The Premier League Darts bandwagon rolls into Liverpool on Thursday for night 11 of the competition and with the table really taking shape and league evenings beginning to run out, it is an important set of games for many players.
Just four points separate third to last in the current table going into the Liverpool night so there is going to be a real bunfight for the final couple of spots at the o2. There are a few matches on this card which could have a big impact on that.
Rob Cross vs Peter Wright
The table topping Rob Cross gets the night underway when he takes on the former finalist Peter Wright, who is lingering outside the top four and needs a fast end to the campaign in order to have a chance to win the crown at the o2 next month.
Recent matches between these two have been quite tight. They drew their first meeting in the Premier League 6-6 and generally when someone wins there is only a leg or two in it which suggests that this could come down to the odd missed double or key score at the right time. I guess based on that Wright could be value but this isn’t a match I particularly want to get involved in.
Gerwyn Price vs Mensur Suljovic
The second match of the evening sees two men who have their eyes on the o2 meeting when Gerwyn Price takes on Mensur Suljovic. Price sits just outside the top four going into the night whereas Suljovic is third and looking to repel the cavalry charge.
In the main, Price has a decent record against Suljovic with 10 wins from 14 matches including a 7-3 victory in the first meeting between the two in the Premier League this term. I keep on saying that Suljovic doesn’t look massively convincing in this competition whereas Price has performed pretty well. I think the value lies with him in this match although given the stage of the season we are in and the fact that Price can sometimes falter at the finish line, as we saw last week, I’ll play him draw no bet.
James Wade vs Daryl Gurney
The two men either side of the cut line for places in the semi-finals meet in the third match of the night when James Wade, who sits in fourth, takes on Daryl Gurney who is a place below him in the table. Just leg difference separates the two men largely brought about by Wade winning the reverse match 7-0.
Both men have shown some good form over the last month or so. Gurney won the latest European Tour event while Wade took down a Players Championship tournament at the weekend but in this Gurney is either very hot or stone cold. Wade was pretty ordinary last week but the pace of Suljovic seems to affect him. Both men will fancy the job here but I’ve liked Wade all season and I’m happy to chance him in this one.
Michael Smith vs Michael van Gerwen
The last match of what should be an excellent night of darts is a rerun of the World Championship final and indeed the conclusion to this tournament last year too as Michael Smith, in need of points badly, takes on Michael van Gerwen.
Nothing really has gone right for Smith in this tournament. He wasn’t helped early on in it by injury and then latterly even when he has played well he hasn’t been able to force a win. Van Gerwen has been very ordinary by his high standards in this competition and is doing nothing to convince anyone. He’s probably there to be taken on here but I still can’t bring myself to do it so I’m happy to sit this one out.
WON – Back G.Price to beat M.Suljovic (DNB) for a 4/10 stake at 1.80 with Betway
Back J.Wade to beat D.Gurney for a 4/10 stake at 2.15 with Boylesports
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