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Premier League Darts 2019 Week 12 Betting Tips

- 17:04, 17th April 2019
Van Gerwen and Cross will lock horns on Thursday

The Premier League Darts bandwagon rolls into Cardiff for week 12 for a night which includes a mouth-watering top two clash. Dan McCarthy gives his tips and predictions for the evening.

Premier League Darys Week 12 Betting Tips

Daryl Gurney v Mensur Suljovic

(7:15pm)

Draw @ 15/4 - BET NOW

The two players just outside the play-off places kick off the evening in a match which is incredibly hard to predict.

The duo have virtually identical records coming into their 12th matches of the tournament so far - registering 12 points, 29 180s apiece, while there is less than one point between their tournament averages.

Gurney started the campaign looking like a possible candidate for elimination, but an impressive 7-5 win against Michael van Gerwen in Berlin kick-started his tournament, though he has not tasted victory since the increase to best of 14 games.

Suljovic has gone about his business so far in typical Suljovic fashion - steady if unspectacular - and has flitted in and around the top four for most of the campaign so far but two losses from three means he is outside that select group on leg difference.

Gurney has a better head to head record at 8-5, but Suljovic's slow and unorthodox style is cited by many as hard to play against so he should nick a point.

Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross

(8pm)

Cross to win @ 10/3 - BET NOW

The highlight of the evening sees the top two go head-to-head as four-time PL winner van Gerwen faces off against 2018 World Champion Rob Cross.

Cross has been playing beautifully since his week four thrashing of Gurney and has won seven of his last eight games, putting him top of the standings.

Van Gerwen has been criticised for his performances of late, such are the high standards he is held to, but the 29-year-old still tops the charts for highest averages over 11 games, and looked back to his stratospheric best when he beat Michael Smith 8-3 last week with a 109 average.

Earlier this season, Cross produced arguably his poorest performance as Van Gerwen steamrollered him 7-2 in Dublin, and that seed of doubt might remain in his head.

However, the Sussex-born thrower is a different animal at the minute, and 10/3 represents a very good price for a man in form.

Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price

(8:45pm)

Price to win 8-5 @ 11/1 - BET NOW

The Ice Man should receive a rare hero's welcome in Cardiff as he takes on World Championship finalist Michael Smith, who is currently bottom of the table.

Price's form has dipped of late, including a run of three straight losses, but the former rugby player is still a very dangerous opponent - throwing more 180s than anyone else this year (37).

In fact, high scoring should be the order of the day as Smith is always one of the most watchable players on the circuit due to his power scoring and speed combination.

However, his burgeoning reputation as a "nearly man" of darts still besets him and has shown himself to be vulnerable when the pressure is on.

The Welshman has a bad record against Bully Boy - he is the wrong side of a 12-4 head-to-head statistic, including a 7-5 loss earlier in this year's PL - but the 33-year-old is under far less pressure to win and that can take him over the line.

Peter Wright v James Wade

(9:30pm)

Wade to win @ 11/8 - BET NOW

The two most experienced players in the field are last on the bill in Cardiff with Wade arguably in his best form since his initial major haul in the late noughties.

The 36-year-old has won three of the last four non-televised Players' Championship events and is very well placed to at least reach the play-offs in this year's Premier League.

Snakebite is unfortunately at the other end of the scale, winless since his week five triumph against Raymond van Barneveld and has unfortunately been exhibiting signs of a decline, as he sits seventh, three points away from play-off contention.

The head-to-head suggests a tight contest with the duo sharing 15 wins apiece but Wade has been at his ruthless best since the turn of the year and has what it takes to charm the snake.

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