Premier League Darts Correct Score Double – Play Offs in London
After 16 weeks of darting action, it all comes down to this, as the final four players battle it out on Thursday evening to become the 2019 Premier League of Darts Champion. The first semi-final sees Michael van Gerwen take on his nemesis from this campaign Daryl Gurney. The Dutchman has looked second best to Rob Cross for most of this PL season, but with ‘Voltage’ losing last week, van Gerwen was able to top the league for the seventh successive year. Furthermore, in his previous six play-off appearances, ‘Mighty Mike’ has reached the final on every occasion, taking home the title four times, and being runner-up twice. Van Gerwen has a wealth of Premier League play-off experience to draw upon, unlike his opponent, who is making his first appearance in the final four. Gurney did incredibly well to hold his nerve last week when seeing off Michael Smith to book his place at the O2, and he shouldn’t be fearing playing the World Number One given their recent head-to-head record. ‘Superchin’ beat MvG in both of their matches in the league phase of this competition, and won the Players Championship Final at the end of last year against the World Champion. Van Gerwen did win their most recent meeting on the European Tour just a couple of weeks ago, and will certainly be out for some Premier League revenge when the pair meet again on Thursday. It’s expected that Gurney will give another good account of himself, but van Gerwen’s record on play-off night is pretty special, ten wins from twelve games, and he’s selected to come through a fairly tight contest.
The second semi-final is a repeat of last weeks match, as Rob Cross takes on James Wade. Cross looked like he was going to make history last week, and become only the third player to top the Premier League table, but defeat to Wade saw him slip to second place in the league table. ‘Voltage’ can still be pleased with his performances in the Premier League this season, ten wins from 16 matches and almost a 100 average for the tournament represents a good improvement on last year. However there are signs that Cross’s form is dipping at just the wrong moment, he’s now lost two of his last five Premier League matches, and has suffered early defeats in his last two European Tour tournaments. Wade’s return to the Premier League has also been a successful one, he’s only lost three of his 16 matches, including just one defeat in his last ten. There have been more draws than he would have liked, but his average of 98 across the 16 matches indicates how well he has played. Their only two meetings this season have come in the Premier League, and they have one win apiece, and this should be another close match. Cross never really showed up against Wade last week, and averaged just 92 in an 8-6 defeat, and that has to be a bit of a concern. This has been Wade’s tenth Premier League campaign, but his first visit to the play-offs since 2013, but he is a former winner of this competition (in 2009) and has been playing as well as ever in the last six months. The bookies make Cross the favourite, but his form over the last few weeks is a worry, and Wade is taken to win another close match.