The 2019 Premier League Darts
Night 11 – Thursday April 11, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool –
The 2019 Premier League season began on Thursday Feb 07th, with 17 nights of top-class action running from February to May.
The season included Judgement night after nine weeks of action, where the bottom two players in the league table were eliminated and it will all come to a fascinating climax at the O2 in London on Thursday May 23rd.
The players taking part in this year’s Premier League were 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 Gary Anderson has unfortunately withdrawn from the Premier League as he continues to struggle with a back injury.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 decided that nine different players would replace Gary Anderson at each of the nine different venues on each of the first nine weeks of action.
The replacements were 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)
Following the double-header in Rotterdam last week, Raymond van Barneveld was eliminated in what was his final Premier League before he retires at the end of the year.
Night Ten results (Belfast):
Mensur Suljovic 8-6 James Wade
Michael Smith 7-7 Peter Wright
Rob Cross 8-4 Daryl Gurney
Michael van Gerwen 7-7 Gerwyn Price
Thursday April 011th (The format is now slightly longer at Best of 14 legs)
(7:15pm) Rob Cross v Peter Wright
Prediction – Rob Cross at 5/6
Rob Cross currently sits top of the league following an impressive win over hometown boy Daryl Gurney in Belfast last week and is playing the most consistently of all the players over the past few weeks. His opponent Peter Wright won the last leg of his match to earn a hard fought draw with Michael Smith (Their second draw in the league this season) and currently sits seventh in the league table, two points out of the play-off places. On current form it has to be a Rob Cross win in this match.
(8pm) Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic
Prediction – Gerwyn Price at 13/10
This should be a close fought encounter with both players coming into the match in good form. Mensur earned himself a hard fought 8-6 win over James Wade last Thursday in Belfast, whilst Gerwyn threw away a big lead and a big chance to beat the World No.1 Michael van Gerwen, eventually having to settle for a 7-7 draw. A tough one to call, but with Gerwyn needing the win that little bit more than Mensur, that is enough to sway the call for him to get the victory.
(8:40pm) James Wade v Daryl Gurney
Prediction – James Wade at 6/5
Both players come into this game on the back of disappointing defeats in Belfast last week. James Wade has been playing well of late but looked a bit under par when losing to Mensur Suljovic, while the hometown pressure may well have been a factor in Daryl Gurney’s disappointing 8-4 loss to Rob Cross. Two very good finishers here should provide an exciting match and it will probably come down to who can produce the more consistent high scores, which pushes me to predict a narrow win for James Wade.
(9:20pm) Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen
Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 4/11
The final game of the evening in Liverpool should be a cracker. Michael Smith has been below his usual high standard in the last few weeks and his finishing in particular was poor in last Thursday’s 7-7 draw with Peter Wright. MVG was also well below his best last week but still managed to battle back and snatch a draw against Gerwyn Price. Michael Smith really needs to win this if he has any chance of making the play-off’s whilst Michael van Gerwen will be looking to take the win that could put him back top of the table. In what should be a high-quality contest, it’s a narrow Michael van Gerwen win in this one for me.
Thursday Aril 18th Fixtures:
(Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff)
Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney
Rob Cross v Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v James Wade