Week 2 – Thursday Feb 14, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
The 2019 Premier League season began last Thursday, 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 Gary Anderson has unfortunately withdrawn from the Premier League as he continues to struggle with a back injury.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.
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)
Week One results (Newcastle):
James Wade 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price 7-4 Daryl Gurney
Chris Dobey 6-6 Mensur Suljovic
Michael van Gerwen 7-5 Michael Smith
Peter Wright 6-6 Rob Cross
Week Two Matches (Glasgow)
(7:15pm) Peter Wright v Michael Smith
Prediction – Peter Wright at 9/5
This should be a very entertaining contest to open the night and the crowd will surely have plenty of reasons to cheer with plenty of big scoring and high finishes almost guaranteed. On recent weeks’ form the win for Peter Wright is suggested as he is expected to gain the points in a close contest.
(8pm) Rob Cross v James Wade
Prediction – Rob Cross at 11/10
A very close battle is expected in this game and former World Champion Rob Cross has been getting better the more he plays in 2019 and is fancied to record his first league win of the new campaign against James Wade who himself has been playing well of late but it’s the power scoring of Rob Cross that may be the crucial factor in this match.
(8:40pm) Raymond van Barneveld v Gerwyn Price
Prediction – Gerwyn Price at 23/20
It was hard not to be impressed with the performance of Gerwyn Price in his opening league win against Daryl Gurney, whilst Raymond van Barneveld played well against James Wade but came-up short in a 7-4 loss in his opening game. If Price can match last week’s performance he should be too good for Barney in this tasty encounter.
(9:20pm) Daryl Gurney v Glen Durrant
Prediction – Glen Durrant at 11/8
A big opportunity for PDC new recruit Glen Durrant to showcase his skills in Glasgow as he takes on “Superchin” Daryl Gurney, having lost in the first round of his opening PDC tournament at the Players Championship 1 in Wigan last weekend to Alan Tabern. He then narrowly lost an epic final in the Players Championship 2 (8-7) to a very much in-form Dave Chisnall. The three-time BDO World Champion is fancied to take the scalp of his Northern Irish opponent in this match.
(10pm) Mensur Suljovic v Michael van Gerwen
Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 7/20
It’s a massive task for “The Gentle” Mensur Suljovic against the World No.1 in the finale in Glasgow as MVG won the Players Championship 1 in Wigan last weekend and was a beaten semi-finalist in Players Championship 2 despite hitting a perfect nine-dart finish in his loss to Jonny Clayton. MVG was a very impressive winner on opening night in a 7-5 win over Michael Smith and should be too good for his opponent in this game.