2018 Grand Slam Of Darts – Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld taking place? Tuesday 13th November

Where is Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld taking place? Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton

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

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

Are tickets still available for Michael Smith vs Raymond van Barneveld? https://www.pdc.tv/bwin-grand-slam-darts-tickets

PREVIOUS MEETING
Michael Smith 5-2 Raymond van Barneveld

THE LOWDOWN

MICHAEL SMITH

  • Michael Smith has won both of his games so far but he is still not guaranteed of qualification so he must not let his focus drop here.

  • Smith's most impressive performance so far was his 5-4 win over the talented Krzysztof Ratajski on Sunday which could prove to be pivotal.

  • Smith has only lost one of his last five meetings with Van Barneveld and that may give him a psychological edge here.

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD

  • Van Barneveld just about kept his hopes alive by beating Adam Smith-Neale 5-4 but he had to rely on missed match darts from his opponent.

  • Even a win might not be good enough for Van Barneveld as he is dependent on other results and it may come down to leg difference in the end.

  • Despite his recent underwhelming record against Smith, Van Barneveld still leads their overall head-to-head by seven wins to six (one draw).

THE PREDICTION

Van Barneveld can count himself fortunate that he has not yet been eliminated having rode his luck against Adam Smith-Neale and he will surely need to raise his performance considerably here. You can never discount the Dutchman but Smith has displayed the better form of late and has to be fancied.