Mensur Suljovic can make a big move towards a playoff place when the 2019 Unibet Premier League Darts rolls into Birmingham on Thursday. His opponent Michael Smith has little but pride to play for, and the Austrian can continue his good run of form.
Daryl Gurney hasn’t proved particularly trustworthy, but he should be able to get the better of the disappointing Peter Wright.
Rob Cross will attempt to bounce back from a heavy defeat to MVG in Cardiff but has a tough challenge against Gerwyn Price. There is a nice bet in this match in the 180s market.
The hardest task of the night falls to James Wade. The Machine must try and stop World Champion Michael van Gerwen, who has finally hit top gear in recent weeks.
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2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Twelve Match Previews
Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith
Tip– Mensur Suljovic to beat Michael Smith 31/202.55+1551.551.55-0.65
Mensur hasn’t been putting in great averages recently, but five wins in his last seven games indicate a player who knows how to get over the winning line. He is currently in fifth place in the league, just outside the playoff places on ‘leg difference’. He still must play Rob Cross and MVG, so he really needs to get wins on the board against Smith this week and Peter Wright next week.
Bully Boy has shown improved form over the last month without being able to gain any wins. He struggled badly against Suljovic when they met in Berlin in Week Seven, and the big Austrian is a player he rarely plays well against. He has no chance of reaching the playoffs, and it’s easy to envisage a scenario where he loses interest in this game. It’s very surprising that the bookmakers have Smith as the favourite.
Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price
Tip– Gerwyn Price most 180s 163/1002.63+1631.631.63-0.61
This is an interesting match-up.
Price has confounded his doubters throughout the competition so far. He is currently in fourth place and has a realistic chance of making the playoffs.
Voltage has had a fine campaign, and it looks a certainty that he will be there on finals night. He has averaged 100+ in eight of his twelve games so far, a superb standard.
He has only had two really bad performances, both against Michael van Gerwen. Last week in Cardiff was particularly disappointing, as he won the first two legs in a 2-8 defeat.
He will be looking to return to winning ways immediately.
The best bet is in the 180s market.
Price has 41 180s in 141 legs, that’s one maximum every 3.44 legs.
Cross has 36 180s in 129 legs, that’s one maximum every 3.58 legs.
Clearly these figures marginally favour Price, yet the bookmakers price it up 91/1001.91-1100.91-1.100.91 Cross, 163/1002.63+1631.631.63-0.61 Price, 5/16.00+5005.005.00-0.20 the draw.
The Iceman looks a good bet here. Hopefully Cross continues to use his own methods for set-ups from the 300+ range, which often involve T18 rather than T20.
Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright
Tip– Daryl Gurney to beat Peter Wright 13/102.30+1301.301.30-0.77
Snakebite has had a disastrous year both in this event and in the weekend tournaments. His only victories in this competition are against guest player Steve Lennon and Raymond van Barneveld. Last week in Cardiff was particularly poor, averaging just 85 in a 2-8 defeat to James Wade. With no chance of reaching the playoffs he didn’t look interested in the game. Yet again he experimented with his choice of darts, using a bizarre set of ‘wobbly darts’ much to the bemusement of Wade.
Superchin has recovered well after a couple of heavy defeats in early March. He is just about hanging on in the race for playoff spots but will have to do better than his poor effort in Cardiff last week. He hardly laid a glove on Mensur Suljovic, beaten 5-8 defeat in a low-standard affair. A win this week is essential if he wishes to progress. It’s hard to envisage how he could have an easier chance to get back to winning ways.
James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
The Green Machine had looked unusually vulnerable a few weeks ago, suffering some surprising defeats including against Wade. His last two performances have been a big improvement. He averaged 109 and 107 in wins against Michael Smith and Rob Cross. Eight legs in a row against Cross was very impressive. He picked up a nice £25K pot on Easter Monday with victory in the German Darts Grand Prix.
He was beaten by Wade back in Week Four in Exeter but looks in far better nick now. He will be gunning for revenge.
The Machine has a fine season and is currently in third place in the table. His last couple of performances haven’t been great, albeit he didn’t need to break sweat to beat a terrible Peter Wright in Cardiff last week. He did win both Players Championship competitions in Barnsley a few weeks ago so is still a force to be reckoned with. He has a victory over MVG already this year, and it’s unlikely MVG will allow him a second win.
2019 Unibet Premier League Darts Week Twelve Tips
Mensur Suljovic to beat Michael Smith 31/202.55+1551.551.55-0.65
Gerwyn Price most 180s v Rob Cross 163/1002.63+1631.631.63-0.61
Daryl Gurney to beat Peter Wright 13/102.30+1301.301.30-0.77
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