2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 14

2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 14

Premier League Darts 2019 – Week 14 preview & odds

The Premier League Darts rolls into Sheffield this week, as the battle for the play-offs begins to really hot up.

Including this week there are just two matches left for each player before finals night at the o2 Arena in London, so every point is now vital. No player has yet 100% confirmed their place in the play-offs, so expect an extremely entertaining evening of darts in South Yorkshire.

We have previewed all four fixtures of the night, including a potential blockbuster between Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price for whom it could be win or bust, providing a betting tip for each match.

Michael Smith v James Wade

The first match of the night will be between two players who have had very different Premier League campaigns this season. For Michael Smith, it has been one to forget as he has managed to win just three of his 14 matches which means he sits bottom of the league table on nine points. Bully Boy had gone into the tournament as the second favourite to win it with most bookmakers after reaching the final last year, as well as being the runner-up at the most recent World Championship.

But he just hasn’t managed to get any form of consistency, he was hampered by an abscess in his leg mid-way through the campaign and has struggled for form ever since. He comes into this match in horrific form having lost three of his last four and without a win in six with his confidence looking shot. Whilst his scoring has been good – he has the most 180’s in the competition – he also has the worst checkout success percentage which sums up a campaign of missed opportunities.

By contrast, James Wade has enjoyed a brilliant season on his return to the Premier League. The Machine missed out on last years tournament, but has come back with a bang and currently sits in third place in the table having won six and lost just three of his 14 matches. He has combined his deadly finishing with some heavy scoring this season, and has the third highest three dart average of all the players across the tournament which shows his improvement in this area.

Wade comes into this match on the back of an excellent win against Gerwyn Price, but there is still work for him to do in terms of qualifying for the play-offs. He sits just a point above fifth place, so another win here is vital as he looks to cement his position.

In terms of the head-to-head between these two, it is fair to say that it is extremely one-sided. Wade has won 16 of the 19 matches they have played, all four in 2019. Given the two player’s contrasting form in the Premier League, we think that trend will continue with Wade getting the victory.

Recommended Bet: James Wade to win at 11/10 with Betfair

Michael Smith has had a tournament to forget.

Mensur Suljovic v Rob Cross

It’s a huge match for Mensur Suljovic as he takes on Rob Cross. The Austrian is in a great position to qualify for finals night, sitting in fourth place with seven wins and three draws to his name from 14 fixtures and a point ahead of the chasing pack.

He comes into this game in excellent form, winning two of his last three and drawing the other to ensure he remains in contention. He still has it all to do though, not only must he try and get a result against Cross here he also has the man in second place, Michael van Gerwen, to play next week.

As for Cross, he has had an outstanding campaign and currently sits top of the table heading into this round of fixtures. Voltage has picked up nine wins from his 14 matches so far and has lost just three, two of which came against van Gerwen so he is definitely the man to beat at the moment.

The 2018 world champion bounced back from two weeks without a victory last week, comfortably beating Michael Smith 8-1 in Manchester. That will give him plenty of confidence heading into this one as he looks to earn at least a point which would be enough to guarantee qualification for the 02.

These two players have met on 12 occasions in the past, and they have both picked up six wins apiece. Cross won their last match, but prior to that Suljovic had won five in a row against the former world champion including earlier on in this Premier League campaign. With Cross’ place at the o2 pretty much secure and the Austrian needing points still to qualify, we fancy Suljovic to get at least a draw here.

Recommended Bet: Mensur Suljovic or draw at 10/11 with Sky Bet

Mensur Suljovic

Mensur Suljovic is in pole position to qualify for the play-offs.

Daryl Gurney v Gerwyn Price

Arguably the biggest fixture of the evening sees Northern Ireland’s Daryl Gurney take on Welshman Gerwyn Price, with both players still having very realistic hopes of qualifying for the play-offs.

Gurney comes into this match sitting in fifth place, just one point adrift of Suljovic in fourth after claiming back-to-back wins against Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen recently. Superchin has been a lot more clinical this season and taken his opportunities. Last year he drew eight of his matches and only won four but this season he has turned those draws into wins, and has finished level on just two occasions whilst winning seven so far.

He will know that if both Wade and Suljovic win before him then he will need to win to keep in touch, whilst if one of them drops points it will present a great opportunity for him to move into the top four.

Price meanwhile sits a place and a point further back from Gurney, but he will know that he must at least avoid defeat here to remain in the play-off hunt going into the final week. Should the Welshman lose it could rule him out completely if either or both of Suljovic and Wade pick up points, so he will be desperate to get a result in Sheffield.

It has been a much better campaign for him this year compared to last when he finished rock bottom and was eliminated on Judgement Night, but he does come into this match on the back of an 8-4 loss to Wade last week. He stormed off stage without shaking his opponents hand which will likely lead to plenty of jeers from the crowd, but that is something he has dealt with all season. He must though regain his composure to try and get a result here.

Price actually has a really good record against Gurney, winning eight of their previous 11 meetings and losing just two. One of those wins was a 7-4 success on the opening night of the Premier League this year, but since then the Northern Irishman has significantly improved his form and beating van Gerwen last week showed just how far he has come. We think that Gurney will take that form into this week and claim the win.

Recommended Bet: Daryl Gurney to win at 7/5 with Betfair

Daryl Gurney Premier League Darts

Daryl Gurney could take a big step towards qualification if he can beat Gerwyn Price.

Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright

The final match of the evening sees Michael van Gerwen take on an out of form Peter Wright. It has certainly been a year to forget in the Premier league for Snakebite, who has managed to win just two of his 14 matches, the last of which was 10 weeks ago.

He has lost his last four in a row, the latest coming against Suljovic last week and sits second from bottom, only above Smith on leg difference. The 2017 finalist just hasn’t got going this year, he has switched his darts every week and has not been able to perform consistently. His scoring is the worst of the eight players remaining, he has the least amount of 180’s and the worst three dart average.

As for van Gerwen, whilst he hasn’t been as good as he has in previous years, he will still comfortably qualifying to finals night at the o2. The Green Machine sits in second place with 19 points having won eight out of 14, and is three points clear of fourth place with just four points left to play for.

However, the Dutchman is used to winning the league phase. Indeed he has finished first in each year he has participated but this year he has at times produced some below par performances, including last week when he suffered a third defeat of the campaign. That means he is now two matches without a win, he has not gone three without a win in the last four years participating in this tournament so expect him to bounce back against Wright.

The last time these two met in the Premier League was in Rotterdam just over a month ago, and it was an extremely one-sided affair. Van Gerwen won the match 7-1 and in truth was unlucky not to win 7-0 and given how poorly Wright has been playing this season it could well be a similar outcome here.

Recommended Bet: Michael van Gerwen to win 8-3 or 8-4 at 2/1 with Sky Bet

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