Gerwyn Price Eliminated From The 2018 Darts Premier League

Gerwyn Price Eliminated From The 2018 Darts Premier League

Michael Smith Knocks out Gerwyn Price

Gerwyn Price became the first eliminated from this year’s Darts Premier League and did so with a week to spare as Judgement Night in Liverpool finally comes around this Thursday. The Welshman’s fate was sealed after he lost 7-2 to a vastly superior Michael Smith, who continued his brilliant maiden league campaign.

Sitting pretty with 12 points, Bully Boy has six wins in eight and emphatically put last week’s heavy defeat by the same score line to Michael van Gerwen firmly behind him. Smith averaged 93.84 and banked a lone 180 while treating the crowd to a 160 checkout as part of the 15-darter on his way to victory.

A recap of last week

In the night’s opener, Gary Anderson recorded a hard-fought 7-5 victory over Mensur Suljovic, who remains in danger of elimination this week when he faces Mighty Mike. The Flying Scotsman posted an average of 97.41 and hit two 180s as Suljovic averaged 98.17. The Big Gentle did score a checkout of 124, which he closed on the bullseye, but that was as far the resistance lasted. Before long, Anderson moved 5-3 ahead and followed this up by producing finishes of 140 and 171 to set up a decisive 14-darter and with it the tie.

Michael van Gerwen was in a typically ferocious mood during his 7-2 win over his fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld. The result consolidates Mighty Mike’s place at the top of the Premier League Darts where he currently enjoys a two-point and a +29-leg difference lead over Michael Smith. MVG averaged over 104 and hit 70% of his doubles while claiming six legs in a row after falling behind early. The victory marks the 30th consecutive Premier League match in which the world number one has averaged over 100.

A win for Daryl Gurney pleased the Belfast crowd in match number four. Superchin landed a near-record nine 180s during his brilliant 7-5 win over world champion Rob Cross. This tally was second only to the competition’s record of 11, which has been held by Gary Anderson since 2011. It was actually Cross who averaged the higher score of 100.16. Cross also hit five of his nine double shots, but Gurney — seeking a point to stay in the competition — just had too much for his rival.

Finally, Peter Wright moved out of the bottom two after he came back from 6-3 behind to rescue a point in his match against Simon Whitlock. Following three successive 7-1 defeats, Snakebite — who was runner-up in last year’s competition — went into Matchday 8 second-bottom in the table. Whitlock had initially led 6-3 which secured him at least a point before Wright landed a critical 11-darter to keep his Premier League hopes alive. Requiring double 16 for the match, The Wizard missed to let keep Wright alive. A 120 checkout for Snakebite forced a deciding leg, allowing Wright the chance to snatch a draw — which he duly did. Snakebite is now a point above Mensur Suljovic, who plays MVG next Thursday.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips

This week we’re off to Liverpool’s Echo Arena for Judgment Night after which we will be saying goodbye to another player, having lost Gerwyn Price last week in Belfast. Live coverage of the event can be found on Sky Sports Action HD and Sky Sports Main Event HD from 19:00 GMT.

We begin Judgment Night with Simon Whitlock against the relegated Gerwyn Price, who is now playing purely for pride alone. Whitlock, however, is still very much in the hunt for a top four place as he continues to show good form — enough to beat Price here certainly. If this match is as one-sided as looks, it’s worth picking Whitlock to win and hit the most 180s plus Price to average under 95, which is available for 9/4 at Betway.

Raymond van Barneveld and Michael Smith in match two is a much tougher one to call, but as much as it wouldn’t surprise me to see Barney win, Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith has been in such magnificent form that he deserves to see it continue. I’m betting he will as his confidence must be soaring right now. Neither player will be leaving the competition this round and the main focus is on the battle for survival, so this is all about hustling for position. Siding with Smith, I’m also backing him to hit a minimum of two 100+ checkouts in the match for 9/4.

Match three sees Gary Anderson take on Rob Cross in another very close battle. On paper, it’s Gary Anderson all the way, as we has won all five of their previous games. To be fair to Voltage, he is on a good role — in the league at least — but consistency has been fleeting, while Anderson has slowly but surely been picking up results after a slow start. I can see why the odds are with Gary, but Cross at his best could be ready to finally step up and beat The Flying Scotsman — and that’s what I’m backing him to do.

Everything hinges on the next match, which sees Mensur Suljovic try and pick up the vital points required to keep him in the tournament. It’s a shame for The Big Gentle then that his opponent is the near-imperious Michael van Gerwen. It’s also unfortunate that the match comes as Mensur has been playing a lot better than his position suggests, even if the league doesn’t lie. All the same, it looks like he’s heading out this week. It literally couldn’t be a tougher ask but Suljovic can draw some comfort from the fact that he beat MVG in their last meeting back in October. It probably won’t help though. Jump on van Gerwen to win by over 2.5 legs, average over 100 and hit a 110+ checkout at 9/4.

Having fought back to claim a draw a last week, Peter Wright is still not safe but might very well be by the time he takes to the oche for his match against Daryl Gurney. Either way, he still needs to start putting some points on the board in order to climb the table. It won’t be easy though; Snakebite has lost the last four meetings between the pair and is without a win in six in the Premier League. Superchin, on the other hand, beat Rob Cross last Thursday and again at the weekend. He is showing good form and is under considerably less pressure, which leads me to bank on him to win the match at 7/4. For maximum value extraction, let’s go with Gurney to win and hit the most 180s and both players to average under 100 at 9/2.

Betway’s special boosted treble this week is Whitlock, van Barneveld and Wright all to win at a huge 9/1. Our main line for the week is Whitlock, Smith, Cross, MVG and Gurney for 32/1, also at Betway.

  • (4/6) Simon Whitlock v Gerwyn Price (3/1)
  • (11/8) Raymond van Barneveld v Michael Smith (11/8)
  • (11/8) Gary Anderson v Rob Cross (11/8)
  • (8/1) Mensur Suljovic v Michael van Gerwen (2/9)
  • (7/4) Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright (11/10)
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Michael van Gerwen Goes Clear At The Top After Victory Over Michael Smith In The Darts Premier League

Michael van Gerwen Goes Clear At The Top After Victory Over Michael Smith In The Darts Premier League

Defending champion Michael van Gerwen moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League in Glasgow, following his 7-2 victory over Michael Smith.

On his way to victory, Mighty Mike reeled off seven straight legs to take break throw in the first and take the lead. MVG was relentless after that, winning the following two legs in 14 and 13 darts before a 148 finish gave him a third. The world number one followed this up with a maximum in leg six and another 12-darter, before a 116-finish put the Dutchman just about out of reach. Almost banking a nine-dart finish in the next leg, van Gerwen rounded things off with a 107 finish for the match. In the loss, Smith remains in second, albeit on leg difference.

More action from last week

Birthday boy Daryl Gurney opened the night’s action and finally recorded his first Premier League victory, getting the better of Mensur Suljovic. Before Thursday, Superchin had drawn four from six, but in Scotland found the form he has been looking for. Hitting five maximums on his way to securing a 7-3 result, Gurney saw off the Big Gentle, who has now suffered two defeats in as many weeks.

Elsewhere, Gary Anderson pleased the Scottish support by beating Simon Whitlock 7-4, putting an end to a run of three successive draws. The first two legs went with throw before The Flying Scotsman took control of the game with a 101 finish. The next two legs also went to Anderson, before Whitlock rallied to cut his opponent’s lead in half. Anderson soon moved 5-2 up after The Wizard missed a shot at the bull, before the pair each banked a 13-dart leg. Whitlock held the 10th leg, but it was academic at this point as Anderson secured the win by taking out 74 to maintain his average of 102.68.

Amazingly, Peter Wright suffered his third straight 7-1 reverse, this time to Raymond van Barneveld, leaving him flirting dangerously with the cut. Priced at Betway as 6/4 to miss the cut, Snakebite — who made a European Final in Leverkusen over the weekend — missed four darts in the opening leg and managed to take the third, after which it was all Barney.

We closed the night with the same score line, this time recorded by Rob Cross who brilliantly swept aside Gerwyn Price 7-1. Voltage, who was 9/2 to win his inaugural Premier League title, averaged 103.54 and scored four 180s. Price took the first leg after Cross had missed a bull shot but one leg later the world champion drew level, taking out 143 for a 12-dart leg and with it the lead. He followed this up with a 11-dart leg and then three straight 14-dart legs before a final 66 to put an end to things. Cross now moves level on points with second-placed Michael Smith in the standings.

2018 Premier League Darts table

Here is a look at the 2018 Premier League Darts standings through eight matches.

2018 Premier League Darts Table

The bottom two positions in the standings after Judgement Night in Liverpool on April 5 will miss the cut and be removed out of the competition.

Darts Premier League betting tips

The SSE Arena in Belfast will play host to Matchday nine of the Darts Premier League. As always, the live coverage can be enjoyed on Sky Sports Action & Main Event HD from 19:00 GMT.

Austria’s Mensur Suljovic is the first player out of the blocks this week for a match against Gary Anderson, who showed glimpses of his best form last week while back in Glasgow. Following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League and only one week to go before Judgement Night, the pressure is on Suljovic, who is being kept out of the relegation zone by leg difference only. I think this one should go quite easily to the Scot.

Next up, Michael Smith and Gerwyn Price meet at the oche in another, quite possibly, one-sided fixture. Price has lost the last six tournament matches he’s played, whereas Smith –- save for last week’s brutal beating to MVG -– is having the tournament of his life. I can’t see his form deserting him this week against a bottom placed Gerwyn who must feel as good as gone now. The potential difficulties for the Welshman are reflected in the following punt; Smith to win, hit 5 or more 180s and a 120+ checkout is priced at 10/1 with Betway.

We go double Dutch for match three as Raymond van Barneveld takes on Michael van Gerwen in a game that Michael will expect to win. It should be closer than some of Michael’s other challenges, as Barney seems to thrive in difficult matches — these two have a habit of bringing the best out of each other. That said, should Mighty Mike find his best form, it’s probably worth taking advantage of Betway’s 5/2 offered on MVG to win and hit 5 or more 180s.

The next match is followed by a much tougher game to call, Daryl Gurney v Rob Cross. Daryl finally registered his first Premier League win last week, which was nicely timed as the action moves to his hometown Belfast this week. His rival, Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross is on a run of five straight wins and is playing at his best level since the World Championship back in the deep mid-winter. How well he does here will depend on how he deals with the hostile atmosphere. It’s a toughie, but I’m calling a tie.

After three straight 7-1 defeats in the Premier League, Peter Wright drastically improved at the weekend by reaching the European Darts Open Final and will hope to take that version of himself into this week’s battle against Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock. An early front runner, Whitlock has suffered a run of three defeats, which has seen the Aussie lose momentum and drop down the table. This one could go two ways: Either the original Snakebite turns up, buoyed by weekend form, in which case he should win; Or the other, a much worse version of himself could make a return, which is still very possible. For this reason, I expect the Wizard to take the points. I like the look of Whitlock to win OR draw, hit the most 180s and Wright to average under 100.

On that note, Anderson, Smith, MVG, X, and Whitlock all combine to make 53/1 on the Betway sportsbook. Don’t fancy that? Try the boosted treble; van Gerwen, Cross and Wright to win now 4/1 at Betway!

  • Mensur Suljovic v Gary Anderson
  • Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
  • Raymond van Barneveld v Michael van Gerwen
  • Daryl Gurney v Rob Cross
  • Simon Whitlock v Peter Wright
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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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