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26 Feb 2019 by David McGourty

2019 Unibet Premier League Darts – Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade taking place? Thursday 28th February – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade taking place? Westpoint Exeter

What channel is Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade? https://www.pdc.tv/unibet-premier-league-tickets

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings
: Michael van Gerwen 34-15 James Wade
Previous meeting: Michael van Gerwen 11-5 James Wade

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN

  • Michael van Gerwen enjoyed a comfortable 7-2 win against Rob Cross last Thursday evening to maintain his 100% winning start to the 2019 Premier League season – Van Gerwen missed two darts to defeat Cross 7-0.
  • He tops the league table by two points and has a leg difference of +11 after just three matches played.
  • Van Gerwen’s average of 101.34 against Cross means he has now averaged over 100 in 42 of his last 44 Premier League matches (includes play-offs).

JAMES WADE

  • James Wade has won one, drawn one and lost one of his opening three matches. Last week he had to settle for a point despite having led 5-2 at one point against Gerwyn Price.
  • His average of 103.89 against Price is the third highest overall in the 2019 Premier League and was Wade’s second consecutive ton-plus average in the competition.
  • The Machine has been finishing well in the 2019 Premier League so far; his tournament checkout percentage of 47.22% is the highest in the league after three weeks played.

THE PREDICTION

The Michael van Gerwen juggernaut keeps on rolling. Last week in Dublin he dismantled Rob Cross 7-2 and although Cross didn’t play well, MVG would surely have just stepped it up a level if he had been pushed. Standing in Van Gerwen’s way this week is James Wade who has been playing well so far in this Premier League campaign, which is backed up by his tournament average of over 101. Wade’s recent record against Van Gerwen does not make good reading with only one win during their last 17 meetings. Although Wade might make things difficult for Van Gerwen in this match, he is likely to finish off second best again to the world number one.

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

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