With just three weeks of the season to go, the 2017 Premier League remains as open as ever with all the remaining eight players retaining a mathematical chance of making the play-offs at the O2 on 18 May.
Michael van Gerwen continues to lead the way, but there’s a mighty battle behind him for the remaining three play-off places. There are some crucial matches this week, so keep reading for our Birmingham darts betting preview.
Lewis looks decent value in Birmingham darts betting
With four wins in his five matches, Adrian Lewis had dragged himself into contention for the play-offs before a defeat last week saw his slip a point behind the top four. The three-time Premier League semi-finalist has a chance to stake his claim for an O2 place in Birmingham as he features in the first and the last games of the night.
His opening match is against James Wade who has lost five of his last six matches to fall out of play-off contention. It’s been a disappointing season for The Machine who, despite hitting more 100+ scores than anyone else in the tournament, will find himself eliminated if he can’t win on Thursday.
Lewis can get his evening off to a flyer with a win at 5/6.
It gets tougher for Jackpot in his second match as he faces league leader Michael van Gerwen. The reigning champion also plays twice on Thursday and a point should be enough to book his place in the O2 showpiece.
The world number one’s only defeat in this season’s Premier League was to Raymond van Barneveld but he gained revenge for that reverse in Belfast, winning 7-2 against his compatriot. After the first four legs were shared, van Gerwen spoiled his opponents 50th birthday with some excellent finishing, including a 92 finish with two double 18s.
“It was a good win and I did the job tonight,” he said. “I expected Raymond to play better on his birthday but there was only one winner tonight. He was not himself, I think it had to do with his birthday and the game against me put a bit of pressure on him on this day and he wasn’t as focused.
“It had to be difficult for Raymond but I had a job to do; I want to be on top of the table again and I have to do my duty. I love to play well and that keeps me motivated. I’ve been top for the last three years and I want to do it again.”
Mighty Mike is in great form and can book his play-off place with a win at 1/3.
Chizzy long odds in Birmingham darts betting to beat Premier League favourite
Having escaped elimination ahead of Judgement Night, the pressure has been off Dave Chisnall and the Merseysider is now the form player in the tournament.
Chizzy hasn’t lost since 30 March and has hit the most 180s on three out of the last four Premier League nights. He dragged himself right into the play-off mix last week with two excellent wins and now sits just two points off the top four.
Chisnall beat both Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor in Belfast, dropping just five legs in the process. He raced into a three leg lead against Lewis before closing out victory on double one, before averaging 104 against Taylor, hitting two 13-dart and one 14-dart finish in a comfortable victory.
“It’s been a great night,” said the 2015 Premier League semi-finalist. “I’m very pleased with how it’s gone and I’m happy to have got the four points tonight. I’ve been playing well and hitting lots of 180s but in the last two weeks I’ve not hit the doubles at the crucial times and today I did.
“I’m in with a shout and if I can keep playing like I have tonight then there’s no reason I can’t make it into the top four.”
If he can replicate his form from last week, Chisnall could be superb value at 13/2 to beat the world number one.
Despite his defeat to Dave Chisnall last week, an earlier victory for Phil Taylor carried the six-time Premier League champion into the top three. The Power averaged over 104 in a comfortable win over world number two and this week faces the man directly above him in the table, Peter Wright.
It’s been an excellent season for the world number three so far, and he continued his good run of form with a 7-3 win over James Wade in Belfast. Despite using a new set of darts, Snakebite cruised to a comfortable victory.
“It wasn’t the best performance but it’s a win, two points and it keeps me in the top four,” said the UK Open champion. “Getting the win was the aim tonight and I did that. I did enough to get the win but neither of us were at our best.
“I’ve been practising with these darts for a couple of weeks and felt good with them but they didn’t go like I thought they would tonight.
This could be a great match. Taylor is 21/10 while you can back Wright at 19/20.
Both Gary Anderson and Raymond van Barneveld sit on 14 points after both were defeated in Belfast and so their match in Thursday is absolutely crucial. The Flying Scotsman is the 5/6 favourite.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.