Unibet Premier League – Week 6 Previews & Predictions

After a rare weekend off from Players Championship duty, the PDC Premier League rolls into Nottingham this Thursday, as the Motorpoint Arena hosts the action.

The league has yet to take shape, and there is plenty to play for as the nine jockey for position.

There’s a tasty clash between current World Champion, and Order of Merit number one, Michael van Gerwen, and arguably the tour’s most in form player in Gerwyn Price. The UK Open Champion also enters the fray as the latest of the contenders. Here I preview and (try to!) predict this week’s matches.

Nathan Aspinall (N/A) v Michael Smith (8th)

It’s a rematch of the 2019 World Championship semi-final first up in Nottingham, as recent UK Open Champion, Nathan Aspinall makes his Premier League bow against the Ally Pally runner up, Michael Smith. Stockport ace Aspinall captured his first televised major Title with an impressive display in Minehead, sealing the crown with a magical 170 finish to see off Rob Cross 11-5 in the final.

Smith has been struggling with movement following the removal of an abscess, but should be in much better health following a week off.

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Smith was below par in his encounter with Rob Cross in Aberdeen last week. Cross was clinical in patches, and Smith was on the back foot once broken to go 3-2 down. Cross eventually saw out a 7-3 win.

Prediction: Aspinall is the man of the moment, and sure to get a hero’s welcome in Nottingham, but I think Smith can score well enough to secure a 7-4 win.

James Wade (1st) v Mensur Suljovic (6th)

James Wade sits in top spot in the league after five games, and is full value for it following his efforts and results so far. He looks to continue his purple patch against the inconsistent Austrian, Mensur Suljovic.

Premier League Week 5

Wade posted a ruthless 109.59 average in Aberdeen as he blew away Daryl Gurney, with a whitewash 7-0 victory, the first of the 2019 Premier League. He took out 158 and 116 finishes along the way.

Suljovic was always second best in his match with Gerwyn Price. Price romped to a 7-3 success after building a big 5-1 lead.

Prediction: Wade is in fine form, but Suljovic is a tricky customer, with a style that could frustrate the Aldershot man. I’m going with a 6-6 draw.

Rob Cross (2nd) v Raymond van Barneveld (9th)

It doesn’t get much easier for Raymond van Barneveld, as he still awaits a first win in this year’s competition. He meets Rob Cross in Nottingham, with the Hastings man’s form improving all of the time.

Premier League Week 5

Cross impressively dealt with Michael Smith in Scotland, posting a 7-3 win, with a 164 finish the highlight.

van Barneveld’s woes continued, as he slipped to a heavy 7-3 defeat to Peter Wright. He now occupies the dreaded bottom spot in the league, adrift by a point at the foot of the table.

Prediction: I can’t see van Barneveld arresting his slide, and the pick is a comfortable 7-4 win for Cross.

Gerwyn Price (4th) v Michael van Gerwen (3rd)

Match of the night sees Michael van Gerwen, who hasn’t been in the best of recent form, take on a man in a rich vein of it. Gerwyn Price has scooped back to back Players Championship events, and was a semi-finalist at the recent UK Open, while van Gerwen’s Premier League form has been patchy, and he made an early exit at the UK Open at the hands of Mervyn King.

Premier League Week 5

Price enjoyed a decent win over Mensur Suljovic north of the border. A 7-3 win, with Price clinical on his doubles sealed the two points, along with 107 and 127 finishes.

van Gerwen was very much put in the shade by the Highlander in Aberdeen. John Henderson enjoyed the whole of the arena behind him, but it looked as though MVG had done enough to silence the crowd by opening 3-0 and 6-4 leads. Henderson though wouldn’t be denied, and a superb comeback earned a 6-6 draw to the delight of his raucous following.

Prediction: This will be a battle of passionate and vociferous players. I think Price has the edge in form, and can certainly give MVG problems. I think the Welshman can secure a point in a fiery 6-6 draw.

Peter Wright (5th) v Daryl Gurney (7th)

Peter Wright aims for back to back wins this Thursday against the alarmingly out of form, Daryl Gurney. “Superchin” has been demolished in his last two outings in the league, winning only one leg. Wright will be fully aware of this, and will want to take full advantage in Robin Hood country.

Premier League Week 5

Wright met another player not in the best form in Scotland last week, when he eased past Raymond van Barneveld 7-4.

Gurney suffered a humiliating 7-0 defeat to table topper, James Wade in Aberdeen, being afforded just two darts at a double as Wade dominated the match. This came a week after a 7-1 reverse against Rob Cross, and is a major cause for concern.

Prediction: A 7-3 Win for Wright, as Gurney’s struggles are set to continue.

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