With just five weeks of the regular Premier League campaign to go, matters at the top of the table are starting to take shape. Here are our top Premier League Darts 2019 Week Eleven betting odds.
Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross lead the way, and these two heavyweights will headline Week Eleven in Cardiff in a mouth-watering clash.
Otherwise there are four players locked on 12 points, and two of them will meet on Thursday in Mensur Suljovic and Daryl Gurney.
Gerwyn Price will surely appreciate a return to home soil – the boo boys should be at a minimum – and he will be looking to cement his claims for a play-off place against Michael Smith.
The final match of the night sees Peter Wright, without a win in six, take on the in-form James Wade.
Gurney’s Celtic Connection
The opening game of the night could have a considerable impact on the play-off shake-up.
It’s just leg difference that separates the four players tied in third, and of the quartet it is Daryl Gurney who is unique with his negative LD.
So he knows that a big win against Mensur Suljovic could benefit his top four hopes in more ways than one, and the Irishman is certainly playing well enough to make that happen.
He’s avoided defeat in five of his last six matches (W3 D2 L1), and averaged 95 or higher in his last three; including 104.05 against Wade last time out.
We shouldn’t always read too much into averages, but Mensur Suljovic’s last four outings – 88.80, 93.69, 91.58, 88.71 – highlight a player whose form has deserted him.
Gurney is one of the few players around with a positive head-to-head record against the idiosyncratic Suljovic, winning four of their last five meetings, and so his price of 13/10 with MansionBet to win this one looks fair game. The Austrian can be backed at 8/5 with Betfred.
Clash of the Tungsten Titans
It’s a curious decision of the schedulers to put this Michael van Gerwen vs Rib Cross clash on second.
At least those in attendance will be able to enjoy the spectacle prior to their alcohol consumption rendering them partially sighted, because this will surely be a barnstormer.
The World Championship semi-final between this pair in the dying embers of 2017 proved rather notable for punters. Many felt Cross had taken the baton from MVG with victory there, but the Dutchman has kicked on from there and won everything in sight.
Oh, and he’s beaten Voltage in five of their last six meetings.
These two are by far and away the best players in world darts right now, and you just know that Van Gerwen would love nothing more than to cement his status as THE best on Thursday.
Either way you look at it, the odds on the Dutchman to win this one – a best price of 4/7 with Betsson – are a little narrow given Cross’ capabilities, and Voltage might come in for some interest at 10/3 with William Hill.
For us, we might be tempted to look elsewhere for value.
From Jeers to Cheers for Price
When you’ve been booed from Aberdeen to Rotterdam, Belfast to Exeter, a return to home comforts must surely be welcome.
Gerwyn Price has said before that the boo boys don’t bother him, and maybe he’s right: the Iceman has played the best darts of his life since becoming darts’ pantomime villain.
It will be a strange experience for him then in Cardiff, where he will surely be treated better, and maybe he needs a bit of a negative edge: Price was soundly beaten by Gary Anderson in this venue 12 months ago.
Michael Smith lost 3-8 to MVG last time out – no shame in that, given the Dutchman averaged the thick end of 109, and actually we can reflect on an improvement in Bully Boy’s game of late.
He’s averaged 99 or higher in his last three Premier League outings, and reached the final of a Players Championship event at the weekend.
Snakebite Seeking Lost Venom
This is, in essence, the point of no return for Peter Wright.
Defeat for Snakebite here will essentially end his hopes of a top four finish, with opponent James Wade and either Suljovic or Gurney – or both, if they draw – enhancing their advantage over the Scot.
As anyone who follows sport knows, getting out of a losing streak is very difficult, and Wright finds himself without a Premier League win in six outings now.
There are no such problems for Wade, whose renaissance is a useful story for any sports star in the doldrums to follow. The birth of son Albert has changed everything for the Machine, who won yet another Players Championship title at the weekend to go with his W4 D4 L3 record in this competition.
So we’ve got one player who can’t buy a win at the moment, against another who is so used to victory at present he triumphs even when he’s not at his best.
Quite why both players are priced at 11/8 with Ladbrokes is anybody’s guess then, and from a simple value perspective Wade has to be the play here.
By the end of night eleven of the Premier League Darts 2019, we will have a far better idea of who will make up the final four that take to the O2 Arena in London for the play-offs on May 23.
On that note, Gurney is in better form than Suljovic right now and has to be backed at an agreeable price.
But you wonder if performance pressures on home soil might be enough to derail Price’s play-off push against Smith.
Cross and Van Gerwen should serve up a cracker – good luck with your betting here! – and finally a contest between Wade and Wright that the bookies believe is a 50/50 game clearly is anything but.