Michael van Gerwen Wins Darts Premier League 2019

Michael van Gerwen Wins Darts Premier League 2019

MVG Darts Premier League

On Sunday, for the fifth time in history, Michael van Gerwen lifted the Darts Premier League trophy in London, this time by beating Rob Cross in the final, a week on from the pair finishing in first and second in the table.

MVG takes home another Darts Premier League title

To win the title, the reigning world champion first had to get past Daryl Gurney in the semi-finals and did so courtesy of a 10-7 win. In winning both games, Mighty Mike has now equaled Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor’s record of landing four successive Premier League titles.

MVG, who averaged 103.36, started the final ferociously, racing into a 5-1 lead helped by a 12-darter and a checkout from 112. Cross, who looked like both his opponent and the occasion had got in his head, took a while to get going but eventually picked things up and, for a while, looked like he might make a match of it.

Voltage duly upped his performance and rattled MVG, taking out the next three legs in 13, 12 and 14 darts and giving hope to a dramatic comeback. Just when that seemed to be the case, he wasted a gilt-edged opportunity to level the match when he unfortunately missed three darts from 36 having set himself up on his favourite double. Sadly, he blew it and you got the feeling that it was then or never.

And so it proved it to be, as van Gerwen punished him for the slip and took a slim lead into the interval after which the Dutchman found another gear. He followed a 72 checkout with an 11-darter and with it took a three-leg lead. From there, Voltage was struggling to live with the Dutchman, who had beaten him in seven of their previous eight matches. Cross did manage to claw one back with four legs to go. Of those four remaining legs, MVG polished them all off, finishing the job with a 130 checkout to complete a title-sealing 12-darter.

The runner-up, who last beat Mighty Mike in the 2018 World Championship semi-final, had got revenge on James ‘The Machine’ Wade for the previous week’s defeat that cost him top spot in the table. In their semi-final, Cross claimed a comfortable 10-5 victory over a surprisingly lacklustre Wade. In the other semi, van Gerwen banked a 10-7 win over Daryl ‘Superchin’ Gurney to book his place in a seventh Premier League final.

Darts World Championships 2019 latest

As we’re now reaching the halfway point of the year, with an effective week off before the Darts World Cup gets underway next week, it is a good time to check in on the latest prices for the Darts World Championships at the end of the year at the Alexandra Palace.

It will come as no surprise that Michael van Gerwen, the reigning champion, leads the betting as favourite. At least he hasn’t yet drifted odds-on, and instead online bookmakers Betway have him currently priced at 11/10 for win his 4th world title.

The disheartening thing for the rest of the field is that even off form, MVG is near unbeatable so form almost doesn’t even come into it. On that note, 2019’s forgotten man and twice world champion Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson might be worth a punt 7/1. Let’s also not forget about Rob Cross, who not only has won this event in the past, but is also looking every inch the world’s second best player right now. He is backed at a price of 10/1 which is extremely attractive.

Michael Smith is next in the betting and anyone fancying Bully Boy — who was runner up last year — can get a healthy 16/1. This is the same price quoted for Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, although he needs a much better second half of 2019 if anyone is going to take that price seriously. Speaking of price, Gerwyn Price, aka The Iceman, is 25/1 while James Wade is 28/1. Next up are Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, who has been crowned world champion twice before, is 33/1, as are both Daryl Gurney and Glen Durrant, just ahead of Mensur Suljovic’s 40/1. All prices are at Betway.

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Michael van Gerwen Tops Darts Premier League, Next Stop London

Michael van Gerwen Tops Darts Premier League, Next Stop London

MVG Darts Premier League

After 16 weeks, we now know our four qualifiers for the Darts Premier League 2019 playoffs at London’s O2 Arena. Michael van Gerwen once again topped the table for the seventh time in a row. This year he was made to work for it and victory only came because Rob Cross was unable to beat James Wade and secure the top spot for himself, leading Cross and Wade to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively. They were joined in the last four by Daryl Gurney after claiming a 8-3 victory over Michael Smith.

Now, Gurney must beat MVG in the first semi-final to meet the winner of Rob Cross and James Wade in the final on Thursday night. To be fair, Gurney has beat Mighty Mike twice in the league this season and Wade overcame Cross as recently as seven days ago, so the matches are still up in the air.

A recap of Night 16

MVG, who has never finished lower than first place since making his debut in 2013, banked his win earlier in the night putting the pressure on Voltage as he went in the night’s final match at Leeds. The Dutchman is bidding to win the trophy for the fifth time in his career and the fourth year in a row , quickly went into a 5-0 lead against Mensur Suljovic who needed to win by a margin of 8-3 or more to qualify for the play-offs on leg difference. Despite his challenge faltering, The Gentle dug deep to take five of the next seven legs. The world number one wasn’t to be caught, however, and was soon throwing for the match and an 8-5 victory.

Top spot was secured for Mighty Mike after Rob Cross fell just one match short of becoming only the third player to top the Premier League Darts table after he succumbed to an 8-6 defeat to James Wade. An out-of-sorts Voltage hit three 180s and managed the match-high checkout of 126, but he only averaged 92.39 and wasted 14 of his 20 double attempts. Both players were guaranteed to progress on the night, with only Cross having something to play for. This meant that Wade was the more relaxed of the two but still only managed a 94.4 average himself. The first eight legs went with throw before The Machine, who won this event in 2009, was the first to break throw while up 6-4. Voltage managed to claw back to 7-6 but couldn’t save the game as Wade took the last. Both players meet each other again this week in the second semi-final.

One player who couldn’t afford to be relaxed was Daryl Gurney, who went into his game against Michael Smith knowing he needed a win after Gerwyn Price leapfrogged him earlier in the night after beating Peter Wright. Superchin responded to the challenge superbly, putting in an excellent performance to overcome last year’s runner-up, Bully Boy. Gurney averaged 101.8 and threw five 180s, two more than Bully Boy as he ran out the 8-3 winner. Permutations meant that Gurney could still mathematically be eliminated if results elsewhere went against him, but it wasn’t to be as his victory proved enough.

The night opened with Gerwyn Price booking an 8-3 victory over Peter Wright, but the win proved to be in vain as the other matches didn’t go his way, replaced in the top four by Daryl Gurney. The win meant that The Iceman jumped Gurney and Suljovic in the table, but a win for either would mean elimination for the Welshman and so it proved. Price averaged 98.58 and hit five 180s against Snakebite who averaged 95.61 in an end to a torrid season.

2019 Premier League Darts Table

2019 Premier League Darts Table
1Michael van Gerwen23
2Rob Cross22
3James Wade20
4Daryl Gurney19
5Gerwyn Price18
6Mensur Suljovic17
7Michael Smith10
8Peter Wright9
9Raymond van Barneveld4

Darts Premier League London Playoffs Betting Tips

While Michael van Gerwyn is the 1/5 favourite to beat Daryl Gurney, it’s worth remembering that Superchin has beaten the Dutchman twice in this current league season, making Betway’s 7/2 reasonably tempting. However, the Northern Irishman is making his finals night debut whereas MVG is a regular , and his experience, coupled with the superior overall head-to-head record, should see the Dutchman reach his seventh consecutive Premier League final.

Rob Cross and James Wade will face each other for the second time in as many weeks in the night’s other semi-final. This match could go either way, especially given their 6-6 head-to-head record. But Wade may have the advantage after defeating The Machine last week. That match wasn’t played under normal conditions, however, as both players knew that their place in the finals was secured before the first dart was thrown.

Voltage, who did at least have the motivation of top spot to shoot for, played particularly poorly in Leeds but in truth, The Machine wasn’t much better. Wade does have the big occasion experience of winning this event in 2009 but so too does Cross, who won the World Championships far more recently in 2018. Although this is a tough one, Betway have made Cross the 4/6 favourite and Wade 6/5 for a reason.

On that note, Betway have a boosted bet offer of 9/4 – out from 7/4 – for van Gerwyn and Cross to win their semi-finals and meet in the final where Mighty Mike wins. MVG is the 1/2 odds-on favourite to win a fourth title in a row, which is quite a jump from Rob Cross’ 4/1, especially given Voltage’s performance in the league this season. There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on James Wade, and Betway’s 15/2 is attractive enough for a punt, as is the 10/1 offered on Daryl Gurney to be the overall winner.

Semi-Finals (Best of 19 legs)

  • (1/5) Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney (7/2)
  • (4/6) Rob Cross v James Wade (6/5)

Finals (Best of 21 legs)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2


Venue: The O2 arena, London
: Thursday 23.05.2019
: Best of 19 legs/Best of 21 legs
: Michael van Gerwen
: Sky Sports
: (1900 GMT)

World Cup of Darts 2019 schedule

The draw, schedule and team line-ups for the World Cup of Darts were announced this week. The event will take place at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany from June 6-9 with 32 nations contesting the trophy.

England’s Rob Cross and Michael Smith will be there, as will Scotland duo Peter Wright and Gary Anderson. Sadly, there will be no Raymond van Barneveld in the Dutch line-up. Instead Jermaine Wattimena will team up with Michael van Gerwen.

World Cup of Darts: Team line-ups

Seeded Teams:

(1) England – Rob Cross & Michael Smith
(2) Scotland – Gary Anderson & Peter Wright
(3) Wales – Gerwyn Price & Jonny Clayton
(4) Netherlands – Michael van Gerwen & Jermaine Wattimena
(5) Australia – Simon Whitlock & Kyle Anderson
(6) Northern Ireland – Daryl Gurney & Brendan Dolan
(7) Belgium – Kim Huybrechts & Dimitri Van den Bergh
(8) Austria – Mensur Suljovic & Zoran Lerchbacher


Brazil – Diogo Portela & Artur Valle
Canada – Dawson Murschell & Jim Long
China – Xiaochen Zong & Qingyu Zhan
Czech Republic – Pavel Jirkal & Karel Sedlacek
Denmark – Per Laursen & Niels Heinsøe
Finland – Marko Kantele & Kim Viljanen
Germany – Max Hopp & Martin Schindler
Gibraltar – Dyson Parody & Antony Lopez
Greece – John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis
Hong Kong – Royden Lam & Kai Fan Leung
Hungary – Pal Szekely & Janos Vegso
Italy – Andrea Micheletti & Stefano Tomassetti
Japan – Seigo Asada & Haruki Muramatsu
Lithuania – Darius Labanauskas & Mindauskas Barauskas
New Zealand – Cody Harris & Haupai Puha
Philippines – Lourence Ilagan & Noel Malicdem
Poland – Krzysztof Ratajski & Tytus Kanik
Republic of Ireland – Steve Lennon & William O’Connor
Russia – Boris Koltsov & Aleksei Kadochnikov
Singapore – Paul Lim & Harith Lim
South Africa – Devon Petersen & Vernon Bouwers
Spain – Cristo Reyes & Toni Alcinas
Sweden – Dennis Nilsson & Magnus Caris
United States of America – Darin Young & Chuck Puleo

World Cup of Darts Fixtures

Thursday June 6

  • Gibraltar v Japan
  • Northern Ireland v South Africa
  • New Zealand v Lithuania
  • Belgium v Hong Kong
  • Brazil v Sweden
  • Wales v Singapore
  • Hungary v Germany
  • Scotland v Denmark

Friday June 7

  • China v USA
  • Italy v Canada
  • Poland v Czech Republic
  • Republic of Ireland v Greece
  • England v Philippines
  • Austria v Russia
  • Australia v Finland
  • Netherlands v Spain

Saturday June 8

  • Eight Second Round Matches

Sunday June 9

  • Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final
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Daryl Gurney Beats Michael van Gerwen As Judgement Awaits In Rotterdam

Daryl Gurney Beats Michael van Gerwen As Judgement Awaits In Rotterdam

MVG Daryl Gurney Darts Premier League

There was a shock result in Berlin last week when Michael van Gerwen lost in a surprise 7-5 defeat to Daryl Gurney on night seven of Premier League Darts. It is the second time in a row that the Northern Irishman has enjoyed victory over van Gerwen, having also triumphed in the memorable Players Championship Finals match back in November.

Things started off by Mighty Mike taking the opening two legs before Superchin pulled back the next two to draw level. MVG raised again in leg five but still couldn’t escape Gurney, who won the next two to move into the lead for the first time. Soon after, he doubled his lead before MVG closed the gap to one leg at 4-5. An 86 checkout guaranteed Gurney a point before van Gerwen landed a 93 to send the match into a 12th leg where Gurney hit double top on throw to beat the Dutchman. Gurney closed with an average of 98.71 compared to MVG’s 98.54 but hit two fewer 180s with four.

Recap of other Night 7 action

League leader Rob Cross kicked off the night with a 7-4 victory over Gerwyn Price. It was the second defeat in a row for Price, who up until last week, was unbeaten in the League this season before losing to MVG in Berlin. Voltage, who averaged over 100 for the sixth time this season, finished on Thursday with a mark of 104, opened with a 13-darter to break The Iceman’s throw and take an early advantage before holding his own in leg two. The Welsh Grand Slam of Darts champion then got on the board himself as he chucked an 86 checkout before another 13-dart finish from Cross saw the 2018 World Champion restore his lead. Cross followed this up with a finish on double nine to go 4-1 ahead, before Price broke back, only to lose the next as Cross moved into a 5-2 lead. Price took the next two legs before Voltage came back to take the final two legs for himself, and with it, the top spot in the table.

The next pair out were James Wade and Peter Wright> In true Snakebite fashion, Wright once again conspired against himself to snatch a draw from the jaws of victory. In a match that should have been done and dusted much sooner, Snakebite found himself 5-2 up before long. By the eighth leg, Wright missed three darts at double allowing Wade to get back into the match. Despite missing numerous opportunities to do so, Wade would get more chances as Wright continuously refused to close out the leg. Finally, at the third time of asking, The Machine took his chance and kept his hopes alive. With momentum building, a 65 finish got Wade to within one of his opponent, courtesy of another two more misses from Wright, before the Scotsman would miss yet again leaving Wade to level the match with a shot at double 10. Wade then made it four legs on the spin to move into an unlikely lead before Wright finally rediscovered his aim to salvage a point from a game that should never have been in doubt. In the end, Wright averaged 98.93 compared to Wade’s 98.42.

Mensur Suljovic produced a dominant display in match four as he saw off the challenge from Michael Smith to bank a 7-2 win. It was Bully Boy who took the opening leg with a 75 finish, but that was before the Austrian replied by reeling off five in succession to leave Smith well and truly stunned. Smith did manage to respond in leg seven with an 86 checkout, but a 77 finish from The Gentle took him to within one of victory, which he sealed one leg later.

Raymond van Barneveld finally got off and running in his final Premier League campaign after he beat the latest contender German Max Hopp 7-3 in Berlin. After finding himself a leg down, Barney moved clear in the match before Hopp won back-to-back legs to close the gap to 4-3. From there, Barney seized momentum and produced a moment of genuine magic to take out 170 to inspire a closing finish that went unchallenged. Although the former World Champion remains bottom of the table, his upturn in form, coupled with this week’s doubleheader in his native Holland is well-timed and might even inspire the mother of all survival fights with Judgment Night looming on Thursday after Wednesday’s fixtures, both of which will take place in Rotterdam.

The latest odds to finish bottom on Judgment Night with Betway – before the first of this week’s two nights of action – are as follows.

Raymond van Barneveld is favourite for the drop at an odds-on price of 2/9 and with Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen standing in his way you can see why. Last year’s runner up, Michael Smith is next in line at 7/1, one point lower than Daryl Gurney’s 8/1. From there, the prices drift with Gerwyn Price rated as 50/1, James Wade 100/1, Mensur Suljovic and Peter Wright also available at 100/1.

Darts Premier League Night 8 Betting Tips

Gerwyn Price’s impressive start to the campaign is officially over now that he has suffered back-to-back defeats to both Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross. Smith, on the other hand, is in the midst of a relegation battle after losing dramatically to Mensur Suljovic 7-2 in Germany. There is now only point separating Bully Boy from bottom-placed van Barneveld, who won his match last week. It is a closer relegation scrap than expected and especially surprising given Smith’s second place finish last year. It is still mathematically possible for The Iceman to exit the competition himself this week but extremely unlikely given he hadn’t lost until a fortnight ago, albeit his campaign has been littered with draws. In his latest battle, he can be backed to overcome so we’re going with Price to win in the opener.

The second match of the evening brings us our latest contender in the form of Dimitri van den Bergh, who faces off against James Wade. The Machine has enjoyed a patchy return to Premier League action and was lucky to snatch a point last week against Peter Wright. On form, he is still a formidable opponent and should have more than enough to see off the challenge from Van Den Bergh.

Match three pits Rob Cross against Mensur Suljovic with Voltage now showing himself to be one of the top two players in the world right now. Sitting top of the league by two points and with confidence riding high, Cross should have too much in his locker for The Gentle, who has quietly installed himself as an outside chance for glory. Following three wins in his last four, Mensur now sits in fourth place but any progress is likely to be stalled on Wednesday.

An out of form Michael van Gerwen is out next against Peter Wright with neither player managing to secure a win last week. Van Gerwen failed to take control of a match he led 2-0 as he lost 7-5 to Daryl Gurney while Snakebite blew a lead when throwing for the match against James Wade. However, the Dutchman’s confidence received a boost on Sunday when he beat Rob Cross 8-6 to win the European Tour title, while also hitting a nine-dart finish in his semi-final success over Suljovic. Draw specialist Wright has tied four of his seven matches so far and would love a similar score in the first of this week’s doubleheader events but a return to his homeland for MVG means he is unlikely to get it.

Raymond van Barneveld gave his survival bid a much needed shot in the arm last week in Berlin and now has two nights back home in Holland to pull off a miraculous great escape. The first of these is against Daryl Gurney who last week beat Mighty Mike van Gerwen. All logic says this should be a fairly straightforward win Superchin but romance, not to mention the home crowd, might dictate a win for the departing Dutchman.

One line on Wednesday’s action consisting of Gerwyn Price, James Wade, Rob Cross, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld pays 46/1 at Betway.

  • (6/4) Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith (11/8)
  • (11/10) James Wade v Dimitri van den Bergh (15/8)
  • (10/11) Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic (11/5)
  • (4/1) Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen (8/15)
  • (2/1) Raymond van Barneveld v Daryl Gurney (1/1)


Venue: Rotterdam Ahoy

Dates: Wednesday 27.03.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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