The 2019 Premier League Darts
Week 4 – Thursday Feb 28, Westpoint, Exeter –
The 2019 Premier League season began on Thursday Feb 07th, 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 Gary Anderson has unfortunately withdrawn from the Premier League as he continues to struggle with a back injury.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 Three results (Dublin):
Gerwyn Price 6-6 James Wade
Steve Lennon 5-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Rob Cross
Michael Smith 5-7 Daryl Gurney
Mensur Suljovic 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Thursday Feb 28th
(7:15pm) Luke Humphries v Gerwyn Price
Prediction – Gerwyn Price at 15/20
Luke Humphries who had a terrific run in the World Championships is the latest player to get a taste of the Premier League atmosphere as he faces Gerwyn Price in the opening game in Exeter. The fact that all of the stand-in throwers have performed very well so far bodes well for Cool Hand Luke, however Gerwyn Price battled back for a 6-6 draw against James Wade in Dublin last week and he is strongly fancied to get the win in this match. The Iceman also proved his current good form by winning both Players Championships last weekend in Barnsley.
(8pm) Daryl Gurney v Rob Cross
Prediction – Rob Cross at 23/20
Daryl Gurney has started the Premier League off very well with back-to-back wins since his opening night defeat sees him second in the league table. Rob Cross has a draw a win and a loss from his three games played and despite losing 7-2 to Michael van Gerwen in Dublin last week he is expected to bounce back and take the win against his in-form opponent in this match.
(8:40pm) Mensur Suljovic v Peter Wright
Prediction – Peter Wright at 11/8
This should be a good battle and lots of big finishes could be on the menu with both these players known for taking out high out-shots. Mensur has two draws and a loss from his three games whilst Peter Wright has two draws and a win from his opening three league matches. Having come from 3-0 down to win 7-5 in a very difficult game against Ireland’s Steve Lennon in front of a noisey home crowd in Dublin last week, a Peter Wright win is fancied in this exciting game.
(9:20pm) Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 3/10
World Number one Michael van Gerwen sits proudly on top of the Premier League table with a 100% (three from three) record in his opening games played. He faces James Wade who has a win, loss and draw in his games played so far in the league. Having throwing away a 5-2 lead to draw 6-6 with Gerwyn Price in Dublin last week, it’s difficult to see James Wade having enough to get anything out of this match against MVG.
(10pm) Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld
Prediction – Michael Smith at 8/13
Michael Smith finds himself bottom of the league table after three weeks of action, which not many people would have predicted before the tournament began. But one draw and two losses see’s Bully Boy not in the position he would want to be in and he badly needs to regain his usual high standard of form as he takes on Raymond van Barneveld who himself has been struggling to get a win so far in the league with one loss and two draws from his opening three appearances. Michael Smith is strongly fancied to get the win in this which he will be hoping will see him climb the Premier League table. Bullyboy is recovering from a busted abscess in his groin but said he is fit and ready for battle.