James Wade v Raymond Van Barneveld07/02/2019 19:15
Chris Dobey v Mensur Suljovic07/02/2019 20:35
Michael Van Gerwen v Michael Smith07/02/2019 21:30
|180s For Both3 or more|
I am surprised to see the odds so good for James Wade in this match. Yes, I am not a big fan of Wade right now after the Worlds, but he is still a very capable darts player. He reached the final of the Masters just last week and comes up against a Barney who has barely played, let alone of the big stage.
Barney is on his last year now, and I feel that is only the real reason he is in this tournament because he just is not throwing great darts at the moment. Barney is 7/4 to finish last in this tournament, and that is really not surprising.
This should be a fairly straightforward win for James Wade, but it is hard to judge Barney at the moment. He is still a capable darts player, but I struggle to see him getting anything from this match.
Wade smashed Barney 11-2 in their last meeting in the World Series of Darts Finals, and I see him winning again in this match.
Well, this is an interesting decision from the PDC for the Premier League format. Nine players to take Gary Anderson’s place after he backed out with a back injury. If you are unsure what this means, read the PDC statement below.
“Points won by the nine contenders will not count towards the league table, however, their opponents will retain any points gained from the matches. Contenders will receive financial bonuses for winning or drawing their matches.”
Essentially, the tournament players have everything to lose while the nine contenders are playing for financial bonuses on their own turfs with the crowd behind them. I do not want to be the player who draws Max Hopp in Germany or Dimitri in Holland.
Anyway, I still think Mensur will get the job done in this match. Dobey have a great Worlds, but can he build on that in this match? Personally, I see value in Mensur at 4/5, and he is throwing some great darts right now, coming fresh from a Semi-Final in the Grand Slam and a Quarter Final in the Masters.
Meanwhile, Chris Dobey has had a fairly long break since his World’s performances, but it is hard to know how disciplined his training has been since then. This game could be a cracker, but I think Mensur will have the experience and coolness to get a win here.
I have a lot of faith in Micael Smith hitting the three 180s we need, and MVG certainly has the ability to do so too. But, MVG just loves switching to the 19’s. However, he was back to fine 180 scoring form in his last two tournaments, and his scoring will have to be big to match Smith’s.
Smith brought the best out of Gerwen in their final at the Worlds, in which he hit 14 180s. Gerwen has hit three or more 180s in 11 of his last 12 TV tournaments, and I see this being a thriller full of 180s.
Michael Smith will be looking for revenge in this match, and I can see it going all the way to a 6-6 draw if he plays to his ability. This should give both players plenty of time to hit the 180s we need to land this tip!
Use Betfair’s Acca edge to protect the treble if it loses by one leg. But, it will put the odds down to 4.65. That choice is yours!
Steven is the product manager on BettingLounge and is an experienced iGaming writer who has been working in the industry since 2018.