2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 13

2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 13

Premier League Darts 2019 – Week 13 preview & odds

The Premier League Darts continues on Thursday evening, with the Manchester Arena set to play host.

With only three weeks of the competition left before finals night, things are really hotting up and at this stage points are priceless. Several players are still in contention for a place in the play-offs, so it promises to be another exiting night of action.

We have previewed each of week 13’s fixtures below, providing a betting tip for each match.

Rob Cross v Michael Smith

The first match of the evening pits two players who have had contrasting fortunes in this years Premier League against each other. For Rob Cross it has been a marvellous campaign to date, he has won eight of his 13 matches so far and lost just three, two of which came against Michael van Gerwen.

Those results mean that Cross sits in second place in the table currently, and has all but confirmed his place in the play-offs at the o2. He has though failed to win in his last two matches, losing to van Gerwen a fortnight ago before only managing a draw against Gerwyn Price last week so will want to get back to winning ways ahead of the tournament’s finale.

As for Michael Smith, it has been a Premier League to forget for him and he cannot qualify for the play-offs. Last seasons runner-up has struggled for form throughout the campaign and comes into this match having failed to win any of his last five and sitting second from bottom on leg difference with nine points.

Bully Boy has been scoring well enough as you would expect and even leads the way in terms of 180’s scored so far with 48. But it has been his checkouts which have ultimately let him down, indeed he has the lowest checkout percentage of anyone with just 37.57%.

When it comes to the head-to-head, it would be fair to say that Cross has had the upper-hand. He has beaten Smith in 11 of their 14 meetings so far, including a 7-3 success earlier in the season in the Premier League. We are expecting the former world champion to continue his dominance here with another victory.

Recommended Bet: Rob Cross to win at 10/11

Michael Smith Premier League Darts

Michael Smith has not been at his best in the 2019 Premier League.

Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic

Mensur Suljovic will continue his push for a play-off place in the evening’s second match as he takes on Peter Wright. The Austrian has enjoyed a much better campaign this time around compared to his debut last season when he finished in the bottom two on Judgement Night and has proven difficult to beat.

The Gentle sits in fifth place heading into the evening, with six wins in 13 matches to his name and just four defeats. He is level on points with both James Wade and Gerwyn Price who hold the final two positions in the top four, and he will see this as a perfect opportunity to leapfrog one or both of those who play each other later in the night.

By contrast, Wright can no longer qualify for finals night at the o2 and will be playing for pride only for the next few weeks. It has been a rotten campaign for the 2017 runner-up, winning just two of his 13 matches and losing his last three.

Snakebite has just been too inconsistent this year, failing to settle on a set of darts and not taking opportunities when they have presented themselves.

This will be the two players third meeting of 2019 and it is Suljovic who has had the upper hand in the previous two, beating Wright on both occasions including once in the Premier League. With this one meaning much more to the Austrian with qualification still possible, we see him making it three out of three with another win.

Recommended Bet: Mensur Suljovic to win at 5/6

Peter Wright

Peter Wright will hope to turn his form around when he takes on Mensur Suljovic.

Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen

Michael van Gerwen will continue his quest to finish the league phase at the top against Daryl Gurney in Manchester. The Dutchman has finished first in the table in every year he has participated in this event, and comes into this round of fixtures a point ahead of Rob Cross at the top.

He will look to maintain his lead and has hit some strong form heading into this one, going unbeaten in his last six Premier League outings including four victories. Last week he was held to a draw by an in-form James Wade, but still played well in the match and finished with an excellent 106.78 average.

As for Gurney, he has a play-off place in his sights and will hope to upset the odds against van Gerwen to keep himself in the race. The Northern Irishman is in sixth place as it stands, but just one point adrift of the top four with three to play.

He was very much the big winner last week, ending a run of three without a win by dispatching Wright 8-4 and taking advantage of his rivals dropping points. Superchin could do with at least a point from this one to ensure he remains in touch with his rivals.

Gurney lost 17 matches in a row to MVG, but has since managed to beat him the last two times they have played including a 7-5 win in Berlin. At that time van Gerwen was going through a dip in form however, now that he is back to his best we can only see one outcome here – a win for the Green Machine.

Recommended Bet: Michael van Gerwen to win 8-4 at 7/2

Michael van Gerwen Darts

Michael van Gerwen will be looking for revenge against Daryl Gurney having lost in their last two meetings.

James Wade v Gerwyn Price

The big match of the night is almost certainly the last one, as third placed James Wade takes on Gerwyn Price who is fourth. The two players have identical records heading into this clash with five wins, five draws and three defeats each although Wade has a far superior leg difference.

It has been a solid return to the Premier League for Wade, who was not selected to compete in 2018. He has enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent times with two major titles to his name and he is once again the top players on the circuit.

He has always been a solid finisher and that is still the case with his 46.82% checkout success the second best in the competition. But he has now become a much heavier scorer which makes him a more complete player, indeed he has hit the most 100’s so far with 214, 17 more than his nearest competitor.

Price endured a torrid debut in the Premier League last year where he finished bottom and without a single win. This year has been much different for him though and he has grown in confidence week after week.

The Iceman comes into this match unbeaten in five and having held both van Gerwen and Cross to draws in that time, showing that he is not someone who can be beaten easily anymore. He will be hoping to extend his unbeaten run for an extra week, with even a point likely to be a good result for him in this one.

The head-to-head is in favour of Wade who has six wins to Price’s three, but they could not be separated in their last meeting which finished as a 6-6 draw back in February. Given both men have proven extremely difficult to beat of late, we cannot separate them here and fancy the draw.

Recommended Bet: Match to be drawn at 3/1

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