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May 21, 2019

James Wade

Just three games on the Premier League Card this week. But it’s an exciting three games as the competition reaches its conclusion.

First up we have Rob Cross against James Wade. There is little to separate these two giants of the game, and they achieved one victory each in their regular season meetings.

Daryl Gurney faces Michael van Gerwen in the second semi-final. Superchin has already been MVG twice in the league phase. Can he achieve a memorable hat-trick?

The two winners of these games will meet in the final.

With £250K for the winner, it promises to be an exciting night of action. 

Get the best odds on Premier League Darts with our selected bookmakers below:


Week Sixteen – Play-offs – O2 Arena, London

Thursday 23rd May Sky Sports Main Event

Semi-Final 1. Rob Cross v James Wade

Semi-Final 2. Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney

Final. Winner SF1 v Winner SF2

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Play-offs Format

No more league action, it’s all knockout now.

The semi-finals are the best of 19 legs (first to ten).

The final is the best of 21 legs (first to eleven).

Prize fund.

Winner £250,000.

Runner-up £120,000.

Semi-Finalists £80,000. 

Final League Standings

Points Leg Diff
Michael van Gerwen 23 +40
Rob Cross 22 +26
James Wade 20 +20
Daryl Gurney 19 +7


It has been an enjoyable Premier League, perhaps the best yet. It obviously helped that so many players were still involved near the end. Indeed, six of the eight players had something to play for on the final night of league action. As a competition, it is often criticised but I still find it interesting. Crucially for us, it is also a good betting heat. Bookmakers appear to price up the ties as normal matches, ignoring the league dynamic at play.

Hopefully, some of you followed our tips at sbo.net and made a little money. We recommended a total of 44 bets over the sixteen nights of action. At £10 stakes this was an outlay of £440. Our bets returned a total of £489.40. This is a profit of 11% which is no mean feat especially when we first have to beat the sizeable margin inbuilt into the bookmakers’ odds.

One of our two ante-post bets also came up at a nice price, with Daryl Gurney reaching a play-off spot.

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Semi-Finals

Rob Cross

Rob Cross v James Wade

Tip – James Wade to win 2.38

Career Head to Head stats. Wade 6 Wins – Cross 6 Wins.

Premier League meetings this year.

Week Two. Cross won 7-4.

Week Fifteen. Wade won 8-6.

As we can see there is little between these two great players.

Both had fine campaigns and will fancy their chances of making the final.

I expected the prices to be very close, but the bookmakers have it 1.67 Cross, 2.38 Wade.

There are a handful of possible reasons for this. Voltage had a higher tournament average (99.70 to 97.90) and was also ahead on doubles percentage by a small margin.

As the younger player, he is probably perceived as being more open to improvement.

However, Wade is an expert at just doing enough, and at the prices he is the obvious bet.

Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney

Career Head to Head stats. Van Gerwen 19 Wins – Gurney 5 wins.

Premier League meetings this year.

Week Seven. Gurney won 7-5.

Week Thirteen. Gurney won 8-5.

It’s hard to explain how Daryl Gurney managed to beat MVG twice this year. It almost seems unfair that after two such epic wins that he must face the Dutchman again.

The slightly longer format favours MVG and he is way ahead of his opponent on the key metrics of average and doubles percentage. He should be able to gain his revenge. It is difficult to find a good betting angle though.

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Play-offs Tip

James Wade to beat Rob Cross 2.38

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    Alan Penny
    Alan Penny


    Alan hails from Northern Ireland and is an avid fan of all sports. He has been with us since 2017 and serves as SBO’s Editor-in-Chief. Alan passionately covers everything from the latest regulatory developments across the globe to tips on the latest football matches.