betting predictions:
Prediction 1: Over 5.5 180s
This matchup should be dominated by heavy scoring between two of the most prolific scorers on the PDC Tour. Aspinall currently has hit 25 180s in this year’s Premier League with Smith just behind on 19. When in their grooves the 180s can flow, and we think betting that more than 5.5 will be hit could be one of the best bets of the match.
Prediction 2: Michael Smith to Win
Despite losing their last meeting, Michael Smith will be confident of victory here. In the form of his life, Smith will be hoping he can add the Premier League title to the recent majors he has won. Smith has a poor recent record against Aspinall and will be hopeful of turning that around here.
Aspinall and Smith Latest Form and Performances
It’s been whirlwind few months for Michael Smith. This last time last year many pundits were scratching their heads wondering whether Smith would finally fulfil his talent and make his major breakthrough. Fast forward twelve months, and Smith heads down to Exeter as the current World and Grand Slam champion.
Nathan Aspinall certainly won’t make things easy and the man from Nottingham has had a solid start to this year’s Premier League. Away from the Premier League, Aspinall has struggled so he will be hoping a return to a format he clearly enjoys will help him rediscover his best darts.
Aspinall Looking for a Playoff Spot
Ranked tenth in the world, many thought that Aspinall would be one of the big names to miss out on this year’s Premier League line-up. Instead he snuck into the final eight players and has so far made the most of his opportunity. He has made the semi-finals in all but one event so far in this season’s Premier League and he will be wanting to bounce back following a poor showing last week.
Currently sitting fourth in the table, Aspinall reached the final back on Night 2 and has reached the semi finals twice. Night 4 was the first hiccup that The Asp has experienced when he lost his opening match to Jonny Clayton. He will be hopeful of bouncing back here.
Can Smith Win Premier League After Becoming World Champion?
Michael Smith heads to Exeter ranked as the best player in the world and will be confident of another successful night. After having tasted success on the biggest stage of them all, Smith is clearly wanting more and heads to Exeter placed second in the Premier League table.
A winner of Night 3, Smith was blown away in the week 4 semi finals by Gerwyn Price and he will be desperate to prove that was just a blip. He will want to lay down a marker to the rest of his rivals and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he were to go all the way in Night 5.
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael Smith: Head to Head
Despite Smith heading into the contest as the best player in the world, he has a poor record against Aspinall and has lost five of his last six meetings against the man from Nottingham. So, let’s check out their latest h2h duels in more detail:
- 09.02.2023. PL: Aspinall 6 – Smith 4
- 20.11.2022. GS: Aspinall 5 – Smith 16
- 05.10.2022. GP: Aspinall 2 – Smith 1
- 29.08.2020. PL: Aspinall 8 – Smith 6
- 27.08.2020. PL: Aspinall 7 – Smith 5
Match Details and FAQs
When will the match begin? The match will begin at 19:50 GMT on Thursday, March 2nd.
Where will the match be played? The match will be played at Westpoint Arena in Exeter.
Where can I watch the match? You can watch the match live via Sky Sports and PDC TV.