Defending Premier League champion Glen Durrant had his elimination confirmed from this season’s tournament on Tuesday after falling to a seventh successive defeat against Jose de Sousa (9/1 – Premier League Outright).
Durrant won eight of his 16 matches in last season’s Premier League, drawing five and losing just three times.
The 50-year-old, who hails from Middlesbrough, hasn’t been able to reach those levels this term and Tuesday’s 7-4 loss to De Sousa confirmed his elimination from the competition.
He still has two matches left to play before the campaign reaches Judgement Night, squaring off against Peter Wright on Wednesday (Match betting – Peter Wright 2/7, draw 11/2, Glen Durrant 13/2) before meeting Rob Cross on Thursday.
Cross sits ninth in the standings and is also in serious danger of elimination if he fails to pick up results over the next two days.
The Englishman has won just two of his seven matches as he gears up to meet second-placed Nathan Aspinall on Wednesday (Match betting – Rob Cross 19/10, draw 10/3, Nathan Aspinall 21/20).
Dimitri Van den Bergh beat Cross on Tuesday to claim his fourth victory of the campaign and he currently tops the standings.
‘The DreamMaker’ is seeking a third successive win when he goes up against Gary Anderson in Milton Keynes (Match betting – Gary Anderson 2/1, draw 10/3 Dimitri Van den Bergh EVS).
Meanwhile, five-time winner Michael van Gerwen, who is third in the table, is set to be tested by De Sousa (Match betting – Michael van Gerwen 10/11, draw 10/3, Jose de Sousa 9/4).
The Portuguese is on a three-match winning streak, which includes a victory over Van den Bergh, as he continues to impress during his maiden Premier League campaign.
James Wade and Jonny Clayton complete Wednesday’s programme of fixtures (Match betting – James Wade 17/10, draw 16/5, Jonny Clayton 6/5) with the former sitting one place and one point better off in the standings.
After failing to win any of his first three matches, Wade has won three of the last four, while Aspinall’s form is heading in the opposite direction, coming out on top in just one of his last four.