Premier League Darts: Night 10 predictions for Belfast, betting tips, accas, order of play & TV time

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We're only just getting over the emotion and drama of last week's double-header in Rotterdam, which saw the relegation, and then retirement, of Raymond van Barneveld, only for the Dutch legend to reverse his decision after taking time to think it over.

There's hardly any time to rest though for our eight remaining contenders as they embark on the first of seven remaining league nights of battle to grab one of the four play-off spots in May.

Michael van Gerwen is still the huge odds-on favourite to lift the title after an impressive double in Rotterdam, but he's not been unbeatable this season and in a congested table with only four points covering the top six anything can still happen.

Belfast is the venue for the start of the second half of the season, and the SSE Arena will be jumping, especially when a certain Daryl Gurney takes to the stage.

Here Paul Higham runs through all five fixtures, complete with head-to-head records, season stats so far, match verdicts, suggested bets and accas - plus a reminder of how the table looks.

Premier League Night 10: April 4

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  • TV Coverage: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)
  • Format: Maximum of 14 legs

Accumulators

Treble: Wade, Cross & Van Gerwen at 4/1

Four Fold: Van Gerwen, Cross, Smith, Wade at 11/1

Draw no bet accas: The above two accas at 2/1 & 4.3/1 respectively

Most 180s on the night: James Wade at 11/1
Gerwyn Price is the top maximum hitter in the event so far so the 17/2 may look attractive on first glance but he's played more legs than anyone else and could also be blown out by MVG. Wade, however, has the best average in the tournament, is the second-best 180 hitter with 31 from 96 legs, has topped the weekly charts twice and could well go the distance against Suljovic - so with all those conditions in his favour the price of 11/1 is definitely worth a small investment.

Mensur Suljovic (7/4) v James Wade (11/10), draw (3/1)

Best Average: 101.38 - 109.59
Tournament 180s: 22 - 31
Checkout %: 49/111 - 53/113
High Checkout: 136 - 158

Head-to-head: 10-5
Meetings since start of 2018: 3-2
PDC Titles Since Start of 2018: 2-2
Career Titles: 5-30

Suljovic won the first Premier League meeting 7-3 and he's won three of the last four in the competition, while Wade is on a three-game unbeaten run himself that's taken him to third in the table, just a point ahead of Thursday's opponent.

Wade has the better numbers, with a superior highest average, better overall average, more 180s, higher checkout percentage and biggest checkout, but Suljovic is one of those tricky characters who can put you off your game and his slow, methodical style is obviously all wrong for Wade going by the favourable record the Austrian has against 'The Machine' and is something you have to take note of.

However, Wade stuck in a nine-darter in Germany at the weekend despite losing in the last 16 so he's obviously throwing well, and he's only lost one of the last seven in this, albeit to Suljovic himself, but it shows he's hard to beat and in what should be a tight opener he's just given the nod to pinch it.

Prediction: 6-8

Suggested bet:Wade win & most 180s at 3/1

Michael Smith (5/4) v Peter Wright (6/4), draw (3/1)

Best Average: 100.21 - 106.64
Tournament 180s: 28 - 25
Checkout %: 46/109 - 48/113
High Checkout: 150 - 100

Head-to-head: 8-15 (1 draw)
Meetings since start of 2018: 3-3 (1 draw)
PDC Titles Since Start of 2018: 3-2
Career Titles: 11-22

Bottom-placed Smith faces second-bottom Wright where a defeat for either will already make qualifying for the play-offs a tough task. Wright hasn't won in four Premier League games and is the draw specialist of the competition with four - including one against Smith in their first meeting.

Wright has a great record against Bully Boy but in this event Smith is unbeaten in their last three contests, so it's a devilishly difficult one to call, and given Snakebite's penchant for stalemates you'd be looking at the draw if it were not for the extra couple of legs they play at this stage.

The 14-leg match now should give Smith a bit more breathing room to relax into the game so, although their records are similar and it's a difficult one to call, Smith is just given the edge due to the fact he's looked a better on more occasions this season, and he gave himself the weekend off to recharge the batteries so will be relatively fresh.

Prediction: 8-5

Suggested bet: Michael Smith to win the match, score over 2.5 180s and checkout over 81.5 at 2/1

Rob Cross (10/11) v Daryl Gurney (2/1), draw (3/1)

Best Average: 104.33 - 100.05
Tournament 180s: 29 - 22
Checkout %: 55/131 - 46/121
High Checkout: 164 - 140

Head-to-head: 4-4
Meetings since start of 2018: 2-4
PDC Titles Since Start of 2018: 2-2
Career Titles: 7-4

What a match this could be! You feel a bit for Rob Cross who faced Jeffrey de Zwaan in Rotterdam and now gets Gurney in front of his home fans - but he's more than a cool enough customer to handle it. He's also such a likeable player that he won't face such a barrage of abuse certain others would.

Gurney will be on a high after winning the German Darts Championship and moving up into third in the world, and he beat Cross 6-2 in the last 16 on the way to his first European Tour title at the weekend, so will be hopeful of reversing the 7-1 thrashing Cross gave him in their first Premier League meeting.

It's certainly the form match of the night - Cross has won five out of six while Gurney has strung together three wins in a row to jump up from eighth to fourth in the table, and this could be a classic encounter if both men hit their best form.

Cross has been impressive in this event this season though, so although I always like to back a draw in one match each evening, this week could follow last week, which was the first night of the season to have no stalemates in it.

Prediction: 8-5

Suggested bet: Three or more 100+ checkouts at 5/2

Michael van Gerwen (2/7) v Gerwyn Price (5/1), draw (6/1)

Best Average: 104.98 - 104.11
Tournament 180s: 28 - 33
Checkout %: 56/125 - 50/123
High Checkout: 132 - 147

Head-to-head: 15-0
Meetings since start of 2018: 4-0
PDC Titles Since Start of 2018: 23-4
Career Titles: 121-6

MVG flexed his Premier League muscles in Rotterdam with two 7-1 wins to make sure he finished the first half of the season in top spot, but he's not had it all his own way of course this season and again he suffered an early loss in Germany at the weekend by losing his first match.

Keegan Brown actually took out both of these in Germany as he followed up beating MVG by knocking Price out in the quarter-finals, but the Welshman will be more focused on his awful 0-15 record against Mighty Mike than anything else.

Price did at least stop an alarming run of three straight defeats with a win over Wright last week, but there's no doubt that his record against MVG is now well entrenched in his mind as he's far too good a player to have that kind of record against anyone.

Prediction: 8-4

Suggested bet: MVG to win, Price most 180s, MVG highest checkout at 6/1

2019 Premier League Darts Table

  1. Van Gerwen P 9 W 6 D 1 L 2 LegD +22 Pts 13
  2. Cross P 9 W 6 D 1 L 2 LegD +16 Pts 13
  3. Wade P 9 W 4 D 3 L 2 LegD +10 Pts 11
  4. Gurney P 9 W 5 D 1 L 3 LegD +2 Pts 11
  5. Suljovic P 9 W 4 D 2 L 3 LegD +2 Pts 10
  6. Price P 9 W 3 D 3 L 3 LegD +5 Pts 9
  7. Wright P 9 W 2 D 4 L 3 LegD -5 Pts 8
  8. Smith P 9 W 3 D 1 L 5 LegD -6 Pts 7
  9. Relegated: Van Barneveld P 9 W 1 D 2 L 6 LegD -22 Pts 4

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