Michael van Gerwen Goes Top Of The Darts Premier League Following Win In Leeds

Michael van Gerwen Goes Top Of The Darts Premier League Following Win In Leeds

MVG Darts Premier League

Michael van Gerwen
now sits atop the Darts Premier League following a 7-4 win over Simon Whitlock in a week where Rob Cross, Barney & Mensur Suljovic also won in Leeds. Elsewhere, we saw a draw for Gary Anderson but woe for Peter Wright — he suffered a near whitewash to The Big Gentle.

MVG was out of form, missing 16 doubles and averaging only marginally higher than 100. But like the champion he is, won his match even if he required Whitlock to let him off the hook. In fact, The Wizard had been the better of the two for much of the contest, edging 2-0 ahead before the reigning Premier League champion came from behind to win after the Aussie missed two darts to break at 4-4.

In total, a kamikaze Whitlock missed seven double shots before misfiring one final shot at double 20 which prevent the game into a deserved final leg. This allowed Mighty Mike to bank the points to sit comfortably — and ominously — at the top of the table.

Other action from last week

Another Dutchman, the evergreen Raymond van Barneveld was forced to come from behind in his match, this time against Gerwyn Price. Ending 7-5, RVB led early in the match, but a Price recovery soon saw Barney drop two sets back at 5-3. Barney then dug out a 121 finish on double 14 in the very next leg and was soon level thanks to an 80 finish. The former world number one then took out 101 on double top before throwing 89 for the match including a strike on bull.

Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright comfortably checked out for 132 to take the opening leg of his game against Mensur ‘The Big Gentle’ Suljovic before a dramatic collapse saw the Scotsman lose all the remaining legs leading to a humiliating and catastrophic defeat.
The Austrian averaged 103.0 and missed just five darts at double to produce the performance of the night, rallying off seven legs in succession to utterly destroy Wright 7-1, who now sits just one place out of the drop zone.

Although a much closer tie, Gary Anderson narrowly avoided a similar fate in his match against Daryl Gurney. Superchin looked to be sailing towards an upset when he rattled off four legs in succession. From somewhere, Anderson produced a 12-dart leg before losing focus again and allowing Gurney to restore his two-leg lead and guarantee at least a share of the points. A share was all he got in the end as Gurney missed two darts on the final leg that left the door ajar for Anderson to nick a sneaky double 17 and steal a 6-6 draw.

There were no such troubles for World champion Rob Cross, however; he beat Michael Smith 7-5 and now moves into the league’s top four. Victory for Voltage was achieved despite trailing 4-2 and 5-3. The Hastings-born newbie scored four legs in a row in a match where maximums were regularly exchanged — Cross landing five and Smith four. In the end, it was a 121 finish which turned the game Cross’ way.

Darts Premier League betting tips

Matchday Seven takes place this Thursday at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham with coverage available on Sky Sports Action HD and Sky Sports Main Event HD from 1900 GMT.

Fresh off the back of his latest nightmare, Peter Wright meets Michael Smith in this week’s opener. Snakebite suffered an annihilation at the hands or Mensur Suljovic a week ago but can at least draw some comfort from reaching a final on Saturday, even though he lost 6-0 to Gary Anderson. One thing that makes Peter an interesting bet — or a frustrating one — is that he can be very hard to read. Performing brilliantly one minute and horribly the next, his game flip flops more than most. This the main reason that despite a run of horrible results, I’m still going to pick him to win against Bully Boy here. Smith also lost a week back in a match to Rob Cross but had been going strong until then. Will that defeat mean a collapse as he hits a crucial run of fixtures? Possibly, yes, which makes Betway’s line on Wright to win and hit 5 or more 180s a decent price at 7/1.

Another player who was going well until recently was Simon Whitlock, who really should have beaten Michael van Gerwen in his last match. Couple this performance with a run of defeats suggests that he might be better off avoided in this week’s acca, especially as his opponent — Daryl Gurney — has by-far the better one-on-one record of the two. Gurney will feel like he dropped points last week against Gary Anderson, getting a draw when he really should have won. Normally, his record reads that a draw is followed by a loss, but I think things might be different this time around as The Wizard and Superchin begin moving in the other direction position wise. Gurney win.

Next out is Mensur Suljovic and Rob Cross, with the latter having won three on the bounce and the former now on a run of two wins himself. As already noted, Mensur thrashed Peter Wright 7-1 last week and he’s 12/5 to win this match too. He’s playing brilliantly right now and is at last getting the wins he deserves while also posting some great averages. Voltage though is also moving in the right direction, and while this is the toughest game of the night to call, I’m backing Cross to make it four wins in four. Try Cross to win and hit the most 180s with Suljovic to throw the highest average, worth 7/2 at Betway.

Match four of the night pairs Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen, with Price having been unable to score a victory against the world number one in any of their last twelve encounters. MVG has nicely positioned himself on top of the pile now and will now be looking to solidify the top spot. This is a nice match for him to do just that. Try Mighty Mike to win and hit 5 or more 180s at 5/2 for more value.

Finally, Raymond van Barneveld will take on Gary Anderson. RVB is one point ahead in the table right now following Anderson’s late and really rather fortunate point last week. I think The Flying Scotsman will come good again this Thursday. Barney has been inconsistent of late, coming from behind to win more than once, but a slow start in this one could leave him with too much to do. For both value and fun, look out for Raymond van Barneveld to win OR draw, Gary Anderson to hit the most 180s and BOTH players to hit a 100+ checkout, worth 12/1 at Betway.
Also, a five-fold on our picks (Wright, Gurney, Cross, MVG and Anderson) works out at just over 12/1, while players are encouraged to try Betway’s boosted treble of Anderson, Gurney and Wright all to win now 6/1.

  • (11/5) Michael Smith v Peter Wright (10/11)
  • (2/1) Simon Whitlock v Daryl Gurney (1/1)
  • (12/5) Mensur Suljovic v Rob Cross (5/6)
  • (12/1) Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen (1/7)
  • (15/4) Raymond van Barneveld v Gary Anderson (8/15)

Oh, and RIP Jim Bowen, host of the greatest TV game show of all time, Bullseye.

Bullseye with Jim Bowen passes away

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Flying Scotsman Gary Anderson Dents Peter Snakebite Wright’s League Hopes

Flying Scotsman Gary Anderson Dents Peter Snakebite Wright’s League Hopes

Gary Anderson Beats Peter Wright

Last Thursday’s Darts Premier League action in Berlin drew to a close with an epic all-Scottish affair in which Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson needed to win his last three legs against Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright to claim a share of the points.

There was no splitting the pair, even after Anderson shot into an early 2-0 lead and chucking just 29 darts. This included a stunning 150 checkout in the second leg after Wright himself had thrown brilliantly in everything except the required doubles and also after failing to secure the legs he had looked a certainty to close out.

Wright did manage to regain his composure, however, as he landed the next two legs following finishes of 80 and 76. His upturn in form continued as he averaged over 100, stringing together three successive legs in 13, 12 and 15 darts, the last one courtesy of a 120 checkout. Anderson wasn’t to be beaten though and sure enough, back came a two-time world champion, scoring a 12-darter followed by an 11.

Anderson kicked off the final leg with his fifth maximum of the night, but Wright hit back in equally good measure but, with 87 to finish. As is his Achilles’ heel, he left 38 on the board to give Anderson a lifeline which he duly gobbled up, hitting two single 18s and a bull for the required 86 and taking the game to tie.

Other action from last week

In the night’s opener, the two league leaders — Michael Smith and Simon Whitlock — staked their claims for the top spot with Bully Boy Smith coming out the victor. Smith maintained his perfect start to his Premier League campaign with a 7-3 win as both players recorded averages well under 90 and threw a number of wayward shots throughout. That said, Smith managed to hit five 180s and scoring a checkout of 106, making him the worthy winner and new league leader.

Another player moving up the table is Mensur Suljovic, who is finally off the mark after banking his maiden victory in this year’s competition. The Big Gentle’s first points were bagged after he took down a 7-3 victory over Gerwyn Price in which the Austrian averaged over 106. His upturn in form came after he landed three 180s including a checkout of 118 for which Price had no answer.

Michael van Gerwen delivered another darting masterclass, this time in a 7-2 victory over Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney. Despite both players hitting three 180s, it was a typically one-sided match in which Mighty Mike was 6-1 ahead before his counterpart from Northern Ireland had even scored his second leg of the match. MVG averaged over 103 and recorded the night’s highest checkout of 106 as he eased his way to another win and two more points. Betway’s 8/13 price for the overall tournament victory at is unlikely to close in any time soon.

6/1 second favourite at Betway, Rob Cross continued his march up the Premier League Darts table with an impressive 7-3 victory over Raymond van Barneveld. After suffering back-to-back defeats to both MVG and Simon Whitlock in his opening two games, Voltage has again found the rhythm and throwing style worthy of a World Champion, winning last week against Peter Wright and now sending Barney packing too. Cross hit four 180s and averaged 96.46, converting seven of his 10 attempts at doubles, as he takes his points tally to a more respectable four in as many weeks.

  • Michael Smith 7-3 Simon Whitlock
  • Gerwyn Price 3-7 Mensur Suljovic
  • Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Daryl Gurney
  • Rob Cross 7-3 Raymond van Barneveld
  • Peter Wright 6-6 Gary Anderson

Premier League Darts betting tips

Editors Note: Thursday’s Premier League darts action will not take place in Exeter due to adverse weather conditions.

Matchday 5 takes place at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter on Thursday March 1st, and once again those watching at home can find overage of all the action on Sky Sports Main Event HD and Sky Sports Action HD from 19:00 GMT.

Things get started with a tasty looking clash between Gary Anderson and the improving Rob Cross. Gary Anderson has been playing well but he’s taken on the world numbers one and two in the last two weeks and now finds himself up against the World Champ. After securing a point against Snakebite last Thursday in Germany, his mood – and hopefully his back – are improving making this a great game to open with. Anderson’s record against Rob Cross is also very good, going three for three in tour events making it hard to back against the Scotsman.

I’d expect the other Scotsman in the running, Peter Wright, to bank another win and continue his climb up the table in his match against Daryl Gurney. That said, Gurney has won the last four matches against Peter, so all might not be as clear as it would appear. With Wright in such hot form — excusing his dropping of a point last week against Anderson — he is our second pick this week.

Next up is Mensur Suljovic and Michael van Gerwen with the Austrian finally getting some points on the board last week. It’s a shame that just as his form picks up he comes face-to-face with an all-powerful MVG. Suljovic actually won the last contest between the two, but that seems more and more like a one-time only deal. I just can’t see Mighty Mike dropping points here as he looks to hunt down the league leader Michael Smith.

And it’s Smith who plays next as he faces off against Raymond van Barneveld with Bully Boy looking to score five wins in five. I think he will too, as he seems to love this format when he gets the chance. In contrast, Barney is faltering a little bit at the moment. With Rob Cross, Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen to play in his next three matches, Smith is bound to drop points soon, but I doubt it will be this week against RVB.

The night’s closing match is between Simon Whitlock and Gerwyn Price, both losers last time out. For Whitlock, last week represented his first defeat but being in the better position he should be mentally better off to rebound. This is unlike Price who lingers in the drop zone right now. Of course, that one defeat could launch a string of poor results for The Wizard as we have seen in others before. This last pick is purely based on league position alone, I’ll admit. I’m calling a draw – just.

So, a line on Anderson, Wright, MVG, Smith and a Whitlock-Price tie, comes to 51/1, or why not try Betway’s own boosted price of 8/1, up from 7/1, on a treble of Anderson, Wright and Whitlock?

  • (13/10) Gary Anderson v Rob Cross (6/4)
  • (100/30) Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright (4/6)
  • (8/1) Mensur Suljovic v Michael van Gerwen (2/9)
  • (7/5) Raymond van Barneveld v Michael Smith (7/5)
  • (11/10) Simon Whitlock v Gerwyn Price (7/4)

A look ahead to the UK Darts Open

In a busy week of darts, let’s have a quick word on The UK Darts Open, which takes place at the weekend in Minefield. There’s no seeding element for the top players to gain any advantage, and it’s worth noting that it was this event two years ago where Rob Cross, who qualified through a £7 buy-in Rileys Amateur Qualifier in Norwich, first caught the eye in a memorable performance against that year’s eventual winner Michael van Gerwen.

Last year, Voltage was beaten by Peter Wright, who also went on to win and now Cross is among the favourites to win The Open himself. Cross, Wright and van Gerwen, along with others ranked high enough in the order of merit all go in Friday’s round three.

Round one matches consist of players ranked 65-96 plus the 32 Rileys amateur qualifiers who won in knockouts held in Rileys Sports Bars across the UK. Players ranked 33-64 come in at the second-round stage, which also gets underway on Friday. TV Coverage can be found throughout the day on ITV 4.

The pre-tournament favourite is a certain Dutchman who can be backed at Betway for 5/6, followed by Gary Anderson at 8/1 — the same price as Rob Cross and one point in from the 9s available on Peter Wright, who was champion here last year. For others, check out the UK Darts Open sportsbook at Betway now.

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Peter Wright Clashes With Rob Cross On Matchday Four Of The Darts Premier League

Peter Wright Clashes With Rob Cross On Matchday Four Of The Darts Premier League

Rob Cross Beats Peter Wright in Darts Premier League

An angry Peter Wright refused to shake hands with Rob Cross after losing an ill-tempered match in Newcastle last week. Cross registered his first ever Premier League victory over world number two Wright, who was woefully out of form in the game’s closing legs. Snakebite has defeated Michael van Gerwen in the previous match.

Cross guaranteed himself at least a draw after he moved ahead 6-3. Cross then looked to have fluffed his lines when he squandered two match darts in the 10th leg where Wright banked a 101 to keep himself in the game. His mini-revival was not to last long however, as he went on to miss a crucial three darts. This left Cross to capitalise on the opportunity and land a double 16 and with it his first ever Premier League win. The match’s main talking point came shortly after its climax as Wright refused to shake Voltage’s hands, causing an unexplained row for which the Scot has since apologised.

More week 3 action

In the night’s opening match, Mensur Suljovic took on Michael Smith with Bully Boy making it three wins from three in this year’s Premier League. Smith recorded two brilliant finishes of 72 and 68 to establish an early 2-0 lead before The Big Gentle responded brilliantly to level things out at 2-2. Smith wasn’t done there as he reeled off five straight legs, including finishes of 116 and 91, as he marched on to victory. This left the Austrian Suljovic cut adrift at the bottom of the table, without a solitary point so far this campaign.

The second match of the night saw Gerwyn Price fight back from 5-1 down against Daryl Gurney to secure a point against his fellow Premier League debutant. Superchin Gurney initially raced 5-2 ahead but saw his lead chopped back after Price took down 148 which brought the score back to 5-3 before landing the following leg. A superb 136 finish in the penultimate leg was equaled by Gurney, who secured his point following a 15-dart hold in the decider leaving both players inseparable.

In the night’s fourth match, Michael van Gerwen resumed normal service as he brilliantly beat Gary Anderson 7-3. MVG was back to his imperious best, averaging 110.62 and booking seven maximums to secure an awesome 7-3 victory and eradicate the memory of last week’s blip against Peter Wright.

Anderson himself averaged a decent 110.79, which included four 180s along with two 177s. Despite the strong start, Anderson found himself trailing 2-0 after the first two sets, a gap he closed in two legs before edging briefly ahead in the fifth courtesy of a 170 checkout. Mighty Mike equalised in the follow-up set taking the lead soon after. It was an advantage he never threatened to squander, ably assisted by Anderson missing seven darts at the double over the final three legs.

The action came to close after league leader Simon Whitlock maintained his 100% undefeated record by beating Raymond van Barneveld 7-4 in the final match of the night. Five-time world champion Barney had an off night, landing just 4 from 14 shots at the double. In contrast, his rival from Down Under, Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock boasted an medicore 58% checkout success rate that might. On another night that have cost him dear but on this night was enough to secure yet another triumph, making it three wins from three on his Premier League return.

Here’s a complete look at the results from week 3 of the Darts Premier League:

  • Mensur Suljovic 2-7 Michael Smith
  • Daryl Gurney 6-6 Gerwyn Price
  • Peter Wright 4-7 Rob Cross
  • Gary Anderson 3-7 Michael van Gerwen
  • Simon Whitlock 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld

Premier League Darts heads to Berlin

The 2018 Premier League this week heads to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Thursday with coverage underway from 7 pm on Sky Sports Action HD and Sky Sports Main Event HD.

Thursday’s action gets underway with Michael Smith up against Simon Whitlock, the unbeaten League leader with Smith himself sitting second in the table. I keep thinking that Whitlock’s time at the top is up; however, while I’m convinced the bubble will burst soon, I don’t think that will happen this week, even with Smith’s impressive form. Both men were relegated in their last Premier League campaign, but it shouldn’t go unnoticed that The Wizard’s only major title – the European Championship – was collected in Germany, making this happy hunting ground for the Australian.

Next out are Gerwyn Price and Mensur Suljovic, with both men looking to pick up their first win in the event. Despite the Austrian being able to bank on the German crowd’s support — much like Price himself did last week in Cardiff — he has been woefully short of form and the only man to have lost all three games. This performance finds himself at bottom of the table and a favourite for the chop when the cut comes on judgement day five weeks from now. For this reason, I’m siding with the Welshman here to further strengthen his growing reputation in the game.

The night’s third match brings Michael van Gerwen and Daryl Gurney to the oche in a match I just can’t see Mighty Mike losing — and we all know why.

This match is followed by Rob Cross and Raymond van Barneveld, with Voltage finally looking like he is moving in the right direction following his dismantling of Peter Wright a week ago. Barney usually enjoys his time back on the European continent and the German crowd could be too much for Cross, just as the Irish were in Dublin on Matchday One when he crumbled in front of MVG. To be fair to Cross, he has a decent continental record in European Tour events and intriguingly is undefeated against Barney, winning three times. That said, I’m sticking with Barney to come on top in a close tie.

The most anticipated match of the night is the all-Scottish affair between Peter Wright and Gary Anderson which brings the curtain down on the night’s action. The last time these two played was in the Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals when Anderson fell apart and Snakebite was able to come back from 14-8 down to win 16-15.

For this alone, Anderson, evens at Betway, will be smarting and determined to set the record straight. Up one week and down the next, it is never easy to call Peter’s results, but he does usually do well in Germany, winning six tournaments there last year. And while Anderson has the upper hand, he also suffers from an ongoing back issue so I’m going to pick Snakebite in this battle of the Celts. Oddly, in the first three matches, the Scot has a draw, a defeat and just one Premier League win. But what a win it was, inflicting a rare defeat on world number one Van Gerwen two weeks ago, showing just what he can be capable of when he is on form.

You can back Betway’s boosted treble: Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross & Gary Anderson (5/1)

But I’ll be picking this following fivefold, again with Betway: Simon Whitlock, Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright at 92/1.

  • (6/5) Michael Smith v Simon Whitlock (13/8)
  • (7/4) Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic (11/10)
  • (1/4) Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney (15/2)
  • (5/6) Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld (12/5)
  • (2/1) Peter Wright v Gary Anderson (1/1)
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