2015 Premier League Darts reaches conclusion on finals night in London
Four of the world’s top players head to the O2 Arena on Thursday night for this year’s Premier League Darts Finals night. Three of the men are former Premier League winners while the fourth is this season’s surprise package.
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Three world champions in a strong finals night line-up
There promises to be some high quality darts on show at the O2 Arena this Thursday as three world champions and this season’s surprise Premier League star take to the stage to decide the outcome of this year’s Premier League.
First up is Dave Chisnall against world champion Gary Anderson. Chisnall has been the surprise package of this season’s Premier League and would have finished at the top of the table had he won the final leg of his match last week against Michal van Gerwen. The match finished 6-6 and the pair could meet again in the final this Thursday.
“I’m not disappointed to draw because it was a good game, and when I went 6-5 up I had a chance but Michael’s finishing was superb, again, in that last leg,” said Chisnall.
“I’m very proud and I’ve done myself justice this season – people wrote me off at the beginning and I’ve proved them wrong, and I know what I can do. It’s all good at the moment and I’m confident that I’ll play well next week – and hopefully I can meet Michael again in the final.”
Chisnall faces Gary Anderson who finished third in the table after beating Adrian Lewis last week. The 2011 Premier League champion goes into finals night with back-to-back wins under his belt and is the 3/5 favourite to prevail.
Chisnall has beaten Anderson twice in the Premier League this season and has been in great form. We fancy the Englishman to continue his excellent run with a win at 7/5.
Two Dutchmen meet in Thursday’s second semi-final with this season’s league table-topper Michael van Gerwen taking on the defending Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.
van Gerwen has lost three of his last six league matches but is confident going into the play-offs. He said: “It means a lot to me to finish top again and I’ve worked very hard for it. It feels great and I’m very proud.
“It’s incredible at the moment, and I’m in good form and I want to keep this going in the play-offs now.”
2014 champion Raymond van Barneveld only survived Judgment Night by the skin of his teeth but since then the Dutchman has been on a superb run of form and edged out six-time Premier League winner Phil Taylor for the final berth in the play-offs.
Barney is on an eight-game beaten run and, in many ways, this season has echoes of last year when he reached Finals Night but was given no hope in his play-off match with Phil Taylor. Barney won that match before beating van Gerwen in the final and on current form it could well be the older Dutchman’s night again.
van Barneveld is a tasty 3/1 to eliminate van Gerwen and reach the final.
The Premier League play-offs kick off at 7.20pm on Thursday 21 May. Find all the darts odds over at our main site at https://www.betbright.com/darts