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Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall: Premier League 2017 preview - Snakebite and Chizzy collide

Wright and Chisnall shake hands (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

Peter Wright will be aiming to maintain his lead at the top of the 2017 Premier League table when he faces Dave Chisnall in week seven at the Ahoy in Rotterdam on Thursday.

The recently crowned UK Open champion Wright continued his rich vein of form with a 7-5 victory over James Wade in Glasgow last Thursday, while Chisnall is looking to bounce back after going down 7-3 against an inspired Gary Anderson at the SSE Hydro.

Snakebite made it back-to-back wins in the Premier League to move a point clear at the summit of the table, as he survived a fierce fightback from Wade before eventually securing the two points.

The world number three hit a top checkout of 115 as he raced into a commanding 5-1 lead and, despite the Machine clawing his way back by winning four of the next five legs to only trail 6-5, Wright took out double 16 in the decider to seal the deal.

He may have suffered early exits in both Players Championship events over the weekend, but that will not have deterred the confidence of the 47-year-old, who is really staking his claim to break into the same bracket as Michael van Gerwen and Anderson before too long.

Meanwhile, Chisnall will be out to avenge his 10-5 defeat by Wright in the Last 32 of the UK Open earlier this month, and could climb into the top four with a win here.

Having won both of his matches in week five, Chizzy was unlucky to run into a red-hot Anderson in front of his home crowd last time out.

The St Helens thrower quickly found himself 5-0 behind against the Flying Scotsman and, although he showed good character to reduce the deficit to 5-3, eventually succumbed to a commanding 7-3 reverse.

Nevertheless, the 2015 semi-finalist will be raring to go again this week and, having a played a game more than the rest of the field, must get points on the board as he looks to move away from the threat of relegation on Judgement Night.

The second match of week seven in the Premier League gets underway at around 8pm GMT on Thursday, and will be contested over the best of 12 legs at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam.


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Peter Wright v Dave Chisnall: Premier League 2017 preview - Snakebite and Chizzy collide

Peter Wright will be aiming to maintain his lead at the top of the 2017 Premier League table when he faces Dave Chisnall in week seven at the Ahoy in Rotterdam on Thursday.

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