Premier League Darts: Predictions & betting tips for MVG v Wright and more from three-time world champion John Part

Last Updated February 08 2018, 21:05Darts
Find out who John Part is backing in this week's Premier League Darts
Find out who John Part is backing in this week's Premier League Darts

John Part has 10/1 treble for Thursday's Premier League Darts plus a range of other tips for the five matches including Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright.

The Premier League Darts season is into week two in Cardiff and three-time world champion John Part brings you his insightful match-by-match predictions and betting tips.

Scroll further down for those, which include a 10/1 treble, but you can also listen to him on episode two of the Sporting Life Darts Podcast (available for FREE on itunes and soundcloud) in which he discusses Adrian Lewis' antics, MVG's 100 titles and this week's matches as well as answering YOUR questions - including one from a pub player who needs advice about beating a player he hates!

Click here to listen to episode two of the Sporting Life Darts Podcast for free!

John Part's Week Two treble & best bets

TREBLE: Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen and Mensur Suljovic at 10/1 - click here to back it at Sky Bet!

Scroll down for his full rundown of each match & bet explanation

Michael Smith (7/4) v Daryl Gurney (11/10), draw 3/1

We often look back on the weekend action to help us figure out what might be going on - as well as the last round of Premier League fixtures - and there's two major pieces of information to help you make your pick in this one.

One being Michael Smith beating MVG and winning the tournament on Sunday but then the other titbit is Daryl Gurney beating Michael Smith 6-0 the previous day! Which has more meaning, that is the problem.

I'm personally thinking that winning a tournament, beating the world number one as well as winning last week is of greater significance so Michael Smith looks good to me - and he's a good price at 7/4. That's where the value lies.

I don't think the 6-0 loss will bother him too much because they have pretty comparable head-to-head records in the past - there's no huge dominance either way.

The win on Sunday will mean he's very confident, especially after beating Gary Anderson last week to get two points on the board.

Even look at a match treble for Smith to win, hit more 180s and the high finish at 6/1.

Scroll down for more match previews

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Rob Cross (1/2) v Simon Whitlock (4/1), draw 7/2

No one said his reign as world champion would be easy! It's not easy to become world champion in the first place and certainly doesn't get easier after that.

He lost all three of his matches across the weekend in Wigan having made the overnight ferry trip from Dublin and he's learning the hard way.

The match he lost to MVG last week wasn't him playing poorly, more his opponent playing so well, so don't put too much thought on that when looking ahead to this clash.

Simon Whitlock certainly look good last week but even if he plays that well again, Rob will be able to live with him so I think the 1/2 is good value.

But the bet I like most is the 'easiest' Player Performance market for Cross to win, hit over 2.5 180s and have a high checkout of more than 85.5 at 6/4.

This is a guy who marked his career to date by being the most consistent player on the tour, so these targets seem very reasonable.

Michael van Gerwen (1/3) v Peter Wright (6/1), draw 4/1

Michael van Gerwen is a nemesis for Peter Wright more than anyone else.

He stopped him winning the world championship when he first came to prominence and then tossed away the Premier League title last year when missing all those match darts.

He's got a dreadful head-to-head record percentage-wise, and although he does tend to play well against MVG, he struggles to put him away when he gets the chance.

And after Michael's weekend, I can't see that trend changing.

Peter did have a decent weekend to fix some of the problems of last Thursday, when he looked uncomfortable with his darts, but he won't be the same level as Michael.

The safe option of 1/3 has appeal but the match treble for MVG to win, have the most 180s and hit the highest checkout is pretty solid at 15/8.

I also like the 'medium' Player Performance bet for for MVG to win, score over 3.5 180s and checkout over 112.5 - that pays 4/1 and is pretty interesting for me.

Gerwyn Price (5/2) v Gary Anderson (4/5), draw 3/1

When they last met at the Masters, Gary jibed "If you can’t beat a man with a bad back, you better go back to the practice board" following his win.

So now Gerwyn Price will be very focused on beating someone with a bad back! Or will it get too much into his head?

Gary had the weekend off while Gerwyn missed Sunday's event after a couple of decent days so he'll have had a bit of rest.

I assume he won't be travelling far for Thursday as it's in Cardiff and because this is pretty much home turf - maybe this means the crowd will be against Gary. He is a very popular player, so it may not be that bad.

Gary can get a bit temperamental and if the crowd and Gerwyn set him off, and his bad back continues to bother him, then who knows.

He probably has too much fight for that and the history between them means the 4/5 on Anderson is quite attractive.

But overall I don't like betting on this one because there's too much of a question mark over Anderson. I certainly wouldn't get involved in the 180s because Gerwun is a good scorer too.

Raymond van Barneveld (1/1) v Mesur Suljovic (15/8), draw 3/1

I think Raymond is going to be feeling frustrated. He lost to the same guy twice in the first round over the two events he played in over the weekend - despite there being 256 entries!

He won't have been impressed with that and then didn't play on the Sunday - I'm not sure whether that was always the plan or if he just stormed out.

Mensur had a nice weekend at home, I'm assuming, to try and lick his wounds following Simon's surprisingly great return to the Premier League.

I don't think Mensur would have expected that level of play against him, so he'll be coming back to win.

Raymond has a bad habit of letting points slip away in the Premier League over the years - and if you're backing him you want his head to be right. And I'm not sure it is right now.

It's been a bit of a gruelling week, having played in Dublin, then up to Wigan for the weekend and then down to Cardiff for Thursday.

Suljovic has probably handled it better by skipping the weekend tournaments so I think he's worth a shot at 15/8 even though Barney to get him in the Masters.

The very low Player Performance bet for Mensur is also tempting - he needs just two or more 180s and over an 80 checkout in a victory at 7/2.

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