The Premier league darts roadshow heads to Merseyside on Thursday night and there are some cracking matches due to take place. If you are thinking of having a bet, James Punt’s preview is well worth a read. Check out his Premier League darts tips for week 11 below…
Premier League Darts Tips: Rob Cross vs. Peter Wright
Cross leads Wright 8-5 in their career H2H’s although there have also been two Premier League draws, the most recent being the opening match in this year’s competition. Cross is in decent form, not devastating but he has won six of his last ten matches. His PL form is better with six wins from his last seven so he is keeping his best stuff for Thursday nights.
Peter Wright is in poor form with just three wins from his last ten. In the PL he has won just one match from ten, with five draws and three defeats. He somehow managed a draw against Michael Smith last week and he remains hard to beat but very far from his best. He really needs to start winning matches otherwise the play offs are out of reach.
A draw would not be a total surprise given their past PL record but Peter Wright looks right out of sorts at the moment. He played in PC 9 & 10 at the weekend, lost both his first round matches and in one match he changed is darts four times, and was even doing it mid leg. He is clutching at straws in an attempt to find some form.
Cross is top of the league and he looks the logical choice to win this match.
4 points Rob Cross to win @ 1.90 with Betfair sportsbook
Premier League Darts Tips: Gerwyn Price vs. Mensur Suljovic
Price nearly broke his duck vs. MVG last week but a 5-1 lead wasn’t enough and he ended up drawing the match 7-7. His little dip in form seems to be over and he is back to hitting double 20 with more consistency. He has only won five of his last ten so he not at the same level he was five or six weeks ago but he looks a little more dangerous than he has for a few weeks. He is still just a point off the play off places but this looks like an important match for both players.
Suljovic beat the in-form James Wade last week but he will not be looking forward to facing Price. He has lost ten of their fourteen previous matches and three out of their four in the last twelve months.
Suljovic has won just four of his last ten matches overall. He played in the players championships at the weekend, losing both his first round matches. Tiredness? Very possibly. It was noticeable that of all the Premier League players entered at the weekend, MVG, Gurney and Price all withdrew to have the week off, Cross only played on Saturday while Suljovic and Wright went home without a match won between them. Wade and Smith met in the final of PC9 so the tiring schedule hasn’t taken a toll on Wade yet while Smith did take some time out before last week’s PL matches.
Gerwyn Price will be refreshed after a week off and his good H2H record over Suljovic along with the Austrians generally poor recent form points to a win for the Welshman.
2 points Gerwyn Price to win @ 2.35 with Marathon Bet
Premier League Darts Tips: James Wade vs. Daryl Gurney
Two recent winners in good form and tied on eleven points in the league. Another big match. James Wade went to Barnsley for the players championship at the weekend and was rewarded by winning PC 9 on Saturday. Daryl Gurney took the weekend off to spend a rare week at home which strikes me as a very wise thing to do after such a hectic schedule. He lost 4-8 to Rob Cross in Belfast last week which was a big disappointment. However, Cross was on fire while Gurney just couldn’t quite get going.
Wade has won seven of his last ten, Gurney eight so both are playing very well. Wade’s PL form has taken a bit of a dip. He has won just one of his last five matches and drawn two while Gurney has only lost one of his last five. When they met in the first half of the season wade was the emphatic 7-0 winner, the only whitewash in the league so far. Wade was in unplayable form that night, averaging 109.6 and Gurney was struggling with the treble 20.
Since then Gurney has won his first Euro Tour title which was a mixed blessing. It was a great result but it meant playing four matches on the Sunday before a long trip back home on Monday. Perhaps that schedule was part of the reason he just wasn’t fired up 100% in Belfast last week. A week off to recharge the batteries should refresh him and arguably it’s Wade who may be slightly Jaded on Thursday night.
Their H2H record is 5-4 to Wade and he is 2-1 up in the last twelve months. If push came to shove a draw would get the vote but this looks a tricky match to call and best watched only.
Premier League Darts: Michael Smith vs. Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith decided to skip playing in the German Darts Championship preceding the PL matches in Belfast last week. He got a draw, or threw away a win depending on your point of view, with Peter Wright in Belfast before going to Barnsley for the players championship where he was runner up to James Wade in PC9 on Saturday. He had four ton plus averages in that run and only fluffed his lines in the final where he could only manage an average of 84. It seems the little break has refreshed him.
Sadly for Smith he faces Van Gerwen in this round. Playing just about anybody else I would have backed Smith to win but he struggles against MVG. In the last 12 months Van Gerwen has won seven of their eight matches and he has a career record of 27-6. That is not to say Van Gerwen can’t be beaten, he has lost two of his last ten with one draw (exactly the same form as Smith) and he has only won three of his last seven PL matches.
If Smith can bring the form he showed in PC 9 on Saturday then he can certainly give Van Gerwen a game. He has the ability but like so many players does he go into the match expecting to lose? Bully Boy certainly has gotten used to losing to Mighty Mike. He has the added problem that he is bottom of the league with this and five more matches to play. He needs wins and next week he faces Gerwyn Price in Cardiff which will be another tough match.
MVG to win but his odds of 1.40 are not quite enough to inspire a bet.