PDC Premier League Darts 2019: Week 11 Betting and Odds Preview

premier leagueWe’ve seen some upsets in this year’s PDC Premier League but week 10 in Liverpool largely went with form. Is the competition starting to settle down as we get closer to finals night or will we see more outsiders start to come through in the latter stages?

For week 11, we’re at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff with four games in store but before we get to those, we’ll take our usual look at the updated outright betting.

Outright Updates

Michael Von Gerwen
Michael Van Gerwen

We felt that Michael Van Gerwen might be in for a stiff test against Michael Smith last time out but the Dutchman breezed through that contest with a comfortable 8-3 victory. His price has changed from last week but MVG is still a hot favourite for the title at current best odds of 6/11 with SportingBet.

Rob Cross continued his fine run in the 2019 renewal with victory over Peter Wright in Liverpool last week. That 8-5 win keeps ‘Voltage’ at the top of the table but he remains second favourite behind Van Gerwen at a top price of 4/1 with Unibet and 10Bet.

The top two are really starting to pull away now and we have a big gap to James Wade who follows at a best of 14/1 with William Hill and Betway. Wade is one of four players locked on twelve points so it’s going to be a thrilling battle to see who makes the top four behind Van Gerwen and Cross.

Next up in the outright betting is Gerwyn Price who is available at best odds of 16/1 with Unibet and 888Sport while Daryl Gurney is also quoted at that 16/1 figure with Ladbrokes and Coral. Mensur Suljovic completes a trio of players at 16/1 - he’s quoted at that price with BetFred and RedZoneSports and then we come to the two men most likely to drop out at the end of the second phase.

Peter Wright is quoted at 50/1 with Betway and then we come to bottom of the table Michael Smith who is available at 66/1 with Ladbrokes.

Those are your outright markets so let’s move on and look at week 11’s fixtures.

First up to the Oche

Mensur Suljovic
Mensur Suljovic

Our first game in Cardiff sees Mensur Suljovic take on Daryl Gurney in a game that should prove crucial in terms of qualification to the next phase. We’re expecting some tight markets for this event and we’ve a close one to kick things off. Daryl Gurney is the favourite for this one and he goes off at best odds of 13/10 with BetFred while Mensur is just behind at a top price of 8/5 with Unibet and 888Sport.

Completing the betting for our first game of the night is the draw which can be picked up at 7/2 with 10Bet.

Next up we have the biggest clash of recent weeks as the top two players go head to head. Rob Cross is at the top of the table but the 2018 PDC World Champion will be anxious not to drop points as he takes on Michael Van Gerwen.

MVG will always start as hot favourite whoever he plays so it’s no surprise to see the Dutchman lead the way at best odds of 4/7 with SportingBet. A victory for Cross can be claimed at 10/3 with BetFred while the draw is some way back here at a top price of 9/2 with Unibet.

Closing Out

Michael Smith
Michael Smith

After the clash of the giants, we come to our third match of the evening as Michael Smith gets ready to take on Gerwyn Price. Bully Boy Smith’s poor performances have been something of a mystery this year. He was the runner up in the Premier League last season and started 2019 in fine form, reaching the final of the PDC World Championship.

Smith remains a dangerous player however and there will be some interest in him here at 5/4 with Unibet and Betfred. A win for Price can be picked up at best odds of 13/8 with BetFred again while the draw completes this one at 7/2 with Betway.

That just leaves our fourth match of week 11 which puts James Wade up against Peter Wright. It should be a feisty affair but games involving Wade often are so this is as much about retaining composure as anything else.

As for the odds, form and table positioning mean that James Wade starts as favourite and you can back The Machine at best odds of 11/8 with William Hill. Victory for Snakebite Wright is quoted at 6/4 with Betway while the draw here is at 7/2 with Unibet.

Those are your four matches for week eleven so let’s see if we can nail some profits in Cardiff.

Verdict

It’s tempting to go against Michael Van Gerwen again but we did this to our cost last week as the Dutchman came through against Michael Smith. Rob Cross should provide a tougher challenge and this is where the best price lies in the result betting but we’ll move on.

The other games should be tight and we’re looking for at least one draw. The first game of the night is a good place to start in terms of our search and with Daryl Gurney and Mensur Suljovic recording a combined total of four draws so far this season, a share of the points seems most likely in the opener.

We’ll continue our support for Michael Smith in the hope that he will eventually find his 2018 form. It may be all over in terms of progression to the next stage but Bully Boy carries a nice figure of 5/4 to overcome Gerwyn Price.

Finally, while James Wade has been inconsistent this season, his opponent Peter Wright has just been disappointing. Expect to see Wade remain on course for the top four with victory in the final game of the night.

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