Premier League Darts Accumulator – Night 13 in Birmingham
Night 13 in Birmingham kicks off with a match between Michael Smith and Mensur Suljovic. Following another defeat last week, Smith remains at the bottom of the Premier League table, and really does need to win his four remaining matches to have any hope of reaching the play-offs. Suljovic is one of three players tied on 14 points, and needs a win here to continue his push for a place at the O2 next month. Although he has deserved better in recent weeks, Smith is without a win in his last four Premier League contests, and lost 6-0 to Ricky Evans in his opening match at the German Grand Prix at the weekend. These are worrying times for fans of the ‘Bully Boy’, and Suljovic comes here with a better record this year. However, a big performance from Smith could be just round the corner, and one area where he should dominate the Austrian is in the 180 department. Smith has hit a PL high of 41 this season, whilst Suljovic has hit 31, including just two in each of the last two weeks. If Smith can get into his rhythm early, he should outscore ‘The Gentle’ in the 180 market.
Fresh from losing his place at the top of the table last week, Rob Cross faces Gerwyn Price on night 13. For the second time in this Premier League campaign, Cross took a heavy beating from Michael van Gerwen last week, but he can still be satisfied with eight wins from 12 matches so far this season. Price went through a bit of a lean spell midway through this campaign, but has won three of his last four PL matches now, so both players are in good form coming into this one. The Welshman took the week off from the European Tour, whilst Cross played some good darts in reaching the semi-finals of the German Darts Grand Prix, before losing to MvG once more. He averaged 94, 111 and 105 in seeing off Michael Rasztovits, Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic before another disappointing showing against the World Number one. This should be an entertaining contest, but preference is for Cross to put those defeats to van Gerwen behind him and all but confirm his place in the play-offs. He’s won their previous two Premier League fixtures, and he’s playing well enough to make it a hat-trick of victories against ‘The Iceman’.
Peter Wright takes on Daryl Gurney next, and to reach the play-offs at the O2, it’s a game ‘Snakebite’ really must win. Wright has just two victories to his name this campaign, a 7-5 victory over contender Steve Lennon and a 7-3 win over Raymond van Barneveld, so hasn’t beaten anyone who remains in the Premier League. Gurney has only picked up one point in his last three Premier League matches, so also needs a win to get his campaign back on track. Wright suffered another disappointing weekend on the European Tour, losing his opening match to Ross Smith, whilst Gurney can take some positives with a victory over Kyle Anderson and then a 101 average in a close-run 6-5 defeat to Rob Cross. With Wright changing his darts from one week to the next, there’s more consistency to Gurney’s game right now, and that could give him the edge in this encounter.