Michael van Gerwen Thrashes Gerwyn Price As Rob Cross Goes Top

Michael van Gerwen Thrashes Gerwyn Price As Rob Cross Goes Top

MVG Gerwyn Price

Michael van Gerwen returned to his imperious best last week as he shattered Gerwyn Price’s unbeaten run with a brilliant 7-2 victory over the Welshman in Nottingham.

It was a surprisingly low-quality affair with oddly low averages in the 70s and 80s early on for both players. It wasn’t until the eighth leg when MVG kicked the match into life with a 132-checkout on the bull for a 12-darter that the game finally showed some class, while also putting the Dutchman 5-2 ahead. One round earlier, Mighty Mike took out a 13-darter just as he did in the ninth leg to guarantee himself at least a point. He took both, however, after he claimed the last in style to bring his final average up to 96.98 compared to The Iceman’s 92.95.

A recap of Night 6

In the night’s first action, Michael Smith claimed a much-needed victory as he comfortably saw off the challenge from the latest contender Nathan Aspinall in a 7-2 mauling. Last year’s runner-up raced into an early 4-0 lead before The Asp finally got points on the board before claiming the following two legs for good measure. Then it was Bully Boy’s turn to two claim two legs on the spin to take things to 6-2 before he wrapped up neatly with a match-winning 127 checkout. By the end, Smith averaged 93.99 over Aspinall’s 88.35.

James Wade surrendered top spot in match two as he was surprisingly shot down by Mensur Suljovic, who produced his best performance of the season so far. In a 7-3 victory, The Gentle averaged 101.38 and fired six 180s to overcome The Machine who had, only two weeks before, beaten Michael van Gerwen prior to recording the 10th whitewash in Premier League history over Daryl Gurney. In contrast, Suljovic had found himself adrift from the pace setters at the top having only won one match prior to his meeting with Wade. Scoring a match-high checkout of 109 in leg six, Suljovic moved into a 4-2 lead before Wade banked an 11-dart leg, from a finish from 76 to stay in the game. From there, The Gentle reeled off the next three legs in 14, 15 and 16 darts to send The Machine packing with an average of 97.05.

Rob Cross became the third player to sit at the top of the Premier League table after he recorded an impressive 7-3 victory over Raymond van Barneveld, who remains rock-bottom in his farewell season. Voltage made it three wins in a row to take his tally to nine points from six games, dropping just seven legs in his last three. In a messy end to the match, Cross took 18-darts to seal the victory as well as an average of 102.85 which included three 180s to Barney’s four. Van Barneveld, still without a win, has only managed two draws so far but was showing signs of a fighting spirit at 2-2. He then missed two chances at tops, which allowed Cross to run off with the contest. Barney finished the evening with an average of just 92.27 and the knowledge that, unless something changes soon, he’ll be saying goodbye to DPL for good on Judgement Night on March 28 in Rotterdam.

Thursday night’s action concluded with Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright sharing the points in a 6-6 tie. Snakebite looked like he would be taking all the points himself only to see Superchin rescue a draw from the jaws of defeat to end a dismal run of form for the Northern Irishman. Coming off the back of 7-1 and 7-0 Premier League defeats to Rob Cross and James Wade respectively, coupled with an early UK Open exit, results have overseen an alarming drop in form for Gurney. He looked to be heading for another bad result after finding himself down 6-3 to a superior Snakebite. On the way to his lead, which guaranteed him at least a point, Wright landed a 90 checkout as part of an 11-darter before repeating the trick from the same score only this time on the bull. In true Wright style though, the victory wasn’t snatched as it should have been. Gurney, the 2018 Players Championship Finals winner, reeled off three successive legs in 13, 14 and 14 darts to nick the draw despite averaging eight points less than Peter Wright’s 102.91.

Darts Premier League Night 7 Betting Tips

Rob Cross looks to finally be back to his best, or at least something like it, which makes the night’s opener against Gerwyn Price an intriguing tie. Fresh off the back of his 7-3 win over Barney, he meets a Price that was put firmly in place a week ago but who was unbeaten prior to that. Given that his one defeat so far came against a rejuvenated MVG, last week’s poor result can be forgiven. On past form, the Welshman has won two of his five matches against Cross but has, last week notwithstanding, enjoyed a decent campaign so far. On form, Cross should take this one, but don’t be surprised to see The Iceman result to his old antics which may or may not be appreciated by the Berlin crowd. It’s a close one, but I’m siding with Price on this one.

Next out are James Wade and the ever erratic Peter Wright. Snakebite threw away a point last week against Daryl Gurney to give him his third stalemate in six matches. Despite another winless week, Wright still fared better than this week’s opponent, who himself suffered a blow with a surprise defeat to Mensur Suljovic. The Machine has otherwise performed well so far this season and was top until last week’s defeat, which he will hope was a one-off. A close game is expected but Wade should just about edge it.

Michael van Gerwen was back to his winning ways last week as he made short work of Gerwyn Price even if the score line did flatter him after another off key performance. This week he faces Daryl Gurney fresh from rescuing a point a week ago, but with a continental crowd behind him, and seemingly able to win while underperforming, Mighty Mike should have enough to see off Superchin, who has only won seven legs in the past three weeks.

Match four pits Michael Smith against Mensur Suljovic. Last week in Nottingham, Smith saw off the challenge from this season’s latest contender, Nathan Aspinall, and will be looking to keep up the momentum. That said, Mensur, too, took home all the points last week as both players seek for the kind of form that has so far eluded them previously. Despite Bully Boy being installed as the obvious and natural favourite, The Gentle has more than enough to present a challenge to Smith and something is drawing me to the Austrian this week.

Wrapping things up this week are Raymond van Barneveld and Max Hopp, the newest contender who hails from Idstein, near Frankfurt as the League heads to Germany, albeit Berlin. Barney’s last-ever showing at the Premier League before retirement is not exactly going to plan as he currently finds himself three points adrift of safety with Judgement Night fast approaching. Ordinarily, the popular Dutchman can count on strong support from the crowd but facing a German in Germany might just impact on this. Nevertheless, I expect Barney to finally get off the mark this week with a win in Berlin.

So then, this week’s acca looks as follows; Gerwyn Price, James Wade, Michael van Gerwen, Mensur Suljovic and Raymond van Barneveld, which pays at 58/1 with Betway.

  • (13/8) Gerwyn Price v Rob Cross (6/5)
  • (6/4) James Wade v Peter Wright (13/10)
  • (2/7) Michael van Gerwen v Daryl Gurney (13/2)
  • (11/10) Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic (7/4)
  • (13/10) Max Hopp v Raymond van Barneveld (6/4)


Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Dates: Thursday 21.03.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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MVG Drops Points Again As Wade Goes Top Of Darts Premier League

MVG Drops Points Again As Wade Goes Top Of Darts Premier League

MVG Loses In Darts Premier League

An emotional local contender John ‘Highlander’ Henderson enjoyed one of his most memorable nights on the oche in Aberdeen last Thursday as he claimed an unlikely tie against Michael van Gerwen. The Scottish crowd produced an unbelievable atmosphere for the 45-year-old who was moved to tears during his walk-on to the tune of Flower Of Scotland leading into Rocking All Over The World.

The local thrower from Huntley opened with a decent 180 in the first leg and although it couldn’t stop him from falling 3-0 behind soon after, it still brought the house down. Following a disastrous week which saw him suffer two defeats in as many days, Mighty Mike moved 5-2 clear before faltering enough to allow his opponent to take back-to-back legs and move to within one. Banking himself at least a point, MVG edged into a 6-4 lead before Henderson, boosted by the support of the crowd, reeled off two 14-darters in a row to seal a shock draw.

A review of other Darts Premier League Night 5 action

In the first match of the evening, Rob Cross eased to a 7-3 victory over Michael Smith in a repeat of the UK Open semi-final less than a week earlier. Smith made the stronger start of the two, going up 2-1 only for Voltage to level things prior to hitting a brilliant 164 checkout to break Bully Boy’s throw. From there, Cross reeled off three legs in a row to guarantee himself at least a point with room to spare. Smith replied by finding the bull for a fine checkout from 90, before Voltage closed out the match.

The 10th Premier League Darts whitewash in history was recorded in match two when James Wade thrashed Daryl Gurney 7-0. Fresh from inflicting Mighty Michael van Gerwen’s first defeat of the Premier League season a week ago in Exeter, The Machine produced another dominant performance in which he averaged 109.59 while also hitting two ton-plus checkouts. Wade finished with seven doubles from nine, winning six of his seven legs in 15 darts or less. Superchin, who averaged 95.45, was battered 7-1 by Rob Cross in Night 5 and this latest heavy defeat now leaves his leg difference in tatters.

In match three, Gerwyn Price once again had to play through the boos as he produced another good performance in which he brushed aside Mensur Suljovic. Price earned his pantomime villain tag after his antics against Gary Anderson in the Grand Slam of Darts back in November, and clearly the Aberdeen crowd were not in a forgiving mood. Despite the crowd behind against him, The Iceman coolly carried on as he has all Premier League season to maintain his unbeaten start to the campaign. The Welshman landed a 107 in the opening leg while he hit a 12-darter in the fifth to race into a 4-1 lead. Price then took the sixth before The Gentle responded with an 11 darter to close the gap, albeit only slightly. The pair then shared the following two legs to allow Price to scoop up all the points for that match. Former rugby player Price finished with an average of 93.26 compared to Suljovic’s 95.67.

The last match of the evening produced a win for Peter Wright, who produced arguably his finest performance of the season so far where he beat Raymond van Barneveld 7-3. The win sees Snakebite move up to fifth in the table but does little for Barney’s hopes of going out with a bang. The Dutchman now sits bottom and this latest defeat sees him being cut off from the rest of the chasers. Barney did take the opening leg only for Wright to take the next five in a row. RVB then finished from 81 for an 11-darter only to see Snakebite land his third and final 180 of the night as part of an 10-darter. There was still time for Barney, who averaged 95.36, to pull one back but it was to make no difference as Snakebite, who averaged 106.64, finished the contest soon after.

Darts Premier League Week 6 Betting Tips

We open with a tough one this week in Nottingham, as UK Open winner Nathan Aspinall takes part as the latest contender. We have seen some great performances from local heroes – all playing in place of the injured Gary Anderson – not least, Chris Dobey in Night 1 and John ‘Highlander’ Henderson’s draw with MVG last week. This week, however, could represent the best chance yet to back a contender for the win. One of the fastest rising stars of the PDC, The Asp certainly has the potential to heap more misery on Smith, who is currently struggling badly. Last year’s runner-up is second to the bottom with one win in five and needs desperately to turn things around soon. Arguably, his best chance to do that is against a contender — it’s just a shame that it happens to be this one. Aspinall win.

Out of nowhere, James Wade appears to be playing his best darts ever. Having dispatched world number one Michael van Gerwen seven days earlier, The Machine last week dumped Daryl Gurney in a whitewash performance that took him top on leg difference. With Suljovic struggling for form, Wade should come through this test relatively untroubled. Another player showing the form of old is Rob Cross, who suddenly looks like the player he was at the end of 2018 when he was crowned world champion. Voltage has won two on the spin with victories over Daryl Gurney and Michael Smith, and with bottom-placed Barney looking all kinds of wrong, it is hard to see Cross not taking all the points here.

Match four pits Michael van Gerwen against Gerwyn Price in a battle of the heavyweights. The unbeaten Iceman will fancy his chances against an MVG who is looking increasingly out of sorts. A defeat to James Wade was followed by another the following night, to Mervyn King at the UK Open. Last week he dropped even more points, this time against local hero John Henderson. Even so, it is never advisable to bet against the Dutch world champion, even less so given that Mighty Mike has won all 13 meetings against the Welshman.

Finally, this week we have selected Peter Wright to beat Daryl Gurney. Wright put in his best performance of the season so far in Aberdeen winning easily against Barney while Superchin has lost 13 legs and won just one in the last two weeks of Premier League Darts action. Also, Gurney has not beaten Wright in their last four matches so we’ll stick with a Snakebite win.

This week’s accumulator with Betway looks like this; Aspinall, Wade, Cross, MVG and Wright which pays 23.25/1.

  • (7/4) Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith (11/10)
  • (1/1) James Wade v Mensur Suljovic (15/8)
  • (8/15) Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld (100/30)
  • (4/1) Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen (4/9)
  • (10/11) Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney (21/10)


Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Dates: Thursday 14.03.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Nathan Aspinall Wins UK Open As Michael van Gerwen Loses Twice In As Many Days

Nathan Aspinall Wins UK Open As Michael van Gerwen Loses Twice In As Many Days

Nathan Aspinall UK Open

Stockport’s Nathan Aspinall claimed his first ever major PDC title on Sunday when he beat Rob Cross in the final of the UK Open at Butlins Minehead Resort. It was a weekend of surprises which saw early eliminations for Peter Wright, Gary Anderson, and most surprisingly of all, Michael van Gerwen, who only one night earlier suffered his first Premier League defeat of the season.

A shock at the UK Open

The Asp, who saw off Gerwyn Price in a tough semi-final, got his hands on his maiden major trophy to cap a remarkable few months in which he also won his first Players Championship title in September before reaching the World Championship semi-finals in December in his debut campaign. He has also tasted success on the Pro Tour this season when he beat Michael van Gerwen 6-1 in the Players Championship Four.

In the final, the first four legs went with throw and from 2-2, Aspinall reeled off three successive legs before letting Voltage back into the contest with some sloppy finishes. The former world champion closed the gap to 6-5, but it wasn’t to be as Aspinall won the next five legs in succession before closing in spectacular fashion with a 170 checkout.

Along the way, Aspinall, who came into the tournament ranked 34th on the Order of Merit, defeated Toni Alcinas, Christian Kist, Madars Razma, Steve Lennon and Ross Smith before meeting Price in the last four. Aspinall, the fastest to reach the top 16 through a Tour Card entry and the first to win a TV major from outside the top 32 since 2012, averaged 88.72 over Cross’ 84.

In a crazy first night for the “FA Cup of Darts,” Michael van Gerwen crashed out at the first hurdle for the second year in a row. Mighty Mike lost to Jeffrey de Zwaan at this stage a year ago, and this year it was Mervyn King who bettered the world number one. The game marked sweet revenge for King after MVG branded him a “disgrace to darts for not even trying to win” when they last met earlier this season at the Players Championship Three. All this on the night when Steve Beaton knocked out Gary Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld said goodbye to the UK Open following a 10-7 defeat to Simon Stevenson and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright was sent packing by Mensur Suljovic.

Darts Premier League Night 4 Catchup

In a sign of things to come for Michael van Gerwen, a lacklustre performance from the world champion went punished. Just as he did at the UK Open on Friday, MVG played poorly on the Premier League’s fourth night of action and was soundly beaten, this time by James Wade. At 3-2 up, Mighty Mike wasted three darts to take the sixth leg, allowing The Machine to level the scores. Wade, the European and World Series of Darts champion, then began to take over the match, moving two legs clear before landing a 12-dart, 121 checkout on the bull to clinch at least a point. Just 17-darts later, Wade closed out the win, ending with the better average of 95.65 compared to the world champion’s 94.33.

In the second matchup of the evening, Gerwyn Price was held to a draw by this week’s contender, ‘Cool Hand’ Luke Humphries. Despite being a disappointing result for The Iceman, he does at least maintain his unbeaten start to the 2019 Premier League Darts season. In the end, it went down to the wire, with the Welshman taking the final leg to secure his third straight draw. Having raced into a 2-0 lead, it didn’t look like a match that he would struggle. Humphries pulled one back immediately before both players registered 12-darters. First, Price fizzed in a 147 checkout which preceded Cool Hand’s 161 bullseye finish. Price raised his level with a nine-dart finish, thereafter, briefly getting the crowd behind him. Humphries then won the next three legs on the spin, leaving Price needing to win the next leg to level the scores, only for Humphries to guarantee himself at least a draw with a 13-darter in the next. With victory in sight, the contender missed double 14, letting Price back in and saw him take out the required 76.

Cross, Suljovic and Smith with victories

Rob Cross, who reached the UK Open final over the weekend, enjoyed his best week for some time after he beat Daryl Gurney 7-1 in his latest Premier League match. In a one-sided match, Voltage raked up an average of 102.16 and finishing seven doubles from ten attempts to send Superchin packing. With a whitewash looming one leg from home, Gurney — who averaged only 90 — took out an 80 checkout to avoid complete humiliation.

Mensur Suljovic scored his first of two wins over Peter Wright in a week on Thursday when he recorded a 7-4 triumph in Exeter. In what was his first Premier League victory of the season, The Gentle won six legs on the spin after losing in the first to find himself a comfortable 6-1 lead. Snakebite then came into life, hitting dual 180s as part of an 11-darter in the first of three legs to go the Scotsman’s way. That was as good as it got for Wright, despite throwing five maximums to Suljovic’s zero as the Austrian took 14-darts to close out the match.

In the final match of the night, Michael Smith, playing after recovering from emergency surgery, booked a decent 7-4 win over Raymond van Barneveld. Barney initially benefited from Bully Boy’s obvious discomfort, taking an early 3-1 lead, before Smith fought back with the next three to go one ahead. Barney only had one leg left in him from there as Smith went on to bank his first win of the year’s Premier League campaign.

Premier League Darts Week 5 betting tips

In the first match of the night, we’ve plumped for a revived Rob Cross to beat Michael Smith. I firmly believe Smith will finish higher up the table than his rival tonight but his surgery hasn’t fully healed, and Voltage has looked like he is finding his best form of late. That said, Bully Boy did manage to nick a win from 3-1 down against Raymond van Barneveld to claim his first win of the campaign a week ago. But Cross’ thumping of Daryl Gurney 7-1, plus his victory over tonight’s opponent in the UK Open semi-finals over the weekend – his 10th win in 13 meetings overall – makes him the favourite to take the points this week.

This match is followed by Daryl Gurney and James Wade, who conquered Mighty Mike van Gerwen last week and so goes into this week’s battle on a high. In contrast, Superchin is still to record a win in this year’s competition and was played off the oche last week against a rejuvenated Rob Cross. While Gurney will be looking for a response, The Machine should get the job done.

Gerwyn Price is yet to taste defeat in the Premier League this season. This week he faces Mensur Suljovic, who doesn’t seem to enjoy this format. The Gentle did manage to bank a win seven days ago against Peter Wright, a trick he repeated a day later, but has only won four games in 13 against Price. The Welshman almost struck a nine-darter last week against contender Luke Humphries while he also made the last four in Minehead on Sunday and this form should see him right this week.

Providing he doesn’t implode – always a distinct possibility with Snakebite – Peter Wright can be expected to overcome the challenge laid down by the retiring Raymond van Barneveld in match four. Wright suffered his first defeat last time out and now finds himself outside of the top four. Barney still hasn’t had a win in his last ever campaign and is currently propping up the table. The Dutchman’s confidence is low and Wright should be able to take advantage, especially playing back in Scotland. Yet, it is Peter Wright so we can take nothing for granted. Snakebite at a pinch.

A rare Premier League defeat for Michael van Gerwen last week was swiftly followed by another loss a night later in Minehead. While that should enthuse his rivals, it is a shame for them that the world number one now faces this week’s contender John Henderson. MVG will be determined to put things right in Aberdeen against home favourite The Highlander, and anything other than a win is unthinkable.

This accumulator: Rob Cross, James Wade, Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright and MVG, pays 25.58/1 at Betway.

  • (6/4) Michael Smith V Rob Cross (13/10)
  • (7/5) Daryl Gurney V James Wade (7/5)
  • (6/4) Mensur Suljovic V Gerwyn Price (13/10)
  • (11/4) Raymond van Barneveld V Peter Wright (8/11)
  • (1/6) Michael van Gerwen V John Henderson (10/1)


Venue: BHGE Arena, Aberdeen
Dates: Thursday 07.02.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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