2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 15

2019 Premier League Darts Betting Preview: Week 15

Premier League Darts 2019 – Week 15 preview & odds

The final night of the regular Premier League Darts season takes place in Leeds this week, with plenty still left to play for.

The race for the play-offs is the focus, with four players still in contention to take the final two places after Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen qualified last week. Each of James Wade, Mensur Suljovic, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price still have a chance of reaching the o2, so it should be another thrilling night of darts in Yorkshire.

We have previewed all four matches of the night, giving our thoughts on who who will ultimately finish in the top four and play at the o2 next week.

Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright

The first match of the night pits Gerwyn Price up against the already eliminated Peter Wright. It is a big night for Price who does still have a chance of qualifying for the play-offs at the o2, but will need to win and hope other results go his way.

Going into the evening the ‘Iceman’ sits in sixth place in the table, two points adrift of third and one behind fourth. Realistically he can’t catch Wade in third due to an inferior leg difference, therefore he must win and hope that both Suljovic and Gurney do not win to sneak into fourth place.

He comes into this match on the back of a 7-7 draw with Gurney in Sheffield, where things got a bit heated between the two after the match. The draw meant that the Welshman has now not won in his last three matches, which is why qualification for the top four is out of his hands.

He will fancy his chances against Wright however, with the Scottish player having endured a frankly awful Premier League campaign. Indeed ‘Snakebite’ has won just two of his 15 matches and comes into this one on the back of five successive defeats.

Having won his last two matches against Wright, including a 7-5 success earlier in this competition, we expect Price to get the better of his opponent here. He knows that he must win whereas Wright has nothing to play for and given the Scotsman’s form we cannot see him stopping the Iceman from getting a result.

Recommended Bet: Gerwyn Price to win at 13/10 with bet365

James Wade v Rob Cross

The second match of the evening sees two of the most impressive performers in the Premier League go head-to-head. Rob Cross has been outstanding this season and comes into the final round of fixtures sitting pretty at the top of the table, one point ahead of MVG.

He has won 10 of his 15 matches, losing just three and has already confirmed his qualification for the play-offs. But with top spot still on the line, he will be keen to win this one which would mean he plays the player finishing fourth at the 02.

Last week Cross secured a relatively comfortable 8-4 win against Suljovic in Sheffield, which extended his unbeaten run to three following a defeat to van Gerwen in week 11. He has an excellent three dart average of 100.18 for the tournament and has hit 51 180’s which shows just how good his scoring has been, whilst he also has the second best checkout percentage of 45.50%.

As for his opponent, it has been a great return to the Premier League for James Wade. The ‘Machine’ missed out on playing last season but was recalled this year after an impressive 2018 which included two major tournament wins.

He comes into the final week sitting in third place knowing that a draw will almost certainly secure a place at the o2 due to his significant legs difference advantage. Wade has won six and lost just three of his 15 matches to date, with his scoring having caught the eye – he has the most 100+’s in the competition.

These two have played on 11 previous occasions, with Cross having won six of those to Wade’s five wins. Both are playing well, but purely because Wade needs a result to guarantee a top four finish, we don’t think he will lose here.

Recommended Bet: James Wade or draw at 4/5 with Sky Bet

Rob Cross Premier League Darts

It has been a fantastic Premier League campaign for Rob Cross.

Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic

Michael van Gerwen has already secured his qualification for the o2, but he will still be desperate to beat Mensur Suljovic, particularly if Cross drops points before him. As mentioned MVG currently sits second in the table, but has a proud record of having only ever finished the league phase in top spot and he has been vocal about wanting that record to continue.

The Dutchman comes into this one brimming with confidence after an outstanding 8-1 win over Wright last week, a match which saw him finish with a superb 110.85 average.

As for Suljovic, he currently occupies the fourth and final play-off qualification spot and will be desperate to hold on to it. It has been a strong campaign from the Austrian who has won seven of his 15 matches so far, losing just five.

He will know though that he probably needs to get something against van Gerwen as he will expect at least one of Price or Gurney to pick up a win on the evening. He comes into the night on the back of an 8-4 loss against Cross, which was his first defeat in four, but he will need to put that behind him.

The head-to-head between the two is heavily in favour of MVG who has won 12 of their previous 16 matches, including the last four. With him still determined to win in order to finish top, we envisage another win for him against the Austrian here.

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

Mensur Suljovic

Mensur Suljovic can qualify for the play-offs with a win.

Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith

Up last is a match that has huge significance for Daryl Gurney. The Northern Irishman will know by the time he plays what each of his top four rivals has done, and therefore will know what result he will require to reach the top four.

It has been a good campaign for Gurney, after a fifth placed finish last season he has come back stronger and turned a lot of the draws into wins, picking up seven in total so far. His recent form has been good too, coming into this match unbeaten in three following two wins and a draw against Price last week.

Smith on the other hand has endured a Premier League season to forget. ‘Bully Boy’ has managed to win just three of his 15 matches and sits second from bottom in the table with just 10 points to his name.

His struggles have been a surprise though. He came into the competition as the second favourite to win it behind MVG having finished as runner-up last year and also making the final of the World Championship in January. But for whatever reason it just hasn’t clicked for him, his scoring has remained strong with the 52 180’s he has scored the most of any player but it has been his doubling which has let him down with a tournament low 35.85% checkout success.

The two have played each other on 12 previous occasions and it is Smith who actually has the better record with seven wins to Gurney’s four. The Northern Irishman did beat Smith earlier in this Premier League campaign though with a 7-5 scoreline, and we fancy him to pick up the two points again. If he can get ahead early then Smith’s head will drop, so a fast start will be just what Gurney is after here.

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

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