The Premier League Darts rolls into week 8 with Rob Cross back at the top of the standings ahead of Michael van Gerwen. Another thrilling night is on the cards from Rotterdam 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!
Gerywn Price v Michael Smith
A tough opening encounter to call again this week as 6th plays 8th. Both players have won twice out of a combined 14 matches. Gerwyn Price is the better player this year, he made the quarter-finals of the European Tour at the weekend, only to lose to the eventual winner van Gerwen in the final leg. Smith was knocked out in round two but leads their head-to-head 11-5. The odds are close so it makes sense to follow that with a speculatively play the draw.
James Wade v Dimitri van den Bergh
James Wade continued his Machine-esque consistency with a 98 average last week in his draw with Peter Wright and again in making the quarter-finals of the European Tour. No contender is yet to win a match in seven attempts this season and Dimitri van den Bergh comes into this on the back of a 6-0 whitewash to Daryl Gurney in Leverkusen. Whilst performing well on the floor, van den Bergh is not showing the same consistency in ranked events, winning only 59% of his matches compared to Wade’s 70%.
Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic
Two players in good form here but it’s the Englishman that has firmly established himself as standout 2nd best player in the world. Top of the table with five wins out of seven, Cross made the final of the European Tour at the weekend only to lose to an inspired Michael van Gerwen 8-6. Suljovic was also defeated by MVG, this time in the semi-finals, but only averaged 88. Overall this year Cross, is averaging 100.28 to Suljovic’s 96.58, winning 76% of his ranked matches to the Austrian’s 67%. In ranked matches Cross leads the head-to-head 4-2, including winning their only Premier League meeting 7-2.
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright made the semi-finals of the European Tour, but he’s only won two of his seven Premier League matches which isn’t surprising given he’s only averaging 95.65. Michael van Gerwen bounced back from his defeat to Daryl Gurney last week by winning the European Tour with an outstanding tournament average of 101.18. His Premier League average is 101.09 to show the consistent high level he’s regularly playing at. MVG has won 78% of his matches against Wright, but has only won four of the most recent nine. It comes down to preference here, either MVG wins comfortably or Snakebite causes an upset – take your pick!
Raymond van Barneveld v Daryl Gurney
Raymond van Barneveld picked up his 1st win of the season last week but it was a) against a contender and b) he only averaged 90. He unsurprisingly followed that up with a 1st round exit in the European Tour, averaging only 91.46, while overall in the Premier League it’s just 92.21. Daryl Gurney impressively came back from 2-0 down to beat MVG last week and followed it up by making the quarter-finals in Leverkusen. In-comparison, he’s averaging 99.40 overall in the Premier League and beat RVB last time they met 7-3.
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