The 2019 Unibet Premier League of darts reaches a crucial point this week with the double header in Rotterdam. And with Judgement Night looming on Thursday (night nine), a lot rests on Wednesday night’s action.
Here is how we think it will go down on Wednesday night, which will be available to watch in Rileys Sports Bars.
When and Where is It on
There is no atmosphere quite like Rotterdam in a 10,000 capacity sold out venue. The Dutch love their darts, so keep an eye and indeed ear out for the heroes welcomes that MVG and Raymond van Barneveld receive on home turf.
All the action is exclusive to Sky, but we’ll have it on our big screens, so you can catch all the action.
The form guide
It is perhaps surprising at this point that we aren’t writing about van Gerwen’s dominance at the top of the table. Indeed the reigning world champion’s campaign has stuttered somewhat in previous weeks with just one win in his last four games, which also features two defeats.
Instead it is perennial Rileys favourite Rob Cross who sits atop of the premier league table. With five wins a draw and just one loss, the former electrician has quietly gone about his business in a workman like fashion. And he is on excellent form. Since losing in the UK Open final, he has played 12 matches & averaged 100+ in 11 of them. Mensur Suljovic could be his bogeyman however, he has lost to the Austrian in their last four meetings.
What the experts are saying
All of the PDC predictors have Rob Cross to win against Suljovic despite the Austrian’s superiority in their recent form.
They are also unanimous in James Wade beating Contender Dimitri Van den Bergh. None can see Peter Wright finding a winning formula against van Gerwen either.
They are most divided on van Barneveld and Gurney. Can RVB extend his stay in the Premier League on his farewell tour? The Rotterdam crowd may inspire him to do just that.
Stats to impress your friends
Despite the generally positive reaction with regards to the contenders that have replaced Gary Anderson – none have won so far. Dimitri Van den Bergh will seek to change that against James Wade.
Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen have played each other 68 times! Wright has prevailed on 15 occasions, tailing 4-6 in head to heads in 2018.
Rob Cross has averaged over 100 in 6 of his 7 Premier League games this season.
Via Unibet, Peter Wright is 4/1 to spring an upset against MVG, and you can get the same odds on the draw as well. Dimitri Van den Bergh is 15/8 to bag the first win for the contenders.
How do we think it will go
Never underestimate the power of the Rotterdam crowd. We think it could well inspire Raymond van Barneveld to roll back the years and gain a previous win. And that would be some story ahead of Judgement Night.