Peter Wright should keep up his dominant streak against Price
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Mensur Suljovic v Simon Whitlock
Head-to-head: Suljovic leads 5-4
You would have got long odds six months ago on Mensur Suljovic and Simon Whitlock being in the 2018 Premier League – never mind opening the campaign – but it’s a short price that they are on stage at the 3Arena in Dublin for a while.
The last meeting between them was an epic Grand Prix semi-final which went the distance, with Whitlock winning, and the head-to-head record confirms that these are two evenly-matched players.
Suljovic is in much the better form and probably gets the vote. Betfred are offering correct-score groups and their 11-4 about the Austrian winning 7-4 or 7-5 could be the way to go.
M Suljovic to win 7-4 or 7-5
1pt 11-4 Betfred
Gary Anderson v Michael Smith
Anderson leads 8-2
Gary Anderson hasn’t lost to Michael Smith since 2014 but this could be a good time to be taking on the Scot.
A fit and firing Anderson will batter anybody but he’s the first to admit that back troubles aren’t helping his cause.
Over a short 12-leg distance that might not be an issue but if it is then big-scoring Smith has more than enough ammunition to be able to give the former champion a game.
M Smith or draw double chance
1pt 6-4 Betway
Daryl Gurney v Raymond van Barneveld
Van Barneveld leads 3-1
Daryl Gurney, back in the city where he won his only major in October, may have to give second best to Raymond van Barneveld, who is in dazzling form.
Grand Prix champion Gurney pushed the Dutchman all the way when they last met – an 11-10 win to Barney at the Perth Masters – and this is also set to be close.
But Van Barneveld looked in majestic nick in Milton Keynes at the weekend where he reached the Masters final and he can dot up in his opener.
R van Barneveld
1pt 5-4 general
Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
Van Gerwen leads 8-2
A month after their epic semi-final at the William Hill World Championship and Michael van Gerwen has his chance for some sort of revenge.
Be sure that Van Gerwen is massively up for this assignment. He absolutely loathes losing and the chance to put Cross in his place following that Alexandra Palace reverse cannot come soon enough.
The defending Premier League champion has won eight of their ten previous meetings and can extend that sequence.
M van Gerwen
2pts 7-10 Betfair
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
Wright leads 8-1
Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price met five times in 2017 and Snakebite won the lot, including the UK Open final.
Price is improving all the time although he has an atrocious record against the front four in the Premier League betting: played 29 and won just four.
That has to give Wright the kind of edge that perhaps isn’t illustrated by the betting.
2pts 3-4 Betfair
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