PL Darts Trader’s Tips: Cross to edge Gurney in Belfast tussle?
Betting preview and odds for night ten
After last week’s Dutch double header in Rotterdam, it’s onto Belfast this Thursday where Daryl Gurney will be the star attraction in front of a raucous home crowd.
Superchin takes on Rob Cross in the third game of the night, while league leader Michael van Gerwen renews his rivalry with Gerwyn Price.
Our man on the trading floor Alan Vye has cast his eye over all of the matches in Belfast and given us three of his best bets across the night’s play.
Coral News: So Alan, Judgement Night has been and gone and now only eight remain. Is it still Michael van Gerwen’s to lose, or could we see a shock with MVG proving inconsistent?
Alan Vye: I certainly wouldn’t rule out a shock with MVG’s form proving indifferent. If James Wade and Cross both make the play-offs, it wouldn’t be out the question for one of them to beat the Green Machine. [Cross is 5/1 to win the Premier League, Wade is 10/1]
CN: Onto tonight and it’s Mensur Suljovic v James Wade up first. Are we expecting a close game between two pretty consistent players?
AV: Suljovic’s deliberate style caused a bit of friction between the two at a recent Euro Tour event. The Austrian came out on top that day, won their PL clash earlier this season and has a 10-5 winning record.
Having said that, recent averages suggest Wade is playing the better of the two at present and if he can overcome the clash in styles I fancy him to get the job done. [Wade is 11/10 to win]
CN: Michael Smith and Peter Wright have both disappointed to a large extent in the Premier League. Is this a winner-takes-all-clash in the race for Finals Night?
AV: It looks that way, especially for Smith who must be bitterly disappointed with his PL campaign off the back of his exploits at the Worlds.
Wright was so bad in the Dutch double header last week and I can’t see him playing like that again. It wouldn’t surprise me if this ended all square. [A 7-7 Draw is 10/3]
CN: Rob Cross demolished Daryl Gurney 7-1 in Exeter. The Northern Irishman is in decent form now, though, and has the backing of a home crowd. Could he pull off a mini-shock?
AV: Possibly. Gurney won the most recent Euro Tour event beating Cross en-route and has enjoyed a lot of success in the PL of late. Cross, however, has been pretty rock solid this season and with the new extended format I fancy him to edge a tight contest. [Cross is 10/11 to win]
CN: Then it’s down to MVG and Gerwyn Price. The Green Machine breezed past the Welshman last time. How much does Price need to up his game for this one?
AV: I’m not normally one to over obsess with head-to-head form but MVG boasts a 15-0 record over Price. Price did miss a match dart in their recent Euro Tour clash but I just don’t seem him living with van Gerwen in Belfast. [Van Gerwen -3.5 is 5/6]
CN: Finally can you give us your three best bets once again for tonight’s action?
AV: Wade to beat Suljovic @ 11/10
Wade to hit the most 180s v Suljovic @ 11/10
Price to hit the most 180s v van Gerwen @ 13/8
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