Premier League Darts Accumulator – Night 16 in Leeds
The final set of league fixtures gets underway with a game between Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright. Price needs at least a draw here to stand any chance of making the last four, whilst realistically Wright’s hopes of a play-off place disappeared weeks ago. ‘Snakebite’ has now lost his last five Premier League matches, but at the weekend on the European Tour there was some better news, as Wright made the final of the European Darts Grand Prix, knocking out Michael van Gerwen in the process. With Price desperate for points, and Wright potentially playing better, this should be a close match-up, and over 12.5 legs looks a solid selection in the opening game.
The second match of the evening sees Daryl Gurney play Michael Smith. It’s a similar scenario to the opening game, with Gurney needing at least a draw to progress to the play-offs, and Smith really just playing for pride. ‘Superchin’ is in better form than Smith right now, and it’s possible that if Gurney gets off to a good start, Smith’s head could drop and we could see a one-sided match. The -2.5 leg handicap on Gurney is of interest, but instead a straight win on the Northern Irish man is the call. Whatever the outcome, it’s unlikely we’ll need security to separate the two competitors as we did last week between Gurney and Price.
Michael van Gerwen is up next, and he takes on Mensur Suljovic. Van Gerwen will be desperate for a win to try and regain top spot in the table from Rob Cross. Depending on other results, the Austrian also needs something from this game if he is to appear in finals night. Van Gerwen looked back to his best last week, when demolishing Peter Wright 8-1 with a 111 average, and a similar performance here would surely be too much for ‘The Gentle’. The Dutchman has won all three of their meetings so far this year, including a 7-3 win earlier on in this tournament, and a similar scoreline is expected.
The final match of the league phase sees league leader Rob Cross, take on play-off hopeful James Wade. Depending on results earlier on in the evening, at the start of this match both players will know what they will need to do to reach their own personal goal. That being the case, it’s difficult to know who will have the most motivation to get a result from this match. However, Cross has played some brilliant darts so far this season, and his total of 51 180s in the Premier League is only bettered by Michael Smith (52). Wade’s maximum hitting has dropped off a little in recent weeks, so ‘Voltage’ is taken to fire in more 180s in the final game of the night.