The Premier League Darts rolls into week 6 with Michael van Gerwen slipping back to fourth in the standings behind Cross, Price and Wade. Another thrilling night is on the cards at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham and Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the night. 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!
Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall makes his Premier League debut as an unlikely winner of the most recent TV tournament at the UK Open. However, it was hardly vintage, throwing a sub 95 tournament average including just 89 in the final. Michael Smith is throwing three points higher since 2018 and leads the head-to-head 4-1, however, he has just one win in five matches so far. Instead we’d prefer to be with him on throw the most 180s. He’s thrown the most in the league and a whopping 338 compared to Aspinall’s 63 since the start of last year in major events.
James Wade v Mensur Suljovic
James Wade produced a superb performance to beat Daryl Gurney 7-0 in his last match, throwing an average of 109.59 and restricting Gurney to just two darts at a double. Mensur Suljovic meanwhile managed just 95.55 in his 7-4 defeat to Gerwyn Price. League leader Wade has won 71% of his matches over the last 14 months – only van Gerwen and Anderson have won more – compared to Suljovic’s 63% and that is the bet here. No to mention, the Machine won two of their three meetings since the start of last year.
Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld
It was the same old story for Raymond van Barneveld last week with him just being here to say his goodbye’s and not good enough to compete with these players. He averaged just 95 in his defeat to Peter Wright, with his league average sitting at a miserly 93. Rob Cross meanwhile threw nearly 104 in his victory over Michael Smith and tops the overall average for the league. The disparity in averages is a true reflection of their current ability and given Cross has won 4 of their 5 meetings (one draw), the handicap is the preferred route with just one break of throw required.
Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen
It’s now three matches across all majors without a win for Michael van Gerwen as big John Henderson held him to a draw last week. Gerwyn Price continued his fantastic 2019 form with another win to remain the only player undefeated. MVG is a short looking 8/15 favourite here given their year-to-date averages are 99.97 v 100.46. In terms of wins, it’s 83% v 88% and the best bet looks to be in backing Price +2.5 legs, with five legs enough to prevail.
Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney
Peter Wright continued on from the UK Open with a whopping 106.64 average in his victory against RVB. Meanwhile, Daryl Gurney suffered a humiliating whitewash against James Wade with just a 94 average. Since the beginning of 2018, Wright has won 67% of his matches to Gurney’s 61%, and leads the head-to-head 13-7 (two draws), including victory in their last two and so our money has to be with him.
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