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James Wade

James Wade looks the best bet on a difficult night for punters. The Machine sits happily at the top of the league and should have too much for Mensur Suljovic.

Michael Smith opens proceedings against guest contender Nathan Aspinall. This is a rematch of their semi-final at Alexandra Palace in December. Smith came out on top on that occasion but recent UK Open winner Aspinall could gain revenge tonight.

Gerwyn Price will attempt to gain his first victory over Michael van Gerwen tonight after thirteen consecutive defeats.

Rob Cross has the open goal tie this week, up against the abject Raymond van Barneveld.

The night concludes with an interesting match-up between Peter Wright and Daryl Gurney, two of the more inconsistent players in this year’s league.

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Week Six – Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

Thursday 14th March Sky Sports Action

Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith

James Wade v Mensur Suljovic

Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld

Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Six Match Previews

Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith

Tip – Nathan Aspinall to win +200

Nathan Aspinall is the latest once-off recruit to replace the injured Gary Anderson. His selection was based on his impressive run at the World Championship where he reached the semi-finals, accounting for Gerwyn Price and Kyle Anderson along the way. He lost nothing in defeat in that semi-final to tonight’s opponent, averaging over 100 in a 6-3 sets defeat.

However, Aspinall dramatically improved upon that performance at the recent UK Open in Minehead. The darting world was stunned as the then World No 34 raced to the title.

The huge £100K pot has moved him inside the top 16. We will likely see him in the Premier League as a full contestant next season.

Bully Boy has had a disappointing time since his run to the final at the Ally Pally and could be in for a further setback tonight.

Mensur Suljovic

James Wade v Mensur Suljovic

Tip – James Wade to win +100

The Machine heads the table with seven points from his five games, the highlight being a win over a below-par MVG in Exeter. He excelled again in Aberdeen last week with a 7-0 drubbing of Daryl Gurney. This was achieved with a sensational average of 109, best in the league so far this year.

Suljovic has been very inconsistent and some weeks looks barely interested.

Wade can continue his good run at +100 .

Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld

This should be a straightforward assignment for Rob Cross.

Voltage has performed well so far with seven points from his five games. His only bad performance was against MVG which is forgivable. He also had a decent run at the recent UK Open, reaching the final before putting up a really poor performance against Nathan Aspinall. He showed no ill effects from that disappointment, bouncing back with a 104 average in victory against Michael Smith in Aberdeen last week.

So far Barney has brought nothing to this competition other than a good walk-on. He would have hoped for a good run at Minehead to increase his confidence but again he performed poorly. A defeat to Simon Stevenson in the Last 64 sees the Dutchman drop to 33 in the world rankings. This puts his participation at the next World Championship in jeopardy.

Cross should prevail but prices around -200   don’t interest me.

Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen

A top of the table clash between two of the quartet of players on seven points.

Price has decent claims to be the most in-form player on the circuit over the last month.

Back-to-back wins on the Pro-Tour were followed by a semi-final spot in the UK Open at Minehead. He put in a poor performance in that semi-final, losing to eventual surprise winner Nathan Aspinall, but bounced back with victory over Mensur Suljovic in Aberdeen last week.

MVG has been strangely flat for the last month, including at the UK Open where he suffered an early 6-10 defeat to journeyman Mervyn King.

The Green Machine appears unusually vulnerable at the moment. However, Price has a dismal record of played 13, lost 13 against the Dutchman. Even at a big +400 , I don’t think I’ll be having a bet.

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney

Gurney was fancied by many judges as a dark horse for a play-off place but has had a torrid time recently. Losing is one thing, but 1-7 and 0-7 annihilations to Rob Cross and James Wade in his last two games are very worrying. He needs to get back on track quickly. 

Snakebite has just two wins to his name, against lowly-ranked guest player Steve Lennon and the hapless Raymond van Barneveld. His 106 average against RVB was his best by some distance this season, but he remains untrustworthy at short prices. He’ll probably win, but quotes of 2.00 won’t tempt me to open my betting wallet.

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Six Tips

Nathan Aspinall to beat Michael Smith +200

James Wade to beat Mensur Suljovic +100

Daryl Gurney
Gerwyn Price
james wade
Mensur Suljovic
Michael Smith
michael van gerwen
Nathan Aspinall
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raymond van barneveld
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