Unibet Premier League – Week 15 Preview & Predictions

Push is really coming to shove in the Unibet Premier League, and this week the roadshow hits the Fly DSE Arena in Sheffield.

The top two of Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen are as good as qualified for the season ending play offs in London, but the other two participants are still very much up in the air. With only two matches to play, we should be much closer to finding out the identity of the semi finalists come the end of the night in Yorkshire.

Here is my week 15 preview.

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Michael Smith (8th) v James Wade (3rd)

The opener sees Michael Smith, who has endured a horror 2019 Premier League campaign, take on the red hot James Wade, who is a real threat for the title. Smith can not now qualify for the O2, but Wade will arrive in Sheffield intent on gaining the two points that he hopes will cement his semi final berth.

Premier League Week 14

Smith waved goodbye to any hopes of the final four, as he was hammered 8-1 by a rampant Rob Cross in Manchester. Smith was only afforded five attempts at the double, as he was comprehensively beaten.

Wade was again Mr consistency in the north west, in a bad tempered 8-4 win against fellow play off hopeful, Gerwyn Price. A 94.3 average was enough to see off the Welshman, who offered no handshake post match.

Austrian Darts Open

The Euro Tour hit Austria last weekend, with both players in action. Smith was ousted at the first hurdle, exiting 6-4 at the hands of Steve Beaton.

Wade had another decent run, where he reached the semi finals. Ian White accounted for the Aldershot man 7-4 to reach the final.

Prediction: This is a match between two men with opposite ambitions. Wade is in great form currently, and with Smith struggling for consistency, I lean towards Wade to pick up a vital two points in an 8-5 win.

Mensur Suljovic (4th) v Rob Cross (1st)

Table topper Rob Cross faces a tricky test against Mensur Suljovic in match two the night. Cross will have designs on finishing the season at the top of the league, while Suljovic will be desperate to keep his place in the all important top four.

Premier League Week 14

Suljovic was workmanlike in seeing off the eliminated Peter Wright in Manchester. An 8-6 victory, with a modest 93.91 average for the big Austrian, kept him firmly in the hunt for the big prize.

Cross was red hot at the Manchester Arena, as he bulldozed Michael Smith 8-1. A 102.54 average, alongside 57.14% success on the doubles moved Cross to the summit of the league.

Austrian Darts Open

Home hero Suljovic was eliminated in Graz at the last 16 stage, with James Wade easing to a 6-3 win.

Cross was knocked out in the same round, with a resurgent Steve Beaton enjoying a 6-2 victory.

Prediction: I think this could be a nip and tuck affair, and Suljovic is more than happy to go into the trenches. I think “The Gentle” could nick something out of the match, and I’ll go with a 7-7 draw

Daryl Gurney (5th) v Gerwyn Price (6th)

It’s a real four pointer in the penultimate match of the evening, with Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price desperate for maximum points to keep their hopes alive. Defeat for either would surely spell the end of their dreams of lifting the pyramid trophy in London.

Premier League Week 14

Gurney again defied the odds, and did the double over Michael van Gerwen in Manchester. He never looked back from 4-0 up, and was rock solid on his doubles to round off an 8-5 win.

Price was agitated from the walk on against James Wade, and his performance reflected this. A dismal 89 average belied a poor display from “The Iceman” and he succumbed to an 8-4 defeat.

Austrian Darts Open

Gurney produced another solid run on the Euro Tour, reaching a semi final, where Michael van Gerwen gained a measure of revenge in a 7-3 win.

Price ran into old foe James Wade in the quarters, with the Welshman suffering a 6-4 reverse.

Prediction: This will be another tight affair, but Gurney has yet to defeat Price in four attempts on the big stage. It depends which Price turns up, and for this reason, I fancy “Superchin” to break his Price hoodoo, and record an 8-6 win

Michael Van Gerwen (2nd) v Peter Wright (7th)

The final match of the night sees the World Champion in action. Michael Van Gerwen is facing the unusual prospect of not finishing the season on top of the table, and he will be eager to at least take the fight for top spot to the final round of games. Peter Wright has already been eliminated, but will be focused on dealing the Dutchman a setback in Sheffield.

Premier League Week 14

van Gerwen was again upset by Daryl Gurney last week, starting way too slowly in an 8-5 defeat.

Wright was again not at his optimum, and lost out to Mensur Suljovic 8-6.

Austrian Darts Open

It was business as usual in Graz, as Michael van Gerwen picked up yet another Euro Tour Title. It was tougher going in the final than it was in Germany a week earlier, as Ian White this time pushed MVG all the way before going down 8-7.

Wright’s run was ended in the quarter final by van Gerwen, in a low quality 6-5 win for the three times World Champion.

Prediction: Wright is still struggling for anywhere near his best form, and van Gerwen will be sure to take advantage of this. I think this could be another difficult nights work for the Scot, and my pick is a simple enough 8-3 win for MVG.

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