MVG Opens Darts Premier League Campaign With Bully Boy Win On Night 1

MVG Opens Darts Premier League Campaign With Bully Boy Win On Night 1

Darts Premier League Matchday 2

In a rematch of the World Championship final, Michael van Gerwen beat Michael Smith 7-5 to get his Premier League Darts campaign off to a winning start.

With an average of 105, Mighty Mike hit five 180s and successfully landed seven of his 12 doubles in a brilliant display. Bully Boy averaged only 10 points less with 95 while also hitting three fewer maximums and the highest checkout of the match with a 150. Smith even broke the van Gerwen throw in the opening leg with a finish of 93, but the lead wasn’t to last long as MVG wiped out with a 12-darter before breaking Smith back in the sixth saw to go 4-2 ahead. The scoreline read 5-5 not too long after as Smith broke again before banking a 150. He soon fell behind for the third and final time as MVG took out 56 under pressure, with Smith poised on 62, before an 11-darter secured victory and with it, maximum points.

More higlights from Night 1

After ten attempts, Gerwyn Price won his first ever Premier League Darts match thanks to an impressive and unexpected 7-4 victory over Daryl Gurney. The Iceman made his debut last season and managed only two draws before being eliminated on judgment night, but this time got his second season up and running thanks to an average of 104. For a while, it didn’t look good for Price as the Welshman dropped the first two legs to fall behind. This was before the former Rugby player reeled off five straight legs to build an impressive lead. Price, who was booed throughout, soon guaranteed himself at least a point before Superchin kept his fading hopes alive by winning the next few legs before Price dashed those hopes as he closed out the match. Showing no signs of nerves following his £21,500 fine and suspended three-month ban, the Iceman hit six 180s compared to Gurney’s zero while landing seven of his 16 darts doubles.

Another Premier League boo boy, James Wade, got his season underway with a win after he dealt an early blow to Raymond van Barneveld’s hopes of a successful farewell with a 7-4 win. With the first six legs going with throw, it was Barney who struck the first blow as he claimed the first break with a 14-darter. The Machine, who reached the Masters final on the previous Sunday, struck back with four successive legs, including a checkout of 124 on the bull to close out the match.

The first “contender” of this year’s Premier League season, local hero Chris Dobey was up next. He was roared on by the Geordie fans, brilliantly claiming a draw with Mensur Suljovic. In truth, the Newcastle man may feel a little disappointed given he had been holding a 5-1 lead after six legs and despite letting the win slip, he admits to wanting to experience such nights again in the future after his taster here.

Hollywood opened up with a 113 checkout in the first leg before racing clear and landing a flurry of 180s to rock Suljovic into an early scare. The Gentle, however, responded by taking down the next five legs to move within one from victory. But the Austrian’s hopes were dashed when he missed a double at 18 before Dobey stepped up to punish him with two 16s with a dart remaining. In the end, as well as sharing the points, both players hit six doubles from 17 shots. Suljovic boasted the slightly higher average of 100.99 compared to Dobey’s 98.52 but Hollywood edged the maximums by 6-5.

In the final game of the night, Rob Cross and Peter Wright also shared points after Voltage punished Snakebite’s missed match dart in the last leg of the contest to claim a 6-6 draw. In a match where both players averaged over 100, Cross raced into an early 3-1 lead before his Scottish opponent won three legs on the bounce to move ahead courtesy of a 100 checkout as well as an 11-darter. From there the next five legs all went with throw splitting the points.

Darts Premier League betting tips for Night 2

This week’s action gets underway with Peter Wright stepping out against Michael Smith. For me, the smart money is on Bully Boy, who needs to come up with a response after losing to MVG last week but who otherwise looks every inch of the world’s best players right now. In contrast, Snakebite has been looking shaky for a while now and should be heading into Thursday’s game with a win already under his belt. The fact he blew the lead at the last moment is hardly surprising, and in a best of 12, he would do well to even scrape a draw here. It’s also worth noting that Smith played two and won both of the Premier League matches against Wright 7-1 last year.

The next game of the night looks the most likely to reach a stalemate to me. In ten matches played head-to-head, they have won five each so this has all the makings of a close game. The Machine has already got points on the board following last week’s win against Barney, while Cross held his nerve to claim a draw with Wright, and I suspect he might just do the same in week two.

Raymond van Barneveld and Gerwyn Price are out next in a match that is likely to pour more misery on Barney’s farewell Premier League campaign. RVB’s last charge got off to a poor start a week ago, but can Price build on his first Premier League win? The Dutchman has a better record against Price, who has won only one of their six meetings. Still, Barney’s best days are behind him and the Iceman should be able to capitalise.

Chris Dobey got the ‘contenders’ off to a solid start last week when he secured a point against Mensur Suljovic. This week up steps newly blooded PDC man and standing BDO world champion, Glen Durrant to give us an early and fleeting look at what he brings to the code. While I am backing Superchin to take the points here, Duzza can be expected to seize his time to shine and prove why this decision to step up was the correct one. Last Sunday he lost in the final of a Players Championship to Dave Chisnall and could take advantage of Gurney’s lack of confidence following a loss of form. I am not sure he will and so I expect Gurney to have too much for him just yet.

Michael van Gerwen and Mensur Suljovic close out the evening in a match that looks like it should be a fairly routine win for the Dutchman. Mighty Mike proved once again, as if it was needed, that he is the man to beat last week and comes up against The Gentle who will need to improve on his night one performance. Suljovic showed fighting spirit when fighting back from 5-1 behind against Dobey, but MVG will not be quite so forgiving. Also, Van Gerwen has won seven of their last eight games, so there’s that.

This week’s Betway acca; Michael Smith, Draw, Gerwyn Price, Daryl Gurney and MVG (63.5/1)

Darts Premier League Night 2 matchups

  • (7/4) Peter Wright v Michael Smith (11/10)
  • (11/10) Rob Cross v James Wade (7/4)
  • (7/4) Raymond van Barneveld v Gerwen Price (11/10)
  • (7/5) Daryl Gurney v Glen Durrant (7/5)
  • (6/1) Mensur Suljovic v Michael van Gerwen (1/3)

Quick glance at the Darts Premier League – Night 2

Venue: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Dates: Thursday 14.02.2019
Format: Best of 12 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports
When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Peter Wright Beats Michael van Gerwen In Cardiff

Peter Wright Beats Michael van Gerwen In Cardiff

Peter Wright Upsets MVG in Premier League Victory

In another week of unpredictable upsets in the Darts Premier League, Peter Wright had one of those nights we all know he is capable of but seldom produces as he went on to shock Michael van Gerwen 7-5. Elsewhere, Rob Cross lost again, this time in a 7-1 thrashing by Simon Whitlock who, following back-to-back wins and a 100% record, now sits atop of the League after two weeks.

Snakebite could only manage an unconvincing draw with Gerwyn Price last week, but his outlook quickly improved early in the fourth leg as the pre-match 6/1 underdog maneuvered himself into a 3-1 lead before MVG raised his game enough to level the match. Wright though soon quashed his opponent’s rebellion, punishing the Dutchman for three missed darts at the double and taking out a 116 to move back into the lead. Before long he found himself within one leg of guaranteeing at least a point and victory within reach. Soon after, Wright landed his third maximum of the match on his way to a 12-darter, followed swiftly by a 13-darter.

Things are currently far less smooth for Rob Cross, however, as he suffered a second successive heavy defeat. This time his loss was at the hands of current League leader Simon Whitlock who battered the World champion 7-1 at the Motopoint Arena. Whitlock, by the way, this week fired out a


— Simon Whitlock (@SWhitlock180) February 12, 2018

“>warning on Twitter that the Instagram account swhitlock180 is fraudulent and in no way affiliated to the Aussie professional. So there.

Back to the oche where 27-year-old Cross has now lost his last six matches, with his only win since January 1st coming at the Masters first round against Ian White. Despite his current downswing, Voltage was the odds-on favourite pre-match but instead it was the Wizard who conjured up another win.

There were no such issues for Gary Anderson who comfortably won his grudge match against the Welsh crowd’s favourite Gerwyn Price, whose scoring simply let him down while Anderson produced his best performance of the season so far to win 7-3. Price did manage to bank an average of 92.71 but only chucked off eight shots at double whereas Anderson posted an average of 99.22.

Raymond van Barneveld scored his first win of the season with a 7-5 victory over Mensur Suljovic in a much tighter affair where both players averaged over 100. The game hinged on Suljovic missing three attempts at the double in the fourth leg leaving the door ajar for Barney to sneak in and land a 167 checkout to move 3-1 up, a lead that widened a leg later. From there, the remaining legs were shared equally leaving the Barney to take all three points.

The League’s only other 100% record was held on to after Michael Smith recorded a 7-4 victory over Daryl Gurney in the night’s opening match. Bully Boy stormed into a 3-0 lead, with the help of a 124 checkout. Numerous 13-darters and 14-darters were to follow before a fourth 180 of the match put Smith ahead 5-4. Smith capitalised on his rival’s four missed double attempts to go 6-4 up before nailing the final leg too.

Results from last week

  • Michael Smith 7-4 Daryl Gurney
  • Rob Cross 1-7 Simon Whitlock
  • Michael van Gerwen 5-7 Peter Wright
  • Gerwyn Price 3-7 Gary Anderson
  • Raymond van Barneveld 7-5 Mensur Suljovic

Darts Premier League Betting Tips: Matchday Three

This week’s action sees our heroes head to the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle – catch the action live on Sky Sports Main Event HD and/or Sky Sports Action HD from 19:00 (GMT) – for week three.

The first game of the night features Mensur Suljovic and Michael Smith with the former currently on a great roll sharing the top of the table with a 100% win rate. In contrast, Suljovic is in the opposite situation, although it was Mensur that beat Smith in the Masters only a matter of weeks ago, making this something of a cloudy bet. That said, we’re putting our money on the Englishman at 11/8.

This match is followed by the Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price contest in which we’re siding with Gurney despite both players slightly under-performing at the moment. The reckoning here is that Gurney is showing the better form of the two right now. Again, Price should be more than comfortable against Superchin and actually beat him at the Masters, but I’m backing the Northern Irishman to emerge victorious this time around.

Hands up, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright caught me off guard last week. I was not alone in expecting World number one Michael van Gerwen to do what he so often does and wipe the floor with his opponent. Yet, it was the Scotsman who won on the day. He now meets up with another player to have beaten MVG at the oche, Rob Cross, who has barely won since. On that note, we could back a draw now, but given that I simply don’t have faith in Rob Cross on the Premier League stage right now, I’m selecting Snakebite to march on in the Premier League with another win.

Thursday’s match number four is a whopper as the world’s number one and two collide when Gary Anderson meets Michael van Gerwen. Mighty Mike was defeated last time out but won’t lose twice in a row so he can be safely expected to bounce back and win this week. This is even more likely given the grief Anderson keeps getting from his bad back which might continue to plague him again. Yes, Peter Wright managed the task last week but whether or not Gary is up to it yet is another matter.

Finally, league leader Simon Whitlock meets the legend that is Raymond van Barneveld. Barney is looking good on three points so far, and he’ll be aiming to leapfrog his opponent at the top of the table with a win. This is providing that Michael Smith loses the night’s opener against Mensur Suljovic. That, for me is more than enough encouragement to pick Barney on Thursday night.

Try this 6/1 Betway boosted treble of Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld all to win.

Or if you are a bit more daring, try Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, which is worth over 28 to the pound, again at Betway.

Matchups for Week 3

  • (11/8) Mensur Suljovic v Michael Smith (11/8)
  • (5/6) Daryl Gurney v Gerwyn Price (12/5)
  • (13/10) Peter Wright v Rob Cross (6/4)
  • (7/2) Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen (4/7)
  • (5/2) Simon Whitlock v Raymond van Barneveld (4/5)
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World Champion Rob Cross Suffers MVG Loss In Matchday One Of Darts Premier League

World Champion Rob Cross Suffers MVG Loss In Matchday One Of Darts Premier League

MVG Beats Rob Cross Premier League Darts

Rob Cross’ miserable time since the New Year’s Day heights of Ally Pally continued as he suffered another loss, this time at the hands of Michael van Gerwen administering a slice of retribution.

The Dutchman began the defence of his Premier League title in a 7-2 win over the PDC world champion in a battle of the baldies in Dublin in which Mighty Mike landed three 114 checkouts and averaged 100.80.

For MVG, who was beaten by Cross in the World Championship semi-final in December, success was sweet and served to remind his young rival that he remains the game’s super power.

Other early action

Elsewhere, Michael Smith marked his return to the Premier League after a 12-month absence by fighting back from a 5-1 deficit to brilliantly beat Gary Anderson by 7 sets to 5. Anderson was once again plagued by a troublesome back injury that saw him miss 18 darts that would have otherwise guaranteed him at least a point.

In another tough result for the tipsters, 2012 Premier League runner-up Simon Whitlock overcame match favourite Mensur Suljovic in the night’s first match, also by 7 sets to 5. The Aussie needed to claw himself back from 3-1 down, racking up an average of more than 106 against his debutant opponent who was the early leader in the contest. Suljovic then missed a vital dart at bullseye that would have given him a comfortable 4-1 lead but instead opened the door for Whitlock, who spiked off a succession of 14, 12 and 11 dart legs before an awesome 160 handed him a winning two-leg advantage.

Premier League new comer Daryl Gurney and oche legend Raymond van Barneveld took home a point each after Grand Prix champion Gurney missed three crucial darts that would have landed him a debut victory pleasing the Irish crowd in the process. However, these were gratefully snapped up by his rival in spite of a late missed bully shot.

Finally, another debutant, Gerwyn Price, walked away with a share of the points, having won the final three legs in his opener against Peter Wright. Snakebite, who confirmed punters’ long-standing concerns over his change in darts, duly missed four shots that would have provided him the opening victory. Instead, Price twice battled back from 5-1 and 6-3 down before bagging five out of the last six legs to bank a point. The Welshman moves on to a home game in Cardiff where this week’s Matchday Two games take place on Thursday night at the Motorpoint Arena with coverage getting underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action.

Matchday One results

  • Mensur Suljovic 5-7 Simon Whitlock
  • Gary Anderson 5-7 Michael Smith
  • Daryl Gurney 6-6 Raymond van Barneveld
  • Michael van Gerwen 7-2 Rob Cross
  • Peter Wright 6-6 Gerwyn Price

Premier League: Matchday Two Betting Tips

The Premier League Darts season finds itself in its second week in Cardiff and the action gets underway with Michael Smith versus Daryl Gurney in a match where we are backing Bully Boy Smith to take the win, against the much fancied Superchin.

This is followed by another toughie – although there are no easies in the Premier League – as Rob Cross meets Simon Whitlock. Cross is certainly finding out the hard way that life is tough at the top and will be looking to bank his first ever Premier League points here against Whitlock, who was a surprise winner last time out. A loser last week, Cross played well enough in Dublin, but MVG was in an imperious form. The World Champion now has the chance to put things right against Whitlock, an opportunity which I expect him to take.

Next up, Michael van Gerwen takes on Peter Wright with the Dutchman having stopped Snakebite in the Premier League final last year. Wright has a woeful head-to-head record against Mighty Mike; despite often showing well, he historically drops the crucials when it counts. I wouldn’t be expecting a shock here either as MVG powers on to his second straight League win.

Gerwyn Price will step up next in a match that his rival on the night Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson has already spiked with a not-to-be-forgotten taunt dropped at their last meeting when the world number two joked, “If you can’t beat a man with a bad back, you better go back to the practice board”. Now, Price — in Cardiff of all venues — has the chance to do exactly that. With the Welsh crowd likely to be against Anderson, the temperamental Scot could implode, especially if his bad back continues to bother him, so I would be picking Price to be right here.

Soon after match four, Raymond van Barneveld and Mensur Suljovic will step out with Barney having lost to the Austrian in their last meeting making Suljovic worth a shot at 15/8. That said, Barney will inevitably be the crowd favourite and has shown the occasional glimpse of his former self. For this reason, others might fancy him at 11/10, although I’m looking at a Suljovic win to close out the night.

Try this treble bet at Betway: Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen and Mensur Suljovic at 10/1, or be brave and chuck in Cross and Price for a five-fold worth 57/1. Also, it might be worth paying attention to Betway’s boosted price of 9/2 for Cross, van Barneveld and van Gerwen to win, two points higher than its original price of 7/2.

  • (13/8) Michael Smith v Daryl Gurney (6/5)
  • (4/7) Rob Cross v Simon Whitlock (7/2)
  • (1/3) Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright (6/1)
  • (13/5) Gerwyn Price v Gary Anderson (4/5)
  • (11/10) Raymond van Barneveld v Mensur Suljovic (15/8)
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