The 2019 Premier League Darts
Night 16 – Thursday May 16, First Direct Arena, Leeds –
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 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.
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 15 results (Sheffield):
Michael Smith 7-7 James Wade
Mensur Suljovic 4-8 Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney 7-7 Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen 8-1 Peter Wright
Thursday May 16th (Best of 14 legs)
(7:15pm) Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
Prediction – Gerwyn Price at 13/10
Gerwyn Price has been in the spotlight over the last few weeks. He refused to shake hands with James Wade two weeks ago and was again involved in a heated confrontation in Sheffield last week after a fiery altercation with Daryl Gurney. He will be hoping to be in the spotlight for the right reasons in Leeds this evening as he needs a win and then has to rely on Suljovic and Gurney not winning. Peter Wright who can’t make the play-offs will not make it easy for Price but a Gerwyn Price win is the way to go in this one.
(8pm) Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Prediction – Michael Smith at 7/5
Daryl Gurney comes into this after a heated 7-7 draw with Gerwyn Price in Sheffield last Thursday. Gurney admitted afterwards that he probably overreacted due to the importance of the game. He needs to win this or to better the results of Price and Suljovic to make the play-offs. He faces Michael Smith who is already out of contention for a play-off spot. The reaction by Gurney after last week’s draw with Price tells me that he’s feeling the pressure and a Michael Smith with nothing to play for may be just too dangerous and good for the Northern Irishman.
(8:40pm) Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
Prediction – Michael van Gerwen at 2/7
Michael van Gerwen has made no secret of the fact that he wants to finish top of the league and deny current league leader Rob Cross that privilege. A win here will also most probably deny his opponent a play-off spot as well. Mensur’s small chances of getting a spot hinge on him getting a better result than both Gurney and Price. A convincing Michael van Gerwen win is the safest way to go in this match for me.
(9:20pm) James Wade v Rob Cross
Prediction – Rob Cross at Evs
James Wade will qualify with a win or a draw in this, he will also be already qualified before he even makes the stage if either Daryl Gurney or Mensur Suljovic fail to win. Rob Cross is bidding to join a small elite group of table toppers at the end of a Premier League season before finals night in London next week. Judging by his fantastic form throughout the league process, it will be a Rob Cross victory to see him finish top of the table which I feel he deserves after a fantastic league campaign.
Thursday May 23rd Fixtures:
(The O2, London)
Finals night with fixtures to be confirmed.