Michael van Gerwen And Rob Cross Keep Up The Heat In Liverpool

Michael van Gerwen And Rob Cross Keep Up The Heat In Liverpool

Rob Cross Wins again in Darts Premier League

Michael van Gerwen
kept up the pressure on top of the table Rob Cross, after hammering Michael Smith 8-3 at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena on Thursday night. Mighty Mike averaged 109.11 in a contest that was a repeat of last year’s final and soon, racinginto a 4-0 lead. Smith finally entered the contest in the fifth, striking back with the first of two 12-darters, the second of which only came after MVG had collected an additional two legs for himself. There was one more leg for Bull Boy before MVG sealed the win with checkouts from 76 and 80 to keep the heat on Cross before their top of the table clash this week.

A Recap of Night 11

It’s Voltage who remains in first place after defeating Peter Wright 8-5 despite suffering from a recent bout of tonsillitis. Having pulled out of Sunday’s Players Championship event, there were fears that the Hastings thrower would also miss out in Liverpool. These concerns proved unfounded, much to Snakebite’s misfortune, who now finds himself one off the bottom. Cross averaged 102, the eighth time in 11 matches that he has recorded a three figure average, while Wright banked just over 100. Cross took out 140 as he marched into a 3-0 lead and before long found himself up 6-2 after he finished with 105. Snakebite threatened a comeback by taking three of the next four legs before Voltage sealed victory with an 11-darter. The 2018 World Champion has now won seven out of his last eight games to retain his cushion ahead of Michael van Gerwen as he moves closer to securing a playoff spot.

Gerwyn Price moved into a playoff position after leapfrogging Mensur Suljovic in a poor quality affair in which neither player averaged higher than 90. Hitting just two maximums each and failing to produce a checkout above 100 between them, this scrappy match was one to forget. Stretching his unbeaten run to three, The Iceman won’t be too bothered as The Gentle’s challenge begins to fade after a poor couple of weeks for the Austrian who was this week shot down 8-5. After falling behind 3-0, Suljovic struck back with four legs on the trot before Price reeled off four of his own. Then they split the final two legs to give the Welshman the points.

Third place in the table belongs to James Wade after he bagged a point courtesy of a 7-7 draw with Daryl Gurney. The Machine was forced to fight back from two down on three separate occasions when at 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3. But after hanging in the game he looked the more likely to emerge victorious as Gurney needed to take the decider to draw level, something he achieved with a superb 10-darter. Wade averaged 90 compared to 104 from Superchin, who will regret his eight missed doubles in one leg while ahead 5-3. That was where the game turned as Wade took three legs on the spin before Gurney hit back with an impressive 11-darter.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips – Week 12

Following his draw with James Wade, Daryl Gurney has continued to stutter in recent weeks but should get back to his winning ways this week in Cardiff. Superchin lines up against Mensur Suljovic, who came off worse in a scrappy match last time out against Gerwyn Price. Neither player is currently in the top four, and in truth neither look as though they will be unless they find form and soon. There are only five weeks remaining, but going by past results, Suljovic has lost both Premier League meetings with Gurney, a record that will likely be stretched to three.

Match two is the big one, Michael van Gerwen versus Rob Cross in a meeting of the top two. Mighty Mike is unbeaten in four matches and easily pushed aside Michael Smith last week. If anything, it was MVG’s best performance in the league so far this year, which is good timing as he takes on Voltage who is also in the form of his life right now. Overall, Cross has a poor record against Van Gerwen, save for the 2018 World championship semi-final. The Dutchman has won 13 of their 16 meetings, winning all four of their Premier League showdowns, so the smart money goes on him.

Next out are Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith with The Iceman expected to bully the Bully Boy in front of his home crowd. The Welsh former rugby player has responded to a run of three straight defeats with a three match unbeaten run, including almost toppling MVG a fortnight ago and beating Suljovic last week. Smith, on the other hand, has been poor all year and is now a point adrift at the bottom of the table. Last year’s runner-up has won 12 of their last 17 matches, but Price is in form and will, for once, be cheered by an enthusiastic home crowd in Wales.

The night’s final action sees James Wade take on beat Peter Wright who has struggled badly in the Premier League this season. Wade, third on leg difference, shouldn’t have any need to worry here as the real Pete Wright is still yet to stand up and it will soon be too late. Away from the Premier League, Snakebite’s form has been superb, claiming three PDC titles in eight days, but the league is the big thing in darts right now and there his form has been appalling. The same thing can’t be said about The Machine who will fancy his chances of banking a win here and so do we.

This week’s Betway Darts Premier League acca is as follows; Daryl Gurney, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and James Wade which pays at 20.87/1.

  • (13/8) Mensur Suljovic v Daryl Gurney (6/5)
  • (100/30) Rob Cross v Michael van Gerwen (4/7)
  • (6/5) Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price (13/8)
  • (6/4) Peter Wright v James Wade (13/10)


Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Dates: Thursday 18.04.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Rob Cross Goes Top As Michael van Gerwen Draws In Belfast

Rob Cross Goes Top As Michael van Gerwen Draws In Belfast

Rob Cross 2019 Darts Premier League

Rob Cross moved back to the top of the Darts Premier League after Michael van Gerwen was unable to match Voltage’s result during Night 10. Cross beat Londonderry’s own Daryl Gurney in Belfast, while MVG could only manage a draw in his match against Wales’ Gerwyn Price after fighting back from 5-1 down.

Cross returns to the league’s summit after playing the role of party pooper against hometown hero Superchin, whom he beat in an impressive 8-4 victory. Former world champion Cross averaged close to 105, which proved too much for Gurney, who won the first leg but soon looked defeated. Feeding only on the few scraps left in the wake of Cross’s mistakes, Gurney struggled as his confidence deserted him before the Englishman put himself 4-2 in front. Voltage followed this up with back-to-back 177’s and a double on the six to further extend his lead. The match was soon over as Cross finished on the bull for 124 and climbed back to the top of the pile by a point as the players head to Liverpool this Thursday.

Other Night 11 action

Cross would have moved two points clear had Gerwyn Price not missed two match darts that would have given him his first career victory over Michael van Gerwen. In an entertaining 7-7 draw, The Iceman raced into a 5-1 lead courtesy of duel breaks of throw and looked like he would finally overcome the Dutchman at the 16th attempt. Price was good value for it too but couldn’t hold on long enough to prevent Mighty Mike’s comeback which reduced the margin to 7-6 and forced the Welshman to throw for the match. MVG’s throwing, particularly at the doubles, was so off on the night that he returned a poor 32 percent checkout rate, the worst of any player on the night. This was in contrast to Price, who only faltered when aiming for the 49 he needed in the last leg in order to win the match.

Mensur Suljovic made it three wins in a row against James Wade after triumphing in a hard-fought 8-6 victory in the opening game of the night. The Gentle, whose famed slow, methodical style visibly annoyed Wade, initially found himself two legs down. The two rivals then matched each other’s game right up until Suljovic, who shot five 180s in the match, broke in the 9th before holding in the 10th to move 7-4 ahead. The Machine replied with a 137 to break back and maybe save a point. The Austrian had other ideas, however, and landed seven perfect darts as part of his finest leg of the match to take the contest and move above Wade into third place in the table.

Finally, Peter Wright notched his fifth draw in ten outings after he tied with Michael Smith for the second time this season. Smith, who remains at the bottom, averaged just north of 100, which was 10 points greater than Snakebite, who is only one place higher in the league. The point did neither player a lot of good, although it is Bully Boy who will feel like he should have done better. Generally throwing impressively throughout the match, he opened up with a first-throw maximum before landing a kill-shot of 108 in the following leg. Despite his superiority though, Smith couldn’t get the break and failed move ahead from his opponent. Both players picked up their game in the latter stages, but the deadlock still couldn’t be broken and the spoils were shared, 7-7.

Darts Premier League Betting Tips Week 11

Match one at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool pits Rob Cross against Peter Wright in a match that already looks decidedly one-sided. Snakebite badly needs a win to turn his lost season around. Despite his struggles, he has proven to be a hard man to beat, drawing half of his matches so far. Cross, though, boasts the better head-to-head record and is playing with much more confidence at the moment. So much confidence in fact that he is top of the table and is likely to still be there come Friday morning too.

Next up is Gerwyn Price who is taking on Mensur Suljovic and is fancied to claim both points on Thursday. The Iceman came close to ending a 15-match losing streak against Michael van Gerwen last week, and despite a little wobble a few weeks back, has played a decent league season so far. Although Price will be gutted he didn’t nick the win, a draw was still a positive result and left him on the fringes of the top four as he pushes on towards London. Suljovic is already in the top four after he leapfrogged James Wade by beating him a week ago but Price has won 10 of their 14 meetings and could well make that 11 this week.

James Wade and Daryl Gurney meet next with The Machine winning only won one of his last five matches including a loss last week. Superchin Gurney also goes into this week’s fixture off the back of a defeat and will be looking for revenge for week five’s whitewash suffered at the hands of the same opponent. Head to head, there is not a lot to split the pair, with Wade winning five and Gurney four so a close game could be on the cards this time. The result is likely to be closer than March’s drubbing, although the winning player could well be the same.

Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith close out the night with Smith still searching for the win he needs to climb off the bottom of the table. Hailing from St Helens, this is the closest thing to a home match for Bully Boy; it’s just a shame that he faces the World Champion at this stage of proceedings. That said, Mighty Mike was well shaken last week in Belfast and needed to survive two Gerwyn Price match darts before saving a point for himself. Smith should have won last week but could only draw against Peter Wright and has lost 27 of his 33 meetings with MVG, who should take all the points once again.

All of which means that this week’s four-fold accumulator with Betway is as follows; Rob Cross, Gerwyn Price, James Wade v Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen which pays 12.65/1.

  • (5/6) Rob Cross v Peter Wright (5/2)
  • (13/10) Gerwyn Price v Mensur Suljovic (6/4)
  • (6/5) James Wade v Daryl Gurney (13/8)
  • (5/1) Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen (4/11)


Venue: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Dates: Thursday 11.04.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Barney Bows Out In Rotterdam

Barney Bows Out In Rotterdam

Raymond Van Barneveld retires

In a reception normally reserved for the likes of departing rock stars rather than Darts players, Raymond van Barneveld was treated to a hero’s send-off in Rotterdam last Thursday. Barney’s final Premier League Darts season, from which he had been relegated one night earlier, ended with a heavy 7-1 defeat to fellow Dutchman and former protégé Michael van Gerwen in Rotterdam.

We knew going into the match that this would be his farewell performance in the tournament, an event he won in 2014, as he was due to retire at the World Championships in London in December. Such a heavy defeat, however, coupled with such a glorious show of love from the 10,000-strong Barney Army, led an emotional Barney to announce his immediate retirement on home soil after the match. However, 24-hours later, after reflecting on his decision, Barney has decided that the lure of the Ally Pally was too strong and that he has decided to reverse his decision and fight on after all. Happy times for his devoted fans.

Barney’s relegation from his last ever Premier League campaign was assured on Wednesday after he was thrashed in another 7-1 defeat, this time by Daryl Gurney. In his match against van Gerwen, he found himself in very real danger of a whitewash after MVG stormed into a 4-0 lead, which would have been an even sorrier end for the people’s champion. But, much to the relief of his legion of followers, he finally got a leg on the board when Mighty Mike missed tops in the next. That was Barney’s only strike of the night as MVG threw for the match shortly after.

Other action from Night 9 of the Darts Premier League

Daryl Gurney’s
hot streak continued in the night’s opener as he beat Mensur Suljovic 7-3 to record his third Premier League victory in a row. Only a few weeks ago, Superchin was languishing down near the bottom of the table but now finds himself on a four-game unbeaten run that includes last Thursday’s shock win over Michael van Gerwen. The Northern Irishman’s latest win, in which he averaged 98.28 compared to Suljovic’s 91.58, means he now has 11 points heading into Belfast on Thursday night. Gurney’s victory never really looked in doubt, despite having his early 2-0 lead pegged back by The Gentle, who soon found himself down 5-2 before long. Just as he had one night earlier, Suljovic hit a 12-darter that suggested he could mount a fightback similar to the one that beat Rob Cross on Wednesday but he instead went on to miss eight shots on double allowing Superchin to take all the points.

The Price was Wright for Gerwyn in match three where The Iceman shot down Snakebite 7-5. Peter Wright is fast becoming the player to end other players’ bad runs of form. Gerwyn Price used the occasion to end a run of three straight Premier League defeats and hopefully breathe new life into his flagging play-off challenge. Price will now be looking to Daryl Gurney, who is on a horrible stretch of his own in which he lost 7-0 and 7-1. He then played Wright, drew, and has since reeled off four straight wins to find himself fourth in the table. Here, the Welshman averaged 94.47 compared to Snakebite’s lowly 87.6 as he cruised into an early 2-0 lead. Wright, though, closed the gap and before long had moved ahead 5-4. The Iceman was level again by the sixth before returning in the next to bank at least a point for himself. Wright then missed the two darts that would have let him get away with a draw — much needed after his 7-1 mauling the night before — before Price pinned tops to take the spoils.

Having stumbled a night earlier against Mensur Suljovic, Rob Cross dug deep to get his title campaign back on track against the final of our contenders, Jeffrey de Zwaan. The young Dutchman, who received overwhelming support from the 10,000-strong Rotterdam crowd, began his night’s work with an 84 checkout as part of a fearless 12-darter, before finishing from 151 to stun Voltage into an early fright. After Cross pulled a leg back, JDZ immediately replied with yet another 12-darter, which this time included a deuce of 180s to restore his two-leg cushion. At 3-1 down, 2018 World Champion Voltage began to fight back by winning five legs on the spin to silence the vociferous Dutch support. De Zwaan, nicknamed The Black Cobra, managed to pull one back, but like each of the other contenders, was unable to win as Cross got the job done in the next, courtesy of his eighth 180 of the match.

In the final match of the night, James Wade came back from 3-1 down to defeat Michael Smith 7-4 and move up into third place in the table. 2018 runner-up Smith almost opened with a nine-dart finish but missed the final shot only to claim the first leg on his return. The Machine responded with a 12 darter of his own before Bully Boy took the next two legs in just 27 darts. Wade took over by reeling off three straight legs of his own. Although Smith briefly equalised, The Machine ran away with the match thereafter.

Premier League of Darts Betting Tips Night 10

The race for a Premier League play-off place continues in Belfast on Thursday, and having said goodbye to Raymond van Barneveld and the last contender, we’re down to the final eight. The first of our four matches sees James Wade take on Mensur Suljovic with The Machine only too aware that he does not have a good record against Suljovic. In fact, Wade has only won five of their previous 15 meetings and has already he was beaten in this campaign by The Gentle 7-3 in Nottingham during Night 6. Wade is playing with confidence right now and beat Michael Smith a week ago so will fancy his chances of breaking his duck against the Austrian this week. Suljovic will be looking to bounce back from his defeat last time out in Rotterdam. He was at least able to record a win in the first of last week’s two games when he came from behind to beat Rob Cross. I suspect he will come good again this week as well.

Michael Smith is out next in his match against Peter Wright. With the league shrinking by two places, Smith — runner up last year — narrowly avoided relegation last week but still finds himself occupying the bottom space and will hope that a match against Snakebite can halt that slide. Victories against Wright have worked wonders for both Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price and could prove to be the catalyst for Bully Boy too. Wright is second bottom himself having not won in four outings, and he has not beaten Smith in his last three Premier League games. I don’t see that changing here.

Next up are Daryl Gurney and Rob Cross. While Gurney is on a hot streak, having seen off competition from van Gerwen, van Barneveld and Suljovic over the past three Premier League nights, Rob Cross is one of the few players capable of challenging MVG for top spot. One dodgy result aside, he is playing like best in the world right now. It’s true that the Northern Irishman will be hard to stop in front of his home crowd, but I think Voltage should have too much in this particular meeting.

Finally, we would expect Michael van Gerwen to beat Gerwyn Price in the last of the night’s action. Mighty Mike was all action back home in Holland last week, winning both of his matches 7-1, and regaining top spot in the process. Price, on the other hand, ended a slump of three straight defeats by beating Snakebite but has lost each of his 15 matches against the Dutchman and that might well be a slump too far.

A four fold accumulator with the online bookmaker Betway placed on Mensur Suljovic, Michael Smith, Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen all to win pays out at 16/1.

  • (13/8) Mensur Suljovic v James Wade (6/5)
  • (13/10) Michael Smith v Peter Wright (6/4)
  • (1/1) Rob Cross v Daryl Gurney (2/1)
  • (30/100) Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price (13/2)


Venue: The SSE Arena, Belfast
Dates: Thursday 04.04.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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