The Premier League Darts rolls into week 2 with some more exciting action to get behind. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the second round and don’t forget to head over to our FanBoosts section for more value with our enhanced odds.
Peter Wright v Michael Smith
Both these players got off to winless starts last week but crucially there was a noticeable difference in performance levels as Peter Wright posted a 101.56 average to Michael Smith’s 95.23. Over the last 12 months both players have won 68% of their matches but the odds say Smith is clearly the better player. Yet Wright leads their head-to-head 15-8 and has won the last three meetings between them including twice already this month.
Rob Cross v James Wade
James Wade did as his machine nickname suggests and won four legs on the bounce from a break down to beat RVB last week. Rob Cross only drew and it’s the Machine’s consistent nature which is favoured here. Wade has won 71% of his matches over the last year, compared to Cross’ 67%. The head-to-head stands at 5-5 but crucially Wade won four of their five meetings last year.
Raymond van Barneveld v Gerwyn Price
Barney’s fragility showed as he crumbled from a break up last week. Gerwyn Price meanwhile displayed the opposite coming back from 2-0 down to win with a mightily impressive 104.11 average, throwing six 180s. This is 7th v 29th in the PDC Order of Merit (prize money won over the last two years), and that is not reflected in the odds.
Daryl Gurney v Glen Durrant
Glen Durrant makes his Premier League debut and first TV appearance since switching to the PDC. However, he’s already used to competing in these types of venues having represented the BDO at the Grand Slam of Darts. He comes into this in red hot form having made the final of the Players Championship 2 on Sunday to follow up on his BDO World Championship victory. He already has TV wins v Simon Whitlock, Dave Chisnall and Peter Wright, and in a tight betting heat is fancied to get the better of an inconsistent Daryl Gurney who has only won four of his 17 Premier League matches.
Mensur Suljovic v Michael van Gerwen
As always, it’s tough to find value in MVG matches, especially when siding with the Green Machine is the logical choice. He threw yet another impressive three-figure average last week – recording 104.98. He threw five 180s but so did Suljovic in his draw with Chris Dobey, so entering the side markets looks risky. Instead it makes sense to take the handicap. MVG won this match 7-4 last season with a 106 – 95 average, despite only a 29% checkout rate.
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