The Premier League darts heads to Germany for the first time ever this Thursday night and Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena will be rocking for what is quickly turning into a fascinating battle for the early high ground en route to London.
Fans will be treated to another five fascinating encounters as we approach the halfway point of the first phase. We can hardly wait.
The Surprising Leaders Collide
The first Premier League match to be played in Germany sees the early league leaders do battle as they each look to preserve their incredible 100% records. In truth, it’s not a huge shock to see two players enter week four with three wins from three. However, nobody would’ve predicted that those two players would be Simon Whitlock and Michael Smith.
Whitlock has been sensational, dropping just 10 legs en route to three impressive wins including a 7-1 hammering of world champion Rob Cross. With a 97 average and a 55% checkout ratio, the Wizard will be eager to keep that magic going as he looks to go all the way to London six years after being runner-up to Phil Taylor.
As for Smith, it has been three equally impressive wins, including against two-time champ Gary Anderson. However, having lost to Whitlock three times in Germany, Bully Boy will need to be at his best.
Can either man pull away at the top, or will it be a share of the spoils?
Battle Of Scotland In Germany
The headline showdown of this first ever Premier League event in Germany sees Anderson take on Peter Wright in what is always a fascinating battle. In truth, it could be vital for both men as they look to recover from shaky starts to underline their top four credentials. With Anderson seemingly coping slightly better with the back, which still probably isn’t 100%, it has the makings of a cracker.
An equally mouth-watering contest sees Cross face Raymond Van Barneveld. The world champion has broken his duck, which should give him a newfound sense of confidence. Then again, Barney has enjoyed a decent start to the year and will e fancied to at least challenge for the finals night.
Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen will be eager to follow up last week’s incredible win over Anderson with another big performance against Daryl Gurney. If the champion can repeat the 110 average, the victory will seem a formality. The Northern Irishman does boast two points already, though, and should not be completely ruled out for any upset.
Rock bottom Mensur Suljovic is in desperate need of some points, and can fancy himself against Gerwyn Price. The Austrian’s 99 average is the second highest right now. If he can improve his checkout ratio, the 45-year-old can be back in business.
Premier League Darts Week 4 Betting Tips
Price has done well to register two draws thus far, but it seems inevitable that Suljovic will win a match at some stage. On German soil, this could be the ideal time for the Austrian. It won’t be easy, but we’re backing him to get off the mark with two points.
For our second bet of the night, we’re backing a treble. Firstly, we’re backing Cross to get over the line against Barney. Secondly, we’re opting for MVG to grab two points. And thirdly, we’re backing Anderson to outscore Wright on the 180s.