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Premier League Darts Dublin 2019

Premier League Dublin 2019

The third round of the 2019 PDC Premier League comes from the 3Arena Dublin and is always a venue packed to the brim with dart fans.

Michael van Gerwen heads up the leader board having won both of his past two matches. The reigning Premier League Champion and current World Champion looks like he is in curse control, however, his opponent in Dublin is the former 2018 World Champion, Rob Cross. Cross is currently equal in second place with one win, one draw, plus a three-leg difference. A win for Cross could see him heading up the Premier League Table come the fourth round.

 

Michael Smith

Peter WrightMichael was extremely frustrated with his draw against Peter Wright last week. The PDC World Champion runner-up was also the 2018 Premier League runner-up, losing out to the eventual winner Michael van Gerwen on both occasions. His recent form would suggest he will make the play-off finals, however, he languishes in seventh place. He faces Daryl Gurney in Dublin and with the home crowd behind Gurney, Smith will find it hard to gain a win. Even the bookies, online darts betting with Betway, find it hard to split the two players. Gurney will have the advantage of the home crowd and the comfort of currently being ahead of Smith on the League table and this could well be the match of the night.

 

Steve Lennon

Steve Lennon was picked as one of the nine ‘Contenders’ to replace the injured Gary Anderson. The Irishman performed well in the World Championships and will be a crowd favourite.

The Contenders play just one match each with a bonus if they manage a draw or better still a win. Previous ‘Contenders’, Chris Dobey and Glen Durrant, the former 3x BDO World Champion could only manage a draw and a loss respectively. So, could Lennon be the first ‘Contender’ to win?

Lennon will face PDC World No. 3 Peter Wright. Wright has only managed two draws out of two matches and could see Lennon as an easy opponent. For Wright the crowd are normally backing him to win, however, Dublin might be just a little different. Will home advantage for Lennon help him become the first ‘Contender’ to win? We will have to wait and see.

 

Raymond van BarneveldMensur Suljović V Raymond van Barneveld

Scheduled to be the last match of the night, Suljović v Barneveld is likely to be a close call. Barney has the slight lead over Suljović going into round three however, these are still early rounds and little can be read into the leg difference at this point.

Barney is in his retirement year and he seems to be picking the events he wishes to attend. Barney along with Suljović are both Sky Sports wild card entries. Many have questioned if Barney should be in this year’s event as his form has been lacking over the past six months. Barney, however, is a player nobody should write-off. He has proved time and again, when he is on form, he can beat anyone in the world and in my opinion, I am happy to see him again competing against the current best players in the World.

 

James Wade v Gerwyn Price

James has shown determination in recent months; however, he trails Price in the Premier League. Many think 2019 will be a good year for both players and this head to head is likely to have a good show of emotion and aggressive play. Both players have recently been the subject of crowd disapproval with their antics on the oche so it will be interesting to see who the crowd support.

The best thing the players can do is play well; score high and take out big finishes, if they don’t, they can only expect the crowd to be on their backs. A win for either could either propel them to the top of the leader table or see them languish in the drop zone.

 

PDC Previous Premier League Winners

Year

Winner

Score

 

Score

Runner-up

2018 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 4 Michael Smith
2017 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
10
Peter Wright
2016 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
3
Phil Taylor
2015 Gary Anderson
11
-
7
Michael van Gerwen
2014 Raymond van Barneveld
10
-
6
Michael van Gerwen
2013 Michael van Gerwen
10
-
8
Phil Taylor
2012 Phil Taylor
10
-
7
Simon Whitlock
2011 Gary Anderson
10
-
4
Adrian Lewis
2010 Phil Taylor
10
-
8
James Wade
2009 James Wade
13
-
8
Mervyn King
2008 Phil Taylor
16
-
8
James Wade
2007 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Terry Jenkins
2006 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Roland Scholten
2005 Phil Taylor
16
-
4
Colin Lloyd

 

 

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