Gerwyn Price can gain a big victory over Michael Smith when the 2019 Unibet Premier League Darts rolls into Cardiff. After 11 nights of being the villain, the Iceman can make the most of some home-crowd support.
Tonight is the most intriguing card so far. Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen meet in a top of the table clash which could decide the number one seeding. There is also £25K at stake for whoever tops the league, and MVG likes winning these side-pots.
Further back the playoff race is wonderfully tight with four players tied for 3rd place on 12 points. Two of them, Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic, meet tonight in a huge contest. Superchin may be able to edge this one.
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2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Eleven Match Previews
Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney
Tip – Daryl Gurney to beat Mensur Suljovic 13/102.30+1301.301.30-0.77
A crucial game between two of the players tied on 12 points. Both have been very inconsistent which makes it a difficult match to analyse. Mensur has looked on a slight downward trajectory, averaging below 95 in his last four games.
Superchin recovered well after a couple of large defeats in early March. His only bad performance in recent weeks was in Belfast where the vocal home support may have been a hindrance. He has a decent winning record against Mensur, including a 7-3 win in Rotterdam in this event. He can repeat the trick.
Rob Cross v Michael van Gerwen
A highly anticipated top of the table clash. Both players will cruise into the semi-finals but there are bragging rights at stake, not to mention a £25K bonus for topping the table.
The Green Machine has looked unusually vulnerable throughout the league, suffering some surprising defeats along the way. His most recent performance was by far his best, a 109 average against Michael Smith. He was, in his own words, phenomenal. MVG does love playing Bully Boy though, as the game is always played at a pace which suits him. Cross will slow him down, so it remains to be seen whether MVG can reach that standard every week.
Voltage has been a revelation this season, He came into the event with huge question marks against him after a disappointing 2018. However, he has answered the doubters and looks to have a big year ahead. He has averaged 100+ in eight of his eleven games so far, an incredible standard.
One of his poor efforts was against tonight’s opponent way back in Week Three. He missed darts at double to break the throw in the first leg, and his head immediately dropped. MVG will likely win again, and it’s a game to savour rather than bet on.
Peter Wright v James Wade
Tip – James Wade v Peter Wright Draw 4/15.00+4004.004.00-0.25
Snakebite continues to disappoint both in this event and in the weekend tournaments. His only victories in this competition are against guest player Steve Lennon and the abysmal Raymond van Barneveld. His 100+ average in defeat to Rob Cross in Liverpool was deceptive as he had very few shots at double when Cross was throwing first. His chances of a playoff spot are all but gone now. It’s hard to know how switched on he’ll be.
The Machine is locked in a 4-way tie for the final two qualification spots. However, his last two performances have been quite worrying. He averaged a poor 85 against Mensur Suljovic in Belfast, admittedly a player he always struggles against. However, he wasn’t much better in Liverpool last week, scraping an undeserved draw against Daryl Gurney with a 90 average. He did win both Players Championship competitions in Barnsley at the weekend so is still clearly in a purple patch. He will expect to get the win this week but isn’t a betting proposition at the prices.
I dislike backing the draw in this event as so much needs to go right for it to happen. However, with 9 draws in their cumulative 22 games so far, there might be a case for a token pound or two at 4/15.00+4004.004.00-0.25.
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Tip – Gerwyn Price to beat Michael Smith 8/52.60+1601.601.60-0.63
Bully Boy has shown improved form over the last month, though he missed a big chance for an important victory against Peter Wright two weeks ago. A hugely entertaining defeat to MVG last week was a predictable outcome. He likely needs to win all five of his remaining games to reach the playoffs, a difficult task.
He has a good winning record over the Iceman so perhaps will fancy his chances of kick-starting that quest. He was runner-up in Barnsley on Saturday in a tour event so is definitely a player to be respected at the moment.
After 11 nights of being relentlessly boo-ed, Welshman Price will finally have some crowd support in Cardiff. He has had an excellent campaign, and many will be surprised that he is still in the mix for a playoff spot. Smith is marginally the better player, but this game should mean more to Price. If he can control his emotions then he can gain a huge victory.
2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Eleven Tips
Daryl Gurney to beat Mensur Suljovic 13/102.30+1301.301.30-0.77
James Wade v Peter Wright Draw 4/15.00+4004.004.00-0.25
Gerwyn Price to beat Michael Smith 8/52.60+1601.601.60-0.63
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