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

THE FACTS

When is Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith taking place? Thursday 7th February – 19:00 (UK)

Where is Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith taking place? Utilita Arena, Newcastle

What channel is Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith on? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports USA

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

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

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Michael van Gerwen 26-6 Michael Smith
Previous meeting: Michael van Gerwen beat Michael Smith 7-3

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN

  • The world’s number one dart player Michael van Gerwen is appearing in the Premier League for the seventh successive season since making his debut in 2013. He has finished at the top of the Premier League table in all six of his previous campaigns.
  • MVG is aiming to win his fifth Premier League title, and his fourth in a row. Last season in the final he produced an outstanding display to thrash Michael Smith 11-4 thanks to an eye-catching average of 112.37.
  • The dominant Dutchman started 2019 in perfect fashion by winning his third world title on the opening day of the year and then last weekend he won the Masters for the fifth time in a row.

MICHAEL SMITH

  • Recent World Championship finalist Michael Smith is participating in the Premier League for the third time. On his debut in 2016 he finished bottom of the table and was eliminated after nine weeks, but he put that disappointment behind him last year when he reached the final having finished second in the league table.
  • Smith made a flying start to the 2018 Premier League, winning his first four matches, and he went on to lose only one of his opening nine matches.
  • As well as reaching World Championship and Premier League finals over the past 12 months, Smith picked up his first TV title during 2018 when he won the Shanghai Masters – having defeated Van Gerwen along the way.

THE PREDICTION

This is a repeat of the recent World Championship final and also a re-run of the 2018 Premier League final where Michael van Gerwen came out on top on both occasions. Michael Smith has really shown big improvements in his consistency on the big stage but he is not playing against just any ordinary player in this encounter. Van Gerwen knows what a threat Smith is and will be determined to show who is the main man. The Dutchman is coming into this match full of confidence and it would be no surprise to see him put down a marker for the rest of the campaign with a sublime performance which will be too much for Smith to handle.