2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 1

2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 1

2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 1

The Premier League is back! Tomorrow night, the popular Thursday night tournament makes its return for 2019, with a fitting venue to kick off the madness in Newcastle.

The competition was rocked this week with the news that Gary Anderson would be unable to compete due to a back injury, leaving reigning champion Michael van Gerwen as the overwhelming favourite in the competition.

However, the likes of Michael Smith, Rob Cross and Peter Wright will all be looking to give the ‘Green Machine’ a run for his money, while Raymond van Barneveld will also be looking to make an impact in his record and final 14th appearances in the competition.

James Wade vs Raymond van Barneveld

Thursday night’s proceedings start with an intriguing game between James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld. Wade makes his return to the Premier League after being cut from the lineup in 2018, with this being his 10th appearance in the competition, which is tied for third-best in its existence alongside Adrian Lewis. Winner in 2009, Wade has also made two finals in the Premier League’s past and comes into this off the back of an appearance in the final of the Masters. As for van Barneveld, he will be looking to sign off from the Premier League on a high in what is his first tournament outing since the World Championship. With Wade’s activity and the Machine being in better form, we’re backing him to make a winning start.

Recommended Bet: James Wade to win at 11/10 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Gerwyn Price vs Daryl Gurney

Up next, it’s Wales vs Northern Ireland as two combustible characters in Gerwyn Price and Daryl Gurney square of in the second game of the night. The highlight of Price’s career came in 2018, as he won the Grand Slam of Darts, claiming the £110,000 prize to go along with it, but disappointed at the World Championship, losing in the last 64. Meanwhile, Gurney will be hoping to replicate the form he showed at the Players Championship in November and came fifth in last year’s Premier League, narrowly missing out on the semi-finals. This should be a close encounter and one that could easily end in a draw.

Recommended Bet: Draw at 10/3 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Chris Dobey vs Mensur Suljovic

Despite not featuring two of the biggest names in the sport, there will be plenty of eyes drawn to this meeting between Chris Dobey and Mensur Suljovic. That is because Dobey is the first of nine replacement players that will compete in place of the injured Anderson, with the number 35 rank set to compete in the north east. Suljovic will be expecting to pick up a win against an opponent who ultimately has nothing to play for in this competition, as the Austrian looks to build on his showing at the Masters, where he was convincingly beaten by the in-form MVG in the quarter-finals. We like Suljovic to win this one.

Recommended Bet: Mensur Suljovic to win 7-3 at 9/2 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith

The standout game of the night in Newcastle sees a repeat of the 2018 World Championship final, as Michael van Gerwen faces Michael Smith. The two big scorers are the two of the most exciting players to watch in the world, with MVG showing his class in Sunday’s Masters in Milton Keynes. The Dutchman was in unplayable form, defeating James Wade in the final, as well as Suljovic and Dave Chisnall in the quarter and semi-finals respectively. Smith will have learnt a lot from his run to the final at Ally Pally in December, but MVG still holds the edge over him and we expect that to be no different here.

Recommended Bet: Michael van Gerwen to win match, hit 4+ 180’s & checkout 120+ at 6/1 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Peter Wright vs Rob Cross

Finally, the night ends with another entertaining prospect with Peter Wright facing Rob Cross. Wright made it to the semi-finals of the Masters at the weekend where he was beaten in a close game by James Wade, but crashed out at the last 64 stage of the World Championship in December. Runner-up back in 2017, Wright will be looking to improve on his seventh-placed finish in the Premier League from 2018. As for Cross, he has fallen at the last 16 stage at each of his last two tournaments, but was a semi-finalist in his Premier League debut last year. Cross has been the more consistent player in recent times, which is why we are siding with him in this one.

Recommended Bet: Rob Cross win at 11/8 with SkyBet – BET HERE