2018 Unibet Premier League Darts – Gerwyn Price vs Mensur Suljovic Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 22nd February

Where? Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action, Sky Sports Mix

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? www.pdc-europe.tv/tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CAREER HEAD-TO-HEAD
Gerwyn Price 7-2 Mensur Suljovic

GERWYN PRICE

  • Price has two draws and a defeat from his opening three Premier League matches of the season. He recovered from 5-1 down to snatch a point from his match against Daryl Gurney last week, matching his comeback from week one when he also gained a point having been 5-1 behind against Peter Wright.
  • The Iceman took out impressive checkouts of 148 and 136 against Gurney, which represent his highest checkouts of the tournament so far, bettering the 116 he managed against Wright in week one.
  • His tournament average of 93.18 is the lowest average of all ten competitors after three weeks played. His highest match average of 93.51 came in week one.

MENSUR SULJOVIC

  • Suljovic is the only player without a point to his name so far in the 2018 Premier League. He lost 7-2 to Michael Smith last week to make it three defeats from three matches played. That means he has now also lost his last four matches in all competitions.
  • His average against Smith was 91.15, which is a big drop from the opening two weeks where he averaged over 100 in both games. His match average, first nine dart average and checkout percentage stats against Smith were all well down on his previous numbers from the opening two weeks.
  • Suljovic opted not to enter the two Players Championship tournaments last weekend meaning he hasn’t entered any of the eight PDC ranking tournaments played over the last month.

THE PREDICTION

This is a clash between two Premier League debutants who are searching for their first match win in the competition. The location this week should favour Suljovic; he will have less travelling to do and will certainly feel more at home. Suljovic actually has a higher tournament average and tournament checkout percentage than Price although he has lost all three matches whereas Price has just one defeat against his name, though the performance of the Austrian last week would certainly be of concern to his followers.

Price will certainly take plenty of encouragement and belief having recovered from a 5-1 deficit on two occasions in the Premier League, and he also has a good record against Suljovic across their previous encounters having won seven of the nine matches they have played. Suljovic did come out on top in their last clash though which was in October on the big stage at the European Championship.

There is plenty of pressure on both players to pick up points to try and avoid elimination, more so on Suljovic though as he is still yet to avoid defeat. It could be a scrappy match where neither player hits their peak and both may have to carry on the wait for a win with the draw a possible outcome.