Premier League Darts Week Three Tips: Suljovic can put Barney bottom

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Mensur Suljovic too strong for Barney?

Dublin will provide a rowdy atmosphere for Week Three of the Premier League darts and James Buttler returns with his three best bets of the evening...

"2014 Premier League winner, Barney leads the head-to-head records by 6-3, but this is world ranked 8th against 29th. Barney is sadly on his way out and this match will see him on his way."

Irishman Steve Lennon is the 'contender' in for Gary Anderson this week and is hoping to be the first of the guest players to notch up a win as he takes on Peter Wright. I'm leaving that one alone, although I'd expect Wright to win. Another game I'm bypassing is the matchup between Michael Smith and Daryl Gurney, which I think is incredibly tough to call.

Wade to edge out inconsistent Price

Gerwyn Price v James Wade
Thursday, 19:15
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Betting on Gerwyn Price matches is like choosing one of Forrest Gump's chocolates. You are never sure how he will get on. The Welshman will have been gutted not to have rammed home a 6-2 lead against Raymond van Barneveld last week, only to draw 6-6. There are signs that he is getting back to his best, but he faces a tough match with James Wade.

Wade has beaten Price the last three times they have met and overall leads the encounter by 6-3. He recorded a three-figure average when losing to Rob Cross 7-4 last week. They last met at the Masters in February when Wade won 10-7 en route to the final.

This is a game between 7th in the world Price and 9th ranked Wade. There is the width of a wire between them. Price will get his now customary pantomime villain reception, but I expect Wade to win a close one. Wade's finishing has been exceptional of late and in a game this close to call that could be all it takes.

Best Bet: Back James Wade to beat Gerwyn Price @ 6/4 (1 unit)

Cross to take down MVG

Michael van Gerwen vs Rob Cross
Thursday, 20:40
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Michael van Gerwen will be aiming to maintain the only 100% record in this year's competition as he plays the dangerous Rob Cross. It wasn't particularly adventurous of me to suggest in my preview that MVG was a play at 1/2 to top the group phase of this year's Premier League, but a winning bet is worth having on your slip. And the signs are, so far, that it will take something special to stop the Dutchman this year.

Aiming for a fifth title, and his fourth in a row, MVG can be beaten. It takes a guy with a big match personality and capable of throwing some big darts. Rob Cross has all those ingredients and averaged 102.58 when he brushed aside James Wade last week. Now, I'm not suggesting you lump on Cross because he is a dead cert. There is no such thing and I'd be the worst pundit in the world to suggest that against MVG.

But if there is to be a shock in the early weeks, this could be it. And how much of a shock would it really be? Cross has beaten MVG before, although MVG leads the head-to-heads 11-3. They last met at the Brisbane Masters in August and Cross won 11-6. The 2018 world champion and current second ranked player in the world has it all to do, but at a 9/2 price tag it's worth a nibble.

Best Bet: Back Rob Cross to beat MVG @ 9/2 (1 unit)

Mensur to leave Barney bottom of the pile

Mensur Suljovic v Raymond van Barneveld
Thursday, 22:00
Live on Sky Sports Darts

Raymond van Barneveld and Mensur Suljovic face-off as the only two players in this year's tournament yet to win a game. But don't let that fool you - they've both played decent darts.

The money has to be on Suljovic however, as he has averaged over 100 in both matches so far and is capable of backing a bigger punch than Barney these days. One of those defeats was 7-3 against MVG last week so he has got that match behind him. Mensur will know the potential significance of this game in the tournament's bigger picture, but should have enough to take the points.

Barney did me last week when he fought back from 6-2 down to take a 6-6 draw against Gerwyn Price, but I still have him down for the wooden spoon in his farewell year. He has averaged just 95 so far and that is form that will see him waving goodbye on Judgement Night in a few weeks time.

2014 Premier League winner, Barney leads the head-to-head records by 6-3, but this is world ranked 8th against 29th. Barney is sadly on his way out and this match will see him on his way.

Best Bet: Back Mensur Suljovic to win and hit Most 180s @ 13/5 (2 units)

James Buttler at PDC World Darts 2019

Total Staked: 8 units
Total Won: 6.5 units
Profit / Loss: -1.5 units

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