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The opening match of Night 9 in the Premier League Darts sees two players looking to rediscover a winning touch go head-to-head. Dimitri Van den Bergh and Michael Smith were winless last week, who rediscovers their form?
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Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Michael Smith – Match Predictions
This is an important match from the top half of the draw in Berlin on Thursday as Michael Smith tries to hold on to the fourth place. Van den Bergh is only three points behind him, so on Thursday and there’s everything to play for in this one. Here we jump into our darts predictions.
Prediction 1: Van den Bergh to win
Michael Smith lost his way in his opening match last week against Chris Dobey in Newcastle. That was the third straight loss in the Premier League for Smith, who will be desperate to arrest this slump. He’s now only been beyond the quarter-finals on one of the last four Nights. An upset could be on.
Prediction 2: Van den Bergh +1.5 Handicap
We have to back up the first of our darts predictions for this match by going into the handicap market. Van den Bergh has alternated between a quarter-final and a semi-final exit in the last five rounds of action. Should that trend continue, Van den Bergh should progress past this match. It’s a huge chance for The DreamMaker to haul himself closer to the top four. He should be fired up.
Dimitri Van den Bergh and Michael Smith Latest Form and Performances
To dig a little deeper into this fixture at the top of the Premier League schedule for Thursday night, we take a look at the current form of the two players.
The DreamMaker Can Make His Move
Van den Bergh went down against Nathan Aspinall in last week’s quarter-finals but only in a deciding set. In his last eleven matches in all tournaments, The DreamMaker has won eight, so has a decent bit of momentum. Van den Bergh has been to the semi-finals on four of the eight completed Nights this season in the Premier League and sits on a W5 L8 match record.
Bully Boy Tamed At The Oche
The pressure is mounting on Michael Smith at the moment in the Darts Premier League. Bully Boy has lost his opening match on three of the last four nights. He’s seen his position in the top four weaken because of that. The only good run he had in that sequence was in Liverpool in front of his home crowd. But he’s now W3 L6 in his last nine matches in all competitions.
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Michael Smith Head to Head
The current head-to-head between Van den Bergh and Smith is in favour of the latter. It’s a three-match winning streak that Smith is currently on against VDB, the last two coming in this season’s Premier League.
- 09.03.2023. PL: Van den Bergh 3 – Smith 6
- 16.02.2023. PL: Van den Bergh 4 – Smith 6
- 13.01.2023. BDM: Van den Bergh 4 – Smith 6
- 11.06.2022. NDM: Van den Bergh 11 – Smith 4
- 13.03.2022. ET: Van den Bergh 6 – Smith 3
Match Details and FAQs
- When does the match start? The match starts on Thursday, March 9th at 19:10 GMT.
- What is the venue of the match? The venue of the match is Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
- Where can I watch the match? All action is live via Sky Sports and PDC TV.