The final four are set to make one last push for the 2019 Premier League title with Michael van Gerwen facing Daryl Gurney and Rob Cross taking on James Wade.
Last week we backed Daryl Gurney at 16/1 on the outright market and he duly beat Michael Smith to qualify. Wade earned the other spot by beating Rob Cross and thus preventing Cross from winning the league phase. The win gave Wade 3rd spot and resulted in him meeting Cross again this week in the semis.
Gurney is now down to 12/1 but we’re not at a cash out stage with that and nor would we want to be given that he’s beaten MVG in their last 3 major tussles. That doesn’t mean we’re just going to sit back and relax though. While Gurney’s head to head record against both Cross and Wade is decent he has struggled against those two in their league meetings.
That brings us to James Wade, currently 3rd in the betting at around 8/1 with Matchbook. Wade absolutely loves being the spoiler as he showed when beating Cross last week, avenging his defeat from the reverse fixture. Since he became a father late last year Wade has been imperious winning two TV titles and a plethora of non-televised events on top of that. He beat Max Hopp in Germany despite the hostile home crowd and he won’t care if the O2 is for or against him or who he plays. Of the two games v Cross the most important one was last week’s and he rose to the occasion once again.
Should the Machine make the final he would face two players who have been unable to beat him this Premier League season. He has a win and a draw against both, convincing wins first time round but both Gurney and van Gerwen staged last leg heroics to snatch draws in the return ties. He is the only player apart from Phil Taylor and MVG to have ever won this title and he could take some stopping this time.
We almost went for Wade on the outrights last week anyway but his likelihood of qualification was reflected in his odds making Gurney the value pick. Backing Wade now gives us two extremely credible candidates to win the whole thing at very decent odds. If we’re very lucky we could end up with both in the final at the end. Then we can relax and put on a banana costume.
How we placed our bet
Event: Premier League Darts
Betting Market: Outright
Selection: James Wade
Published on: May 23, 2019 @ 06:10