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Rob Cross

Rob Cross can be the punter’s friend again on another night of difficult games. He has been the most consistent player this season and can gain a crucial victory over Gerwyn Price.

James Wade against Peter Wright is another key match in the hunt for play-off places. The Machine can edge a tight battle.

Mensur Suljovic against Michael Smith completes a trio of tight games between players with an eye on reaching Finals Night in May.

Daryl Gurney has the short straw this week, up against Michael van Gerwen.

An interesting card concludes with the highly rated German player Max Hopp up against Raymond van Barneveld. Depending on earlier results the Dutchman might need a victory to avoid being relegated.

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Week Seven – Mercedes-Benz Arena Berlin

Thursday 21st March Sky Sports Action

Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross

James Wade v Peter Wright

Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney

Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic

Max Hopp v Raymond van Barneveld

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Seven Match Previews

Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross

Tip – Rob Cross to win +125

Voltage has had a fine campaign so far with nine points from his six games. His only bad performance so far was against MVG. He also had a decent run at the recent UK Open, reaching the final before putting up a poor effort against Nathan Aspinall. He has bounced back with wins against Michael Smith and Raymond van Barneveld, averaging 100+ in both games.

Price has had a decent year also. Seven points gained in the league so far see him nicely in the mix for a Top Four finish.

Elsewhere he achieved back-to-back wins on the Pro-Tour and reached the semi-finals at the UK Open at Minehead. His poorest performance in the league was in Nottingham last week, averaging just 92 in defeat to his old nemesis Michael van Gerwen. The Iceman had hyped himself up before that game and it will be interesting to see how his confidence is affected.

James Wade v Peter Wright

Tip – James Wade to win +160

The Machine had been going along nicely before coming off the rails in Nottingham with defeat to Mensur Suljovic. Seven points from his six games is a decent return, the highlight being a win over a below-par MVG in Exeter. His 109 average against Daryl Gurney remains the best this year and he’ll hope to return to that sort of form this week.

Snakebite still has just two wins to his name, against lowly-ranked guest player Steve Lennon and the woeful Raymond van Barneveld. His form and averages have improved recently with another 102+ against Daryl Gurney last time out in Aberdeen. However, he again failed to get the win, having to settle for one point against an inferior opponent.

Wade has a happy knack of winning the legs that matter. It’s slightly surprising that he is the outsider here.

Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney

MVG has been flat for the last month, including at the UK Open where he suffered an early defeat to Mervyn King. He still heads the Premier League with nine points but has yet to put in a great performance.

Daryl Gurney will have been thankful to scrape a draw with Peter Wright last week after 1-7 and 0-7 hidings against Rob Cross and James Wade. However, it was a barely deserved draw, with the Ulsterman averaging eight points less than Snakebite. Superchin reached the final of Players Championship Event Seven in Wigan on Saturday. Perhaps a return to form is imminent? He does have a famous win over MVG to his name, in the final of the televised Players Championship in Minehead last year, so clearly has the ability. However, his overall record of 3-18 against the Dutchman doesn’t inspire confidence.

The Green Machine appears unusually vulnerable, but it’s hard to make a case for Gurney. One to watch I think.

Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic

Tip – Mensur Suljovic to win +180

Suljovic has been particularly hard to predict this season. Some weeks he barely looks interested yet can also throw in a decent performance like last weeks victory over James Wade averaging 101+. The travel involved in the Premier League appears to be an issue. Presumably he’ll be more content this week with the shorter trip to Berlin.

Bully Boy has had a disappointing time since his run to the final at the Ally Pally. He has just two victories so far, against the whipping boy RVB and last week against substitute Nathan Aspinall who appeared to let the occasion get to him. An average of 94 in that victory is nothing to write home about. This game looks a coin-toss, yet the market is strongly behind Smith.

Max Hopp v Raymond van Barneveld

It’s been one disaster after another for Barney this year. He is winless in the Premier League and defeat in his first match at the UK Open has dropped him outside the top 32 in the world rankings. Personal problems also seem to be an issue, as reported in the tabloids over the weekend. There is some optimism to be found in his run to the final of  Players Championship Event Eight in Wigan on Sunday. Though on closer examination he had a very kind draw.

Hopp is the latest replacement for the injured Gary Anderson. The young German has been much-hyped by Sky Sports and the PDC, but in truth hasn’t done a lot in the game.

His highlight reel is relatively short. Just a win in the World Youth Championship in 2015, and a runners-up spot in the 2018 German Masters, a minor-ranking event.

He’ll have the support of the home crowd and is unlikely to be fazed by the occasion. However, the bookmakers make him marginal favourite and he doesn’t appeal at the prices on offer.

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Seven Tips

Rob Cross to beat Gerwyn Price +125

James Wade to beat Peter Wright +160

Mensur Suljovic to beat Michael Smith +180

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Gerwyn Price
james wade
Max Hopp
Mensur Suljovic
Michael Smith
michael van gerwen
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raymond van barneveld
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