Week 6 – Thursday Mar 14, The Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham –
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 Gary Anderson has unfortunately withdrawn from the Premier League as he continues to struggle with a back injury.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 Five results (Aberdeen):
Michael Smith 3-7 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 0-7 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 3-7 Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld 3-7 Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen 6-6 John Henderson
Thursday Mar 14th
(7:15pm) Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith
Prediction – Michael Smith at 20/21
Nathan Aspinall could not be coming into this match with any more confidence having won his first major by taking the UK Open just a few weeks ago. He faces Michael Smith who was a beaten semi-finalist at the UK Open and was comprehensively beaten by Rob Cross in both that semi-final and again in the Premier League in Aberdeen last week. The Asp will be well fancied by many to cause an upset in this but it’s a return to form and a win for Michael Smith for me.
(8pm) James Wade v Mensur Suljovic
Prediction – James Wade at Evs
This is an exciting match to look forward to and Mensur Suljovic will need to perform a lot better than he did in his 7-3 defeat to Gerwyn Price in Aberdeen last Thursday as he faces a very much in-form James Wade who handed out a rare 7-0 thrashing to Daryl Gurney in front of the Aberdeen crowd. James has looked back to his best in recent matches. He should be confident of taking the points in this match against a player who is not playing to his latest high standard lately and therefore it’s James Wade who is fancied to win this match and continue his good form.
(8:40pm) Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld
Prediction – Rob Cross at 40/85
A beaten finalist in the recent UK Open and a very convincing 7-3 winner over Michael Smith in Aberdeen last week shows the form of former world champion Rob Cross as he faces Raymond van Barneveld who is currently bottom of the Premier League table in what is his final season in the PDC. Barney was on the wrong end of a 7-3 result to Peter Wright in his latest league game and will need to be in top-form if he is to get anything out of this match. On current form it has to be a Rob Cross victory.
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(9:20pm) Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen
Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 40/85
It’s fair to say that “The Iceman” Gerwyn Price is the most in-form player on the PDC circuit in recent weeks with back-to-back players championship wins and a run to the semi-final of the UK Open where he lost out narrowly to eventual winner Nathan Aspinall. He also performed brilliantly in a convincing 7-3 win over Munsur Suljovic in Aberdeen last week and he meets the World No.1 at what many people will think is a good time having lost to Mervyn King at the UK Open and losing and drawing in his last two league games. However I think we will see a wounded MVG pumped and ready to regain winning ways by taking the win in what should be a very tight and high quality contest.
(10pm) Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney
Prediction – Peter Wright at Evs
This match sees two players who haven’t been in top-form lately face each other. Both will fancy their chances of taking all the points. Peter Wright was a convincing 7-3 winner over Raymond van Barneveld last week in Aberdeen where as his opponent Daryl Gurney was on the wrong end of a rare 7-0 result against James Wade. If both players turn-up on top-form we are in for a cracking game to finish the programme in Nottingham. On current form and results it has to be a win for Peter Wright in this one for me.