The 2019 Premier League Darts
Night 14 – Thursday May 02, Manchester Arena, Manchester –
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 withdrew from the Premier League due to 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 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)
Following the double header in Rotterdam, Raymond van Barneveld has been eliminated from what was his final Premier League before he retires at the end of the year.
Night 13 results (Birmingham):
Mensur Suljovic 7-7 Michael Smith
Rob Cross 7-7 Gerwyn Price
Daryl Durney 8-4 Peter Wright
James Wade 7-7Michael van Gerwen
Thursday May 02nd (The format is now slightly longer at Best of 14 legs)
(7:15pm) Michael Smith v Rob Cross
Michael Smith will have to win his final three games and also hope other results go his way if he is to make the play-offs. A win here will guarantee Rob Cross a semi-final spot for second consecutive season. Cross was a bit lucky to get a 7-7 draw with Gerwyn Price last week as Gerwyn squandered four match darts. Michael Smith on the other hand blew a 6-2 lead to only draw 7-7 with Mensur Suljovic. On current form it has to be a Rob Cross victory for me.
Prediction – Rob Cross at 17/20
(8pm) Peter Wright v Mensur Suljovic
Peter Wright will have to win his final three games and also hope other results go his way if he is to make the play-offs. Mensur Suljovic will need a win in this to keep his more realistic hopes alive as well. Peter has being getting back to close to his best form in recent games but lost 8-4 to Daryl Gurney last week while Mensur battled well to come from 6-2 down to get a 7-7 draw with Michael Smith. In a close battle, it’s going to be a Peter Wright win for me after good performances in the Players Championships in Barnsley this mid-week.
Prediction – Peter Wright at 19/10
(8:40pm) Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen
This is a big game for both players, A win is imperative for Daryl Gurney to keep his play-off chances alive, whilst a win for Michael Van Gerwen will guarantee his play-off spot. Daryl Gurney was an impressive 8-4 winner over Peter Wright in Birmingham last week and has beaten MVG in their last two televised meetings. Celebrating his 30th birthday in Birmingham last week, Michael battled well for a draw despite not being on top form against a very much in-form James Wade. The World No.1 (MVG) has promised “He’s not going to beat me again” coming into this game and I’ll take his word and back him up for the win.
Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 3/10
(9:20pm) Jamess Wade v Gerwyn Price
This should be a close and high quality affair as both players come into this match in very good form. James Wade threw away a glorious chance to do the double over Michael van Gerwen in Birmingham last week as he led 7-5 before finishing with a 7-7 draw. Gerwyn Price also threw away a 7-5 lead against in-form Rob Cross to also finish with a 7-7 draw and a share of the spoils. James Wade’s clinical finishing lately (especially on his beloved D10) will most likely be the difference and therefore swings the vote in his favour.
Prediction – James Wade at 5/4
Thursday May 09th Fixtures:
(The FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield)
Michael Smith v James Wade
Mensur Suljovic v Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright