Wayne Mardle: Luke Humphries, the one to beat in the Premier League Darts Play-Offs | darts news

Sky Sports Darts’ Wayne Mardle believes world champion Luke Humphries is the man to beat in the BetMGM Premier League Darts Play-Offs on Thursday. live on Sky Sports.

Humphries finished second in the final Premier League table, four points behind Luke Littler in first place and seven ahead of Michael van Gerwen in third.

The 29-year-old will now face Van Gerwen in a semi-final clash at London’s O2 stadium in a best-of-19 clash to play the winner of Littler vs Michael Smith in a best-of-21 match. -up to be crowned Premier League champion.

Although Littler won three more matches than Humphries in the regular rounds, both finished with four overnight wins overall.

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Humphries lights up the Sheffield crowd with a sensational 170 finish in Thursday’s final.

In fact, Humphries performed well when the Premier League really got going, winning on Night Six in Brighton, Night Seven in Nottingham, Night Eight in Dublin and Night 15 in Leeds, and also reaching the final on Night Three in Glasgow and Night 16 in Sheffield.

For Mardle, Humphries has been the most consistent player in the Premier League and he believes he will be the “most comfortable” on the big stage of the O2 Arena.

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Humphries hits a magnificent 142 to open a three-match lead in his Night 16 semi-final against Michael van Gerwen

“I’ve been saying it for the last few weeks, when everyone reaches their peak, he (Humphries) doesn’t get beat when he gets there,” Mardle said.

“As for the others, there are a couple of times where Gerwyn Price has shown incredible form, but he hasn’t done it in three games.

“Luke Littler has done it from time to time, Michael van Gerwen from time to time.

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Peter Wright couldn’t believe his eyes after Luke Littler hit a ridiculous 120 finish in the early stages of their Premier League clash in Sheffield.

“But Luke Humphries, to me, when he’s on, he’s not there to be hit at at all. In fact, some people haven’t approached him.

“I think Luke Humphries will be the man to beat.

“The longer format has to adapt to the best player and I do think that, at the moment, there is a debate between him and Littler.

“But, to me, he’s a little more comfortable in these massive games and he’s definitely more consistent.”

The Darts Premier League reaches its climax in the Play-Offs at London’s O2 Stadium on Thursday 23 May. Stream darts and more with a NOW Sports Month membership. No contract, cancel at any time.

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