The Premier League Darts roadshow continues Thursday with week 16 from the First Direct Arena in Leeds with Rob Cross still at the top of the standings ahead of Michael van Gerwen following the Sheffield leg. Form Labs cast their eye over another night of action with their betting preview and tips and if you are after some value then why not head over to our FanBoosts below and check out our selection of enhanced odds. For new customers we have something for you as well with our Bet £20 Get £20 offer which you can claim below!
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
It was yet another defeat for Peter Wright as he was obliterated 8-1 by Michael van Gerwen, meaning it’s just two wins out of 15 for Snakebite in the Premier League this season. Gerwyn Price, meanwhile, missed a match dart and had to settle for a draw with Daryl Gurney. There’s a big difference in success this year with Price winning 72% of his matches compared with Wright’s 57%. The Welshman won their last match and it was no surprise Wright averaged just 88.
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
It was another winless week for Michael Smith meaning it’s just three wins in 15 for Bully Boy, who also lost in just the 3rd round of the European Grand Prix on the weekend. Daryl Gurney picked up a point to keep his play-off hopes alive and has been the much more consistent player this year, winning 66% of his matches compared to Smith’s 59%. Super Chin won their previous Premier League encounter and is favoured again despite only being slight favourite.
Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
For someone who has only won 60% of his PL matches this season (9 of 15), 1.29 looks very short for Michael van Gerwen against 4th place Mensur Suljovic. Suljovic himself has won just two fewer than the Green Machine and MVG comes into this having been beaten in the quarter-finals in Germany at the weekend. The Austrian was beaten last week but still averaged 98.59. Being offered +3.5 handicap looks sensible, especially as their last meeting in March was only a 7-5 win for van Gerwen.
James Wade v Rob Cross
A really tough game to call between 3rd and 1st with both players losing just three matches this season. Looking at their performance data for the year, there isn’t a lot to suggest the odds here are wrong. Cross is averaging 99.48 and Wade 97.25. The Machine has a better win % – 75% to 71% – but that doesn’t take into account the strength of the opposition. Looking at the head-to-heads, there isn’t much to choose either with Cross leading 6-5. All in all it looks too difficult to choose a winner at the odds, and with Wade drawing the most games in the league with six (40%), the draw looks worth a speculative bet.
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