2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Five Match Previews
Michael Smith v Rob Cross
Tip – Rob Cross to win 7/52.40+1401.401.40-0.71
A potential cracker to start the evening. Cross has performed well so far with five points from his four games. His only bad performance was against MVG which is forgivable.
Smith has taken a while to get going this year with just three points on the board. There were definite signs of improvement at Minehead where he reached the semi-final before defeat against this weeks opponent.
Voltage won both encounters 7-5 last season and could edge home in similar fashion again.
Daryl Gurney v James Wade
The Machine has been solid so far, the highlight being a win over a below-par MVG in Exeter. Gurney has two wins on the board but hasn’t looked at his best yet.
Both will be disappointed with their early exits at the UK Open in Minehead and will be eager to get back to winning ways here.
Wade is the more dependable of the duo, but I think we can swerve this one.
Mensur Suljovic v Gerwyn Price
Tip – Gerwyn Price to win 27/202.35+1351.351.35-0.74
Price has solid claims to be the most in-form player on the circuit at the moment. Back-to-back wins on the Pro-Tour saw him head to the UK Open as many punters tip. He had another solid weekend with three 100+ averages on the way to the semi-final. Sadly, he put in a middling performance here, succumbing to eventual surprise winner Nathan Aspinall.
The Iceman has the only remaining unbeaten record in the Unibet Premier League, though three draws should make punters cautious. Mensur has also played well and didn’t do much wrong in an early defeat to Dmitri Van den Bergh in Minehead. Price just seems to be playing at a higher level currently.
Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
Giving Barney a wild-card looks increasingly like a mistake by Sky Sports. He has brought little to the tournament so far other than a good walk-on. His fans would have hoped for a good run at Minehead to increase his confidence, but he performed poorly. A defeat to Simon Stevenson in the Last 64 sees the Dutchman drop to 33 in the world rankings. This raises the possibility that he may not even make the World Championship at the Ally Pally in December.
Snakebite has been utterly inconsistent this season this year but should prevail here. He won’t be carrying any of my money at 3/41.75-1330.75-1.330.75 though.
Michael van Gerwen v John Henderson
Tip – John Henderson +3.5 legs on handicap 33/252.32+1321.321.32-0.76
Henderson is a curious pick for special guest. The other selections are seven up-and-coming players in their twenties, plus BDO Champion Glen Durrant.
Henderson, by contrast, is in his forties and has never threatened to win anything. He is a very good darts player though, but with big stamina issues. This format of a 20-minute match is probably ideal. He has been known to start games well before fading as he is seriously unfit. A 5/23.50+2502.502.50-0.40 leg head-start at 33/252.32+1321.321.32-0.76 seems achievable. He must win four legs before MVG gets to seven.
Despite leading the table, MVG has been lacklustre so far. More disappointment followed in Minehead with an early 6-10 defeat to journeyman Mervyn King.
The Highlander will have the full backing of the crowd and can get to four legs if the occasion doesn’t get to him.
2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Five Tips
Rob Cross to beat Michael Smith 7/52.40+1401.401.40-0.71
Gerwyn Price to beat Mensur Suljovic 27/202.35+1351.351.35-0.74
John Henderson +3.5 legs to beat Michael van Gerwyn 33/252.32+1321.321.32-0.76
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