2019 Unibet Premier League Darts – Mensur Suljovic vs Raymond van Barneveld Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Mensur Suljovic vs Raymond van Barneveld taking place? Thursday 21st February – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Mensur Suljovic vs Raymond van Barneveld taking place? 3Arena, Dublin

What channel is Mensur Suljovic vs Raymond van Barneveld on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Action

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

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

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Mensur Suljovic 3-6 Raymond van Barneveld
Previous meeting: Raymond van Barneveld beat Mensur Suljovic 7-5

MENSUR SULJOVIC

  • Mensur Suljovic lost 7-3 to Michael van Gerwen last week in Glasgow and is seeking his first win of the 2019 Premier League having drawn 6-6 with Chris Dobey on night one. Last season he won just two of his nine Premier League matches and had to wait until his fifth match before getting a victory.
  • Despite his winless start to the campaign, he has averaged over 100 in both of his opening two matches and his tournament average is only bettered by Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen.
  • Suljovic comes into this week’s round of fixtures having won only four of his last 14 matches in televised tournaments.

RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD

  • Raymond van Barneveld has one point from his two matches in the 2019 Premier League. Last week he took an unlikely share of the spoils from his match against Gerwyn Price where he trailed 6-2. The Welshman missed a total of four match darts to defeat Barney.
  • His average of 88.79 against Price is the lowest in this season’s Premier League and he sits at the bottom of the charts for tournament average and double success percentage after two weeks of play.
  • Barney opted not to play in the two Players Championship tournaments last weekend. He has won just two of his last ten matches in all competitions.

THE PREDICTION

It may be still very early days in the 2019 Premier League season but this is a crucial match for both players. Suljovic struggled for wins in last season’s tournament although he played to a high standard throughout and he will want to avoid doing the same this year so needs to get a win on the board as soon as possible, especially against a player who is struggling to find his best game. Van Barneveld has not impressed during his two matches so far and could be in real danger of ending his Premier League career with elimination unless he manages to rekindle some of his old form. Suljovic looks to have too much consistency in his game to give Barney a chance of taking hold of the match and if the Austrian gets control it is unlikely that he will let his legendary opponent back into the game. A win for Suljovic looks the likely outcome.

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