The Exeter leg of the Unibet Premier League kicks off one of the more enjoyable darting weekends of the year. All the players, and indeed many of the fans, will be making the short trip north to Minehead on Friday morning. The UK Open will take place in the Butlins resort over the weekend. This will be the first TV Major of the calendar year and is always one of the more interesting tournaments.
Unfortunately, both events were hit by the snowmageddon weather last year. Firstly the Premier League games were postponed due to a Met Office Red Warning. The UK Open went ahead but sadly no fans were allowed in the venue and it was a subdued affair. It’s hard to believe 12 months on as we bask in an unusually warm February.
2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Four Match Previews
Luke Humphries v Gerwyn Price
Price will be content with his unbeaten start, gaining a win and two draws in his first three games. He added a win in the fifth PDC Pro-Tour Players Championship tournament at Barnsley on Saturday. This included a stonking 109 average in the final. Just for good measure, he followed up with a win in the sixth Pro-Tour event on Sunday. Back-to-back wins in these 128 player events is a rare achievement.
Humphries had a great time on his World Championship debut reaching the quarter-finals. It was no fluke as Stephen Bunting, Dimitri Van den Bergh and Rob Cross were among his victims. The £50K prize money is a great starter for a young man setting out on his career.
He hasn’t really kicked on so far this year and has struggled in the PDC Pro-Tour events he has contested. At 91/1001.91-1100.91-1.100.91 the Welshman looks the bet here.
Daryl Gurney v Rob Cross
Neither player has convinced so far, though Gurney does currently occupy second place after the fixture list threw him a nice opening trio of games.
Cross was particularly disappointing against MVG last week. He had two darts at Double 8 to break the Dutchman in the first leg. He missed both darts and the head dropped completely. The next five legs went to MVG without the Green Machine needing to play well.
Gurney continues to drift in and out of games but at least appears to enjoy the format. He gets a cautious vote at 9/52.80+1801.801.80-0.56 in a game in which all three results are plausible.
Mensur Suljovic v Peter Wright
The Austrian frustrated us last week as he raced into a 5-2 lead against the weak RVB. Just as the winnings were being counted he blew up and allowed the Dutchman back in for a 6-6 draw.
Snakebite continues to veer between the sublime and the ridiculous. Suljovic looks a more solid selection at 8/52.60+1601.601.60-0.63.
Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
MVG has started off with three wins and is already building up a lead at the top of the table. This is despite not yet quite reaching his best.
Wade has performed much as expected, solid and consistent but quite limited.
He has lost 16 of his last 17 against MVG and won’t be improving that record here. This is one to watch and just enjoy the MVG show.
Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld
Barney has been gifted draws by Price and Suljovic, despite a low average of 90 in both these games. Smith has just one draw from his three outings and is in danger of having his semi-final hopes put in jeopardy even at this early stage. Bully Boy should get his first win here but is not backable at the moment.
2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Four Tips
Gerwyn Price to beat Luke Humphries 91/1001.91-1100.91-1.100.91
Daryl Gurney to beat Rob Cross 9/52.80+1801.801.80-0.56
Mensur Suljovic to beat Peter Wright 8/52.60+1601.601.60-0.63
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