Gerwyn Price And Michael van Gerwen Win In Cardiff

Gerwyn Price And Michael van Gerwen Win In Cardiff

Gerwyn Price wins at the Darts Premier League

For once Gerwyn Price enjoyed the support of the crowd as the Welshman beat Michael Smith 8-5 in Cardiff last week.

It was an inspired performance in which the former rugby player hit back-to-back 170 checkouts at the Motorpoint Arena. The first of checkouts drew The Iceman level after Bully Boy had hit a 170 checkout of his own when taking the third. The bottom-placed Smith badly needed a win and forced his way in front twice more only to see The Iceman peg him back again. This was followed by arguably the leg of series, which featured four successive 180s from the pair before Price came out on top. From there, Price had little trouble from a deflated Smith before he closed out the match with an 11-darter.

In the battle for first place, Michael van Gerwen is now in the driver’s seat after putting challenger Rob Cross firmly in his place with an 8-2 demolition job. Voltage started stronger, breaking immediately and racing into a 2-0 lead thanks to an 80 checkout, before the match switched completely as MVG took over. After Voltage missed his shot at tops in the third, Mighty Mike made him pay with a 13-dart break of throw before punishing him completely and reeling off the next seven legs. This left Cross to go the rest of the night without getting another shot at a double.

The scoreline was repeated in the match between James Wade and Peter Wright with The Machine coming up the victor. Wright was woeful again and caused Wade, who remains third in the table, little to no problems. The Machine won five legs in succession from 3-2 up, and before The Machine chucked his match-winning double, Wright had missed eight of his own, which included four in that final leg. Wright, who is famous for switching his darts between — and sometimes even during matches — was using a new wobbly set which made absolutely no difference to his form as he succumbed to his fifth loss of the campaign.

The night’s final match was a playoff battle between Mensur Suljovic and Daryl Gurney with the Austrian just about managing to come out on top in an 8-5 victory. The result gives The Gentle a two-point lead over Superchin as he moves into 4th place with London looming. It was another scrappy affair and either player could have won.

Indeed, Gurney wasted 19 of 24 double attempts that would have made all the difference. He even blew a bullseye attempt for a 170 checkout in the third. It provided Suljovic with the opportunity he needed, duly replying with a close from 100 in 14 darts. Things were all square after six legs before Suljovic landed back-to-back legs in 13 and 14 darts, which established a two-gap lead that would last long enough to guarantee the Austrian a point. Gurney did manage to pull one back but Suljovic soon got himself over the line by taking the following leg and with it the match.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips

With The O2 just a month away now, Mensur Suljovic is firmly in the hunt for a playoff spot in fifth place as he shares points with James Wade and Gerwyn Price. In contrast, Michael Smith, who was the 2018 runner up, is currently bottom and another defeat last week only further dents his chances. Suljovic beat him 7-2 on night seven and with it all to play for, the Austrian could well repeat that scoreline again here in Birmingham.

The night’s second match features the challengers Rob Cross and Gerwyn Price. 2nd place Cross was on the wrong end of a spanking a week ago, while Price — currently in 4th with 14 points — defeated Bully Boy. In truth, come the end of May, I would expect both players to make the final four based on current form, but as things stand this week should see Voltage spark back into life and take the points. That said, don’t be surprised to see the unpredictable Iceman threaten the 2018 world champ who has won four of their six meetings.

The only things unpredictable about Peter Wright right now are his hair colour and choice of dart. His Premier League form has been nothing short of woeful for a man of his talent with little chance of making it to the playoffs. Superchin, on the other hand, is still in the hunt, even if he can be considered an outsider. Both players lost last week but Gurney at least held his own in defeat and should beat Snakebite, who left Cardiff embarrassed at the hands of James Wade.

Finally, Michael van Gerwen takes on James Wade, who is one of three players sitting on 14 points. Mighty Mike stamped his class and his authority on the league last week as he squashed Rob Cross and averaged 107 almost without reply. In contrast in his match, Wade averaged only 94 but still won out 8-2 — the same as MVG — and will be in confident mood having won three PDC titles relatively recently. The Machine also beat Van Gerwen in the Premier League earlier on this season, but the Dutchman will have too much for him on this occasion.

The following line at Betway on Thursday night’s action pays 16/1; Mensur Suljovic, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen.

  • (6/4) Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith (13/10)
  • (10/11) Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price (9/4)
  • (5/4) Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright (13/8)
  • (9/2) James Wade v Michael van Gerwen (4/9)


Venue: Arena Birmingham
Dates: Thursday 25.04.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Michael van Gerwen And Rob Cross Keep Up The Heat In Liverpool

Michael van Gerwen And Rob Cross Keep Up The Heat In Liverpool

Rob Cross Wins again in Darts Premier League

Michael van Gerwen
kept up the pressure on top of the table Rob Cross, after hammering Michael Smith 8-3 at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on Thursday night. Mighty Mike averaged 109.11 in a contest that was a repeat of last year’s final and soon, racinginto a 4-0 lead. Smith finally entered the contest in the fifth, striking back with the first of two 12-darters, the second of which only came after MVG had collected an additional two legs for himself. There was one more leg for Bull Boy before MVG sealed the win with checkouts from 76 and 80 to keep the heat on Cross before their top of the table clash this week.

A Recap of Night 11

It’s Voltage who remains in first place after defeating Peter Wright 8-5 despite suffering from a recent bout of tonsillitis. Having pulled out of Sunday’s Players Championship event, there were fears that the Hastings thrower would also miss out in Liverpool. These concerns proved unfounded, much to Snakebite’s misfortune, who now finds himself one off the bottom. Cross averaged 102, the eighth time in 11 matches that he has recorded a three figure average, while Wright banked just over 100. Cross took out 140 as he marched into a 3-0 lead and before long found himself up 6-2 after he finished with 105. Snakebite threatened a comeback by taking three of the next four legs before Voltage sealed victory with an 11-darter. The 2018 World Champion has now won seven out of his last eight games to retain his cushion ahead of Michael van Gerwen as he moves closer to securing a playoff spot.

Gerwyn Price moved into a playoff position after leapfrogging Mensur Suljovic in a poor quality affair in which neither player averaged higher than 90. Hitting just two maximums each and failing to produce a checkout above 100 between them, this scrappy match was one to forget. Stretching his unbeaten run to three, The Iceman won’t be too bothered as The Gentle’s challenge begins to fade after a poor couple of weeks for the Austrian who was this week shot down 8-5. After falling behind 3-0, Suljovic struck back with four legs on the trot before Price reeled off four of his own. Then they split the final two legs to give the Welshman the points.

Third place in the table belongs to James Wade after he bagged a point courtesy of a 7-7 draw with Daryl Gurney. The Machine was forced to fight back from two down on three separate occasions when at 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3. But after hanging in the game he looked the more likely to emerge victorious as Gurney needed to take the decider to draw level, something he achieved with a superb 10-darter. Wade averaged 90 compared to 104 from Superchin, who will regret his eight missed doubles in one leg while ahead 5-3. That was where the game turned as Wade took three legs on the spin before Gurney hit back with an impressive 11-darter.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips – Week 12

Following his draw with James Wade, Daryl Gurney has continued to stutter in recent weeks but should get back to his winning ways this week in Cardiff. Superchin lines up against Mensur Suljovic, who came off worse in a scrappy match last time out against Gerwyn Price. Neither player is currently in the top four, and in truth neither look as though they will be unless they find form and soon. There are only five weeks remaining, but going by past results, Suljovic has lost both Premier League meetings with Gurney, a record that will likely be stretched to three.

Match two is the big one, Michael van Gerwen versus Rob Cross in a meeting of the top two. Mighty Mike is unbeaten in four matches and easily pushed aside Michael Smith last week. If anything, it was MVG’s best performance in the league so far this year, which is good timing as he takes on Voltage who is also in the form of his life right now. Overall, Cross has a poor record against Van Gerwen, save for the 2018 World championship semi-final. The Dutchman has won 13 of their 16 meetings, winning all four of their Premier League showdowns, so the smart money goes on him.

Next out are Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith with The Iceman expected to bully the Bully Boy in front of his home crowd. The Welsh former rugby player has responded to a run of three straight defeats with a three match unbeaten run, including almost toppling MVG a fortnight ago and beating Suljovic last week. Smith, on the other hand, has been poor all year and is now a point adrift at the bottom of the table. Last year’s runner-up has won 12 of their last 17 matches, but Price is in form and will, for once, be cheered by an enthusiastic home crowd in Wales.

The night’s final action sees James Wade take on beat Peter Wright who has struggled badly in the Premier League this season. Wade, third on leg difference, shouldn’t have any need to worry here as the real Pete Wright is still yet to stand up and it will soon be too late. Away from the Premier League, Snakebite’s form has been superb, claiming three PDC titles in eight days, but the league is the big thing in darts right now and there his form has been appalling. The same thing can’t be said about The Machine who will fancy his chances of banking a win here and so do we.

This week’s Betway Darts Premier League acca is as follows; Daryl Gurney, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and James Wade which pays at 20.87/1.

  • (13/8) Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney (6/5)
  • (100/30) Rob Cross v Michael van Gerwen (4/7)
  • (6/5) Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price (13/8)
  • (6/4) Peter Wright v James Wade (13/10)


Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Dates: Thursday 18.04.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Rob Cross Goes Top As Michael van Gerwen Draws In Belfast

Rob Cross Goes Top As Michael van Gerwen Draws In Belfast

Rob Cross 2019 Darts Premier League

Rob Cross moved back to the top of the Darts Premier League after Michael van Gerwen was unable to match Voltage’s result during Night 10. Cross beat Londonderry’s own Daryl Gurney in Belfast, while MVG could only manage a draw in his match against Wales’ Gerwyn Price after fighting back from 5-1 down.

Cross returns to the league’s summit after playing the role of party pooper against hometown hero Superchin, whom he beat in an impressive 8-4 victory. Former world champion Cross averaged close to 105, which proved too much for Gurney, who won the first leg but soon looked defeated. Feeding only on the few scraps left in the wake of Cross’s mistakes, Gurney struggled as his confidence deserted him before the Englishman put himself 4-2 in front. Voltage followed this up with back-to-back 177’s and a double on the six to further extend his lead. The match was soon over as Cross finished on the bull for 124 and climbed back to the top of the pile by a point as the players head to Liverpool this Thursday.

Other Night 11 action

Cross would have moved two points clear had Gerwyn Price not missed two match darts that would have given him his first career victory over Michael van Gerwen. In an entertaining 7-7 draw, The Iceman raced into a 5-1 lead courtesy of duel breaks of throw and looked like he would finally overcome the Dutchman at the 16th attempt. Price was good value for it too but couldn’t hold on long enough to prevent Mighty Mike’s comeback which reduced the margin to 7-6 and forced the Welshman to throw for the match. MVG’s throwing, particularly at the doubles, was so off on the night that he returned a poor 32 percent checkout rate, the worst of any player on the night. This was in contrast to Price, who only faltered when aiming for the 49 he needed in the last leg in order to win the match.

Mensur Suljovic made it three wins in a row against James Wade after triumphing in a hard-fought 8-6 victory in the opening game of the night. The Gentle, whose famed slow, methodical style visibly annoyed Wade, initially found himself two legs down. The two rivals then matched each other’s game right up until Suljovic, who shot five 180s in the match, broke in the 9th before holding in the 10th to move 7-4 ahead. The Machine replied with a 137 to break back and maybe save a point. The Austrian had other ideas, however, and landed seven perfect darts as part of his finest leg of the match to take the contest and move above Wade into third place in the table.

Finally, Peter Wright notched his fifth draw in ten outings after he tied with Michael Smith for the second time this season. Smith, who remains at the bottom, averaged just north of 100, which was 10 points greater than Snakebite, who is only one place higher in the league. The point did neither player a lot of good, although it is Bully Boy who will feel like he should have done better. Generally throwing impressively throughout the match, he opened up with a first-throw maximum before landing a kill-shot of 108 in the following leg. Despite his superiority though, Smith couldn’t get the break and failed move ahead from his opponent. Both players picked up their game in the latter stages, but the deadlock still couldn’t be broken and the spoils were shared, 7-7.

Darts Premier League Betting Tips Week 11

Match one at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool pits Rob Cross against Peter Wright in a match that already looks decidedly one-sided. Snakebite badly needs a win to turn his lost season around. Despite his struggles, he has proven to be a hard man to beat, drawing half of his matches so far. Cross, though, boasts the better head-to-head record and is playing with much more confidence at the moment. So much confidence in fact that he is top of the table and is likely to still be there come Friday morning too.

Next up is Gerwyn Price who is taking on Mensur Suljovic and is fancied to claim both points on Thursday. The Iceman came close to ending a 15-match losing streak against Michael van Gerwen last week, and despite a little wobble a few weeks back, has played a decent league season so far. Although Price will be gutted he didn’t nick the win, a draw was still a positive result and left him on the fringes of the top four as he pushes on towards London. Suljovic is already in the top four after he leapfrogged James Wade by beating him a week ago but Price has won 10 of their 14 meetings and could well make that 11 this week.

James Wade and Daryl Gurney meet next with The Machine winning only won one of his last five matches including a loss last week. Superchin Gurney also goes into this week’s fixture off the back of a defeat and will be looking for revenge for week five’s whitewash suffered at the hands of the same opponent. Head to head, there is not a lot to split the pair, with Wade winning five and Gurney four so a close game could be on the cards this time. The result is likely to be closer than March’s drubbing, although the winning player could well be the same.

Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith close out the night with Smith still searching for the win he needs to climb off the bottom of the table. Hailing from St Helens, this is the closest thing to a home match for Bully Boy; it’s just a shame that he faces the World Champion at this stage of proceedings. That said, Mighty Mike was well shaken last week in Belfast and needed to survive two Gerwyn Price match darts before saving a point for himself. Smith should have won last week but could only draw against Peter Wright and has lost 27 of his 33 meetings with MVG, who should take all the points once again.

All of which means that this week’s four-fold accumulator with Betway is as follows; Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, James Wade v Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen which pays 12.65/1.

  • (5/6) Rob Cross v Peter Wright (5/2)
  • (13/10) Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic (6/4)
  • (6/5) James Wade v Daryl Gurney (13/8)
  • (5/1) Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen (4/11)


Venue: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Dates: Thursday 11.04.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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