Peter Wright is in no doubt that he will lift the Premier League title on Thursday night, insisting that he is the rightful favourite and has known since the tournament began he would claim the trophy, as long as he made the final four.
Snakebite has indeed made the Play-Offs, alongside Glen Durrant, Gary Anderson and Nathan Aspinall in a line-up few would have predicted.
World number one Michael van Gerwen missed out for the first time since his Premier League debut in 2013, while world number two Gerwyn Price is still searching for his first top four finish in the league phase.
The world champion is favourite with the bookmakers to see off his three remaining competitors and he feels that is justified and will not letting big opportunities slip through his fingers again like he has done before.
‘The form I’m in I think I should be favourite, to be fair,’ said Wright.
‘I said from the start “if I qualify I’ll win it”. I said the same about reaching the World Championship final.
‘I’ve made mistakes in the past in these big finals but I showed in the World Championship final I’ve learned from my mistakes, so I won’t be missing seven darts for the title this time!’
Wright has never won the Premier League title before but came incredibly close in 2017 when he lost a last leg decider to Michael van Gerwen and was downed 11-10.
In the penultimate leg Wright missed six match darts to lift the trophy in a heartbreaking defeat.
Hoping to break the world champ’s heart early on Thursday is semi-final opponent Nathan Aspinall who is debuting in the event this year.
The Asp is not too pleased about Snakebite’s bold claims and is out to make him look foolish in Coventry.
‘He thinks he’s won this without even throwing a dart,’ said the former UK Open champion.
‘I’ve seen interviews saying he’s going to win it, he’s happy that Van Gerwen and Gezzy, the two best players, aren’t in it.
‘He thinks he’s won it but he’s got to beat us first and I’m there to fight and prove him wrong.
‘He knows me well, Peter, and he knows he shouldn’t be doing stuff like that because it only brings the more determined Nathan out. I’m there to shoot him down.’
The other semi-final sees Durrant take on Anderson with the winner of the event walking away with the huge top prize of £250,000.
Durrant, who is also debuting in the event this year is confident of causing an upset.
‘I’m here to win it and I feel really good,’ said the three-time world champ. ‘This is the biggest night of my darting life now.
‘According to the bookies I’m the underdog, which you can probably understand given I’m the only one of the four not to have won a TV title in the PDC.
‘I’ve worked a lot mentally to get back to basics. I’ve been working on my throw to get it back to where it was around a month ago during the Premier League at Milton Keynes.
‘This could be the biggest night of my career. To be a Premier League champion would be something pretty special.’
The Play-Offs begin at 7pm at the Ricoh Arena on Thursday.
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