The 2019 Premier League Darts
Week 7 – Thursday Mar 21, The Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin –
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 Gary Anderson has unfortunately withdrawn from the Premier League as he continues to struggle with a back injury.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 Six results (Nottingham):
Nathan Aspinall 2-7 Michael Smith
James Wade 3-7 Mensur Suljovic
Rob Cross 7-3 Raymond van Barneveld
Gerwyn Price 2-7 Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright 6-6 Daryl Gurney
Thursday Mar 21st
(7:15pm) Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross
Prediction – Rob Cross at 6/5
Gerwyn Price has been in top form for the last few weeks and his confidence would have been sky high until he bumped into a back in form Michael van Gerwen in Nottingham last week where “The Iceman” was comprehensively beaten 7-2 by the world number one. Rob Cross has been playing well himself and thanks to a 7-3 win over Raymond van Barneveld last week finds himself level on points with MVG at the top of the table and is fancied to get the win in this match.
(8pm) James Wade v Peter Wright
Prediction – James Wade at 13/8
Two players playing well of late and both are level on seven points in third and fourth in the Premier League table. This will be a closely fought match and lots of big finishes could be on show as both players are rock solid in the finishing department. These two will most likely take the best out of each other and it’s a narrow win for James Wade in this one for me.
(8:40pm) Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney
Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 4/15
Michael van Gerwen got back to winning ways in Nottingham last week with a convincing 7-2 win over an in-form Gerwyn Price. As much as Gerwyn was not on his best form on the night, it’s fair to say that MVG was expected to be on red-hot form and he didn’t let his huge set of supporters down. Daryl Gurney battled back from 6-3 down to get a valuable draw against Peter Wright in Nottingham but his form has been in and out lately and it’s hard to know what Daryl Gurney is going to turn up. Having put two disappointing results behind him with last week’s win it’s hard to see anything other than a Michael van Gerwen win in this game.
(9:20pm) Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
Prediction – Michael Smith at 5/4
Two players who are coming into this on the back of convincing wins in Nottingham last week. Michael Smith was an impressive 7-2 winner over recent UK Open Champion Nathan Aspinall, whilst Mensur Suljovic performed brilliantly to beat the rock steady James Wade 7-3 for what was his second league win of the season. Big scores and big finishes could be on the menu as these two lock horns. On recent evidence I’m confident of a Michael Smith win to move him up the Premier League table.
(10pm) Max Hopp v Raymond van Barneveld
Prediction – Raymond van Barneveld at 6/4
The young German Max Hopp will be relishing his opportunity to taste the Premier League atmosphere and will have the added bonus of a massive home crowd to cheer him on as well. He faces an out of sorts Raymond van Barneveld who currently sits bottom of the league table and is the only player yet to win a game with two defeats and four draws from his six games played. Raymond van Barneveld will see this as a big chance to get his first league win of the campaign and should be good enough to gain exactly that.