Premier League Darts Week Five Tips: MVG to bounce back in Granite City

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It's week five of the Premier League Darts and James Buttler finds the best bets on the Aberdeen oche...

"The Scottish public will have downed a few ales by the time 'The Highlander' takes to the stage, but MVG is far more accustomed to dealing with this kind of pressure."

On form cross to continue good run

Michael Smith v Rob Cross
Thursday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports Darts

These two last met on Sunday at the UK Open when Cross won the semi-final 11-7 and 'Bully Boy' gets an instant chance to turn the tables. Rob Cross holds a 10-3 advantage in matchups between the two players and has never lost to Michael Smith in the UK.

Cross has the highest tournament average of any player this season and was beaten finalist at the UK OPen when he lost to Nathan Aspinall. He arrives in Aberdeen in tremendous form and full of confidence. He sits third in the Premier League table after a superb 7-1 performance against Daryl Gurney last week. The disappointing defeat to MVG in Week Three seems a distant memory.

I really like 'Voltage' to continue that trend, but Smith is always a good play in the 180s markets. His groin injury that threatened to derail his season seems to have been overcome and this first match of the night could be a close one.

Best Bet: Back Michael Smith to hit most 180s and lose the match @ 11/2 (1 unit)

Snakebite Wright on the night

Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
Thursday, 21:20
Live on Sky Sports Darts

The Granite City will be right behind Scot Peter Wright on Thursday, but there is a lot of love out there for Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld in his final season. Barney is the only player in the field yet to record a win and sits bottom of the table. With Judgment Day getting closer all the time, Barney looks extremely vulnerable to an early exit.

'Snakebite' Wright averages over 100 this season and that should be more than enough to deal with a Barney who so far this season has struggled for anything close to his best form. Yet Barney hasn't been trounced by anyone in the first four weeks and has dug in twice to claim a draw.

Wright is fairly priced at 8/11 as on current form he should take the points. The Scot is 16/5 on the match treble and that holds a lot of appeal.

Best Bet: Back Peter Wright to throw most 180s, hit highest checkout and win @ 16/5 (1 unit)

MVG to silence Scottish crowd

Michael van Gerwen v John Henderson
Thursday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Anyone expecting Michael van Gerwen to float through this competition unscathed had o reevaluate after week four when the 'Green Machine' was beaten 7-3 by James Wade. By his standards. MVG was off the boil throwing a 93.02 average and two 180s. He also suffered an early exit at the UK Open, defeated by Mervyn King. He is still top of the table after four weeks and has the supposedly easier task of facing the contender in week five. MVG doesn't do disappointment and expect him to come back firing on all cylinders in Aberdeen.

John Henderson's opportunity of making his appearance as Gary Anderson's substitute gives him the short straw of taking on the best player in the world. That said, it's an opportunity he wasn't expecting and a chance to create the unexpected. The big Scot is capable of a big performance and it's almost a free hit, but it is also one of the biggest evenings of his career and he won't want to disappoint his native crowd. He has reached four Players Championship quarter-finals in six events, but this is different gravy.

The Scottish public will have downed a few ales by the time 'The Highlander' takes to the stage, but MVG is far more accustomed to dealing with this kind of pressure. The Dutchman adds to his points tally although he's too short on the outright markets at 1/6. The value is in this one is in the handicap markets.

Best Bet: Back MVG -4.5 against John Henderson @ 11/10 (2 units)

Week Five Fixtures

Michael Smith v Rob Cross
Daryl Gurney v James Wade
Mensur Suljovic v Gerwyn Price
Raymond van Barneveld v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v John Henderson

James Buttler at PDC World Darts 2019

Total Staked: 16 units
Total Won: 10.7 units
Profit / Loss: -5.3 units

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