Premier League Darts 2019: Night One

Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price meet on a big night of Premier League Darts in what could be a fiery encounter

Shane McArdle looks forward to this years’ Premier League Darts, Live on sky sports main event, Thursday evenings from 7pm

Week 1: Thursday Feb 7, Utilita Arena, Newcastle

The 2019 Premier League season begins on Thursday Feb 7th, with 17 nights of top-class action running from February to May.

The season includes Judgement night after nine weeks of action, where the bottom two players in the league table will be eliminated and it all comes to a fascinating climax from The O2 in London on Thursday May 23rd.

The players taking part in this year’s Premier League are Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic. Gary Anderson has unfortunately withdrawn from the Premier League as he continues to struggle with a back injury.

The PDC have decided that nine different players will replace Gary Anderson at each of the nine different venues on each of the nine weeks of action.

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The replacements are as follows – Chris Dobey (Newcastle, Week 1) – Glen Durrant (Glasgow, Week 2) – Steve Lennon (Dublin, Week 3) – Luke Humphries (Exeter, Week 4) – John Henderson (Aberdeen, Week 5) – Nathan Aspinall (Nottingham, Week 6) – Max Hopp (Berlin, Week 7) – Dimitri van den Bergh (Rotterdam Ahoy, Week 8, Night 1) – Jeffrey de Zwaan (Rotterdam Ahoy, Week 8, Night 2)

Thursday Feb 07th

(7:15pm) James Wade v Raymond van Barneveld

Prediction – James Wade at 23/20

This should be a close match with Raymond van Barneveld playing in his last Premier League and will be hoping for a good run of form but faces a very difficult opponent in James Wade, especially over this short format and for that reason it’s a James Wade win in this match for me.

(8pm) Gerwyn Price v Daryl Gurney

Prediction – Daryl Gurney at 6/5

This should be a fiery contest with both players not afraid to let their emotions be shown in exuberant celebrations. It will be interesting to see however how the new rules from the DRA on this subject affects both men. It should be close but if both players turn up in form it will be a Daryl Gurney win in this exciting contest.

(8:40pm) Chris Dobey v Mensur Suljovic

Prediction – Mensur Suljovic at 4/6

This is the first match where a replacement for the injured Gary Anderson is in effect and Chris Dobey will relish the experience he will get from this. However he faces an in-form Mensur Suljovic who played very well in last weekend’s Masters in Milton Keynes where he eventually only lost out to an in-form World No.1 Michael van Gerwen. I see a Mensur Suljovic win in this one.

(9:20pm) Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith

Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 1/2

A repeat of the recent World Championship Final and Michael Smith will be out for revenge over the World No.1 in this match. However Michael van Gerwen was impressive in last week’s Masters tournament and is a strong fancy to get his league campaign off to a winning start by taking the win in this league opener.

(10pm) Peter Wright v Rob Cross

Prediction – Peter Wright at 8/5

A high quality game to finish off the opening night of the Premier League season and if both players arrive in top form then we are in for a top-class game of darts. It should be close between these two and it’s a narrow win for Peter “Snakebite” Wright for me.

 



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