Premier League Darts Week Six Tips: Top man Wade to pass Mensur test

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James Wade is know as 'The Machine' and is playing like one
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Week six of the Premier League darts take us to Nottingham. James Buttler sees James Wade robbing from Mensur Suljovic and giving to our betting balances...

"James Wade took advantage last week of Michael van Gerwen's downturn in form to go to the top of the Premier League table. His 7-0 thrashing of Daryl Gurney saw him average 109.59, the best by any player in the tournament so far."

Wade in on James

James Wade v Mensur Suljovic
Thursday, 20:00
Live on Sky Sports Darts

James Wade took advantage last week of Michael van Gerwen's downturn in form to go to the top of the Premier League table. His 7-0 thrashing of Daryl Gurney saw him average 109.59, the best by any player in the tournament so far. Wade completely dominated from start to finish and 'The Machine' now has three wins from five matches played.

On current form, Wade should be able to cope with the threat of Mensur Suljovic on Thursday with ease. Suljovic was beaten 7-3 by Gerwyn Price last week and was level on all stats other than checkouts, making three doubles from 10 attempts. The Austrian is 6th of the nine contenders and isn't out of contention, but appears to lack the fight needed to beat the big boys.

With no competitive action between last week and this, there is no reason or form clues to go against a comfortable win for Wade in this one. While Wade appeals at EVS to win, he's been banging in more maximums than his opponent too, and that's the way to eek out a little more value.

Best Bet: Back James Wade to win and hit most 180s @ 13/5 (2 units)

Voltage to keep Barney bottom of the pile

Rob Cross v Raymond van Barneveld
Thursday, 20:40
Live on Sky Sports Darts


There is no such thing as a dead cert in any form of betting, but Rob Cross strikes me as a decent immitation in this matchup. 'Voltage' put in an impressive shift in his 7-3 win over the underperforming Michael Smith last week. He averaged 103.96 and was tested by Smith and stood up to everything that 'Bully Boy' could throw his way.

Cross now has seven points from the five games played and sits in second place, level with James Wade, Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen in the top four. His only defeat came against MVG and he'll be pleased with his current form after reaching the recent UK Open final.

The only thing Raymond van Barneveld has brought to his rather fortuitous place in this year's Premier League is to confirm he has made the right decision to call it a day at the end of the year. He sits rock bottom of the pile and was well beaten 7-3 by Peter Wright last week. Barney did manage to average mid-90s, which is an improvement, but it's not enough to make too many of his Premier League opponents worry too much.

Barney's Last 64 exit at the UK Open has seen him slip to 33rd in the rankings. He needs to find something from somewhere because it would be a real shame if he doesn't make the World Darts Championships. It would be fitting for him to wave goodbye from the Ally Pally oche.

Best Bet: Back Rob Cross -3.5 on match handicaps @ 6/4 (1 unit)

Wright can land one on the Superchin

Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney
Thursday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Daryl Gurney is more than out of sorts at the momnent. He is getting battered. He lost 7-0 to James Wade last week and 7-1 to Rob Cross the week before. They are not the kind of credentials we punters throw our money behind. Gurney is down to 7th in the table and needs to find his throwing boots soon otherwise he could be making an early exit. That was something few would have predicted at the start of this comptition.

This is a crucial game for both men. Wright is in 5th spot with two wins and two draws, with his victories coming against Barney last week and the contender, Steve Lennon. Gurney appears there for the taking and Wright needs to do the business. 'Snakebite' Wright wins this and the EVS price is a fair one, but he's not playing well enough to get any more adventurous.

Best Bet: Back Peter Wright to win @ EVS (1 unit)

Week Six Fixtures

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

James Buttler at PDC World Darts 2019

Total Staked: 20 units
Total Won: 18.4 units
Profit / Loss: -1.6 units

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