2019 Unibet Premier League Darts – Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith taking place? Wednesday 27th March 19:00 (UK)

Where is Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith taking place? Rotterdam Ahoy

What channel is Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go

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

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Gerwyn Price 5-11 Michael Smith
Previous meeting: Gerwyn Price 6-5 Michael Smith

GERWYN PRICE

  • Gerwyn Price sits just one point outside the top four in the table but needs to return to winning ways having won only one of his last six Premier League matches – a run which includes defeats in each of the last two rounds of matches.
  • Last week in Berlin he lost 7-4 to current league leader Rob Cross who produced a very strong performance with an average of over 104. Price’s own average of 98.17 was his third highest of the campaign.
  • Price reached the quarter-finals at the first European Tour event of the season last weekend – only just losing out 6-5 to eventual tournament winner Michael van Gerwen.

MICHAEL SMITH

  • Michael Smith still has work to do if he is to avoid elimination. He is only one point in front of ninth-placed Raymond van Barneveld ahead of the crucial double header of Premier League nights in Rotterdam this week.
  • He produced his poorest performance of the Premier League season last week during his 7-2 defeat against Mensur Suljovic where he was comprehensively outplayed and averaged only 85.34.
  • Smith comes into this fixture having lost each of his last three games in all competitions, and at the weekend he lost 6-5 to Krzysztof Ratajski in the last 32 at the European Darts Open. Smith had recovered from 4-0 and 5-2 down and missed two match darts to produce a remarkable comeback.

THE PREDICTION

This is a crucial fixture for Michael Smith who needs to pick up at least a point to avoid being potentially overtaken by Raymond van Barneveld, meaning he would then start night nine in the elimination zone. Smith has looked a shadow of the player who reached the final last season and he needs a vast improvement from his weak display against Suljovic last week. His opponent Gerwyn Price has had an excellent season away from the Premier League but he will be disappointed with his points haul from his seven matches so far and he will need to start winning matches or risk losing ground on the top four. The pressure is certainly more on Smith and there is a possibility it might hinder his usual fluent throw. Price will look to take advantage of any nerves and might claim a narrow victory in what could be a scrappy match.

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