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26 Feb 2019 by David McGourty

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts – Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld taking place? Thursday 28th February – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld taking place? Westpoint Exeter

What channel is Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld? https://www.pdc.tv/unibet-premier-league-tickets

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings
: Michael Smith 7-7 Raymond van Barneveld (1 draw)
Previous meeting: Michael Smith 5-0 Raymond van Barneveld

MICHAEL SMITH

  • Michael Smith sits at the bottom of the Premier League table with one point from his opening three matches of the tournament. Last week in Dublin he lost 7-5 to Daryl Gurney.
  • His tournament average of 95.34 is the second lowest in the 2019 Premier League and his tournament checkout percentage of 35.56% is the lowest of all nine regular competitors.
  • Last weekend he suffered early exits in both Players Championship tournaments – losing in the second round on Saturday to Devon Petersen and in round one to Ron Meulenkamp on Sunday. Overall, he has lost four of his last five competitive matches.

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD

  • Raymond van Barneveld came back from 5-1 down to draw 6-6 against Mensur Suljovic last Thursday evening. It was the second week in a row where he recovered from falling four legs behind to salvage a draw, having escaped from a 6-2 deficit against Gerwyn Price on night two.
  • Barney’s tournament average of 91.74 is the lowest in the competition. He has managed only one ton-plus average during his last 32 matches in all competitions.
  • Although Van Barneveld won four matches in a row to qualify for the European Darts Open last Friday, he then failed to qualify for the German Darts Championship later the same day, and suffered early exits on Saturday and Sunday in the Players Championship tournaments.

THE PREDICTION

It’s very early still in the 2019 Premier League season but both Smith and Van Barneveld have struggled to produce quality performances and are two of the only three players yet to pick up a win, making this an important fixture. Although their head-to-head record is even, a closer look shows Smith has enjoyed much more of the recent success with only two defeats in their last ten meetings. Last season, the St Helens man trounced Barney 7-0 in the Premier League – though they did go on to draw 6-6 when they met again in the tournament. Van Barneveld has scrapped out a couple of draws in the last two weeks, but it’s unlikely he will keep on getting out of jail if he continues to perform like he has. Smith might just be able to kick-start his Premier League season with a victory in this match.

For 2019 Premier League Darts results, fixtures, latest standings and statistics, visit our tournament page

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