Premier League Darts Accumulator – Night 7 in Berlin
The Premier League arrives in mainland Europe for the first time this season as Berlin hosts night seven of the competition. The first match sees two players with similar records take on each other, as Gerwyn Price plays Rob Cross. Both players have only lost one game so far this Premier League season, and both of these defeats were 7-2 losses against Michael van Gerwen. Both players are also enjoying their darts at the moment, and so a good game should be in prospect. This may be too close to call in terms of a winner, but there could be a better option in the 180s market. Gerwyn Price has thrown more 180s than anybody in the Premier League this year (20), yet his line for this match is just 2.5 180s. He’s achieved that in four of his six matches so far, and with a close match in prospect, he’s taken to fire in at least three against Cross.
Michael van Gerwen hasn’t been at his best recently, but he’s taken to find some form against Daryl Gurney in Berlin. Despite not being at his best, MvG tops the Premier League table after defeating Gerwyn Price last week, and comes here fresh after not participating in the Players Championship qualifiers at the weekend. Gurney reached a final of those qualifiers at the weekend, but he’s not playing great at the moment. Admittedly he fought back from 6-3 down against Peter Wright last week to earn a draw, but that’s the only point he’s collected in three weeks in the Premier League. Gurney caused a massive shock by beating ‘Mighty Mike’ in the Players Championship Finals last November (their most recent meeting), but ‘Superchin’ failed to beat MvG in their other eight meetings last season, and normal service should be resumed here.
The final match of the night, and the one the home crowd will be looking forward to the most, as home favourite Max Hopp plays Raymond van Barneveld. Hopp is the latest ‘contender’ to take to the stage in the Premier League, and although none of the previous six have got a victory, they have generally performed with great credit, and Hopp is expected to give RvB a tough night in Berlin. ‘Barney’ sits bottom of the league table and is now three points adrift of his nearest competitor. The Dutchman did reach the final of a Players Championship event at the weekend, but he didn’t have to beat any top players to reach that final, and so it may be risky to read too much into that performance. Hopp hasn’t has a great start to the season, he currently sits 46th on the Players Championship Order of Merit, but he’s a different animal in front of his adoring German crowd. ‘The Maximiser’ picked up his only European Tour title at the German Darts Open last year, so shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the occasion, and he’s taken to heap more misery on ‘Barney’s’ farewell Premier League season.