PL Darts Tips: More magic from MVG and Mensur in Birmingham?
Former Alexandra Palace finalists Michael Smith and Peter Wright are supping at the last chance saloon as the Premier League moves onto Week 12 in Birmingham.
Both have endured a nightmare time of it on the PDC’s annual roadshow. Defeats against Mensur Suljovic and Daryl Gurney tonight would spell the end of their respective Finals Night hopes.
Can they resurrect their chances? We’ve previewed this week’s fixtures in our Premier League Darts Tips.
Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith
Our traders can barely split Suljovic and Smith. The former is priced at 6/4 with the latter at 6/5. That’s something of a surprise given the Gentle is six points better off in the Premier League table.
He’s in better form too. The Austrian has won five of his last seven matches, while Smith has lost three of his last four. Bully Boy did look better last week but still came up short when losing 8-5 to Gerwyn Price.
That doesn’t bode well for this one. Suljovic is 6/1 to inflict another 8-5 defeat on Smith, who is 11/10 to continue his barren run with Under 3.5 180s.
Rob Cross v Gerwyn Price
These two served up a corker in Berlin a month ago. We’re expecting more of the same here. Both are in exceptional form and with their stats suggesting an even match, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Draw at 7/2.
They served up four 180s apiece on that occasion. With a combined 78 between them across the season, we’ve got Over 7.5 maximums at Evens, while we go 9/2 about a Draw where the lipstick is concerned.
Daryl Gurney v Peter Wright
It’s been a Premier League to forget for Wright. Not only has he picked up just eight points and one win across the season, last week in Cardiff he turned to spring-loaded darts. That change did not bear fruit.
Another switch is unlikely to work this week either. Gurney is in marginally better form but has struggled on his doubles. He’s 1/2 on the Double Chance or 6/5 to win outright.
Neither man has been particularly prolific where the T20 bed is concerned either. We go 5/6 about Under 5.6 180s and 4/7 for there not to be a maximum in the first leg of the match.
James Wade v Michael van Gerwen
The Machine has been in terrific nick this season. But Michael van Gerwen in his current form is different gravy. MVG has averaged 107.87 and 109.11 in consecutive weeks. He’s sharpened up his finishing too.
The Green Machine checked out over 60% of his doubles in Liverpool and Cardiff. If he turns up in a similar mood tonight, it’s difficult to see Wade being able to live with the 4/9 shot.
Van Gerwen makes for an interesting proposition at 6/5 on the -3.5 Handicap, although Wade could get his own back in the 180 market at 11/5 against an opponent who often switches downstairs.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing