It’s a big few days of action in the Premier League of Darts which heads to Rotterdam for a double header.
After tomorrow’s matches it all comes down to Judgement Night to see which player is eliminated from the competition, with seven of the nine players still mathematically in with a chance of an early exit.
But who will it be? Our darts expert picks out the best bets from Wednesday’s match ups.
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
The encounter between ‘The Iceman’ and ‘Bully Boy’ kicks-off the first night of action in Holland, with both players in need of the points to avoid the drop.
Surprisingly Smith is the one in most danger as he is currently one point above the drop zone after a disappointing campaign to date, where he has picked up just two wins from the seven games.
If Smith was to bow out of the Premier League it would be a massive blow, and with him being a confidence player, it is likely to play on his mind.
Price comes into this game with back-to-back league defeats and seems to be hitting a sticky patch when he needs it the least.
It has reached the crunch stage now though, and I can see Bully Boy just having enough to see off Price and a 7-4 win can be backed at 17/2.
Rob Cross v Mensur Suljovic
The two in-form players in the Premier League go head-to-head in what is sure to a be a tight contest.
Cross is back playing somewhere near his best and has won his last four league matches to sit pretty at the top of the table heading into the double header, while Suljovic realistically needs a point to make sure of his place in the latter stages.
The Austrian has lost just one of his last four, including a 7-2 demolition of Smith last week in Germany.
I expect this contest to go the distance, and simply cannot split them so a 6-6 draw looks the best bet at 7/2.
Raymond van Barneveld v Daryl Gurney
It is simply a must-win for Barney who currently props up the table, while a defeat for Gurney would bring him well and truly into the elimination mix.
A 7-3 win over Max Hopp in Germany last week has given the former World Champion some hope going into these two matches, and he will have the full support of the Rotterdam crowd.
Gurney looked impressive in last week’s surprise 7-2 win over Michael van Gerwen, but this week it will be a completely different kettle of fish in Barney’s backyard.
I fancy the drama to carry on into Judgement Night on Thursday, so back a Barney win at 2/1.
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