After 15 weeks of high quality darts action, the Premier League reaches its climax this week at the O2 in London.
The world’s top four players will compete for a £250,000 prize with Michael van Gerwen the favourite to win his third Premier League title. Keep reading for our play-off darts betting preview.
Taylor good value in the play-off darts betting to reach O2 final
Having won the Premier League on six previous occasions, it would have been a letdown if Phil Taylor had failed to reach the O2 play-offs in his final year as a professional.
The Power had to dig deep to secure his place in the top four, however, coming from 5-3 down to beat Adrian Lewis in his final league match. Jackpot missed a double 12 for a nine-dart finish early in the match but a 122 bull checkout took him to 4-2, before the next two legs were shared. Taylor then won the final four legs to clinch the victory that, ultimately, saw him nick third place in the table.
“I’m over the moon to get to the O2,” said the former world champion. “It’s an extra bonus for me, I didn’t expect to get there to be honest, so it’s massive.
“There’s no pressure on me but I’m going to be trying to win it and I’ve done it six times before. I’ll have a massive smile on my face because I’ve been dedicated for 20 years and it’s time for me to move on, but I’m in it to win it next week and I’m looking forward to it.
“If I can go out there and win my seventh Premier League title it will be brilliant.”
A win in his final match coupled with Gary Anderson’s defeat in Aberdeen means that Taylor will face Peter Wright in the play-off semi-final.
Despite being a top ten player for some years, this is Snakebite’s first appearance in a Premier League play-offs. The Scotsman secured his place a couple of weeks ago but finished his campaign with a ruthless win over Raymond van Barneveld. He raced into a 3-0 lead with the help of a 14-dart leg and an 80 checkout before confirming a 7-1 win with a 116 finish.
“I’ve qualified for the top four for the first time and I’m happy with that,” said Wright. “I’m pinching myself thinking that I’m in the top four alongside Phil, Gary and Michael – it’s crazy. My form’s coming and I’ve got another week to get it right for the O2.”
Wright has finished fifth in the Premier League in the last two years but has lost just three times this season and has been in the top four since the third week of the campaign. He is the 4/9 favourite to win while you can back Taylor to make a dream final at 8/5.
Dutchman the favourite in the play-offs darts betting
Having reached the last four Premier League finals, Michael van Gerwen bagged the £25,000 bonus for finishing on top of the league in Aberdeen and will head to the O2 as the odds-on favourite. It’s the fifth year in a row that Mighty Mike has topped the regular season table.
The Dutchman was in excellent form last week, beating world number two Gary Anderson 7-4 in a high quality match. van Gerwen raced into a 3-1 lead before holding off a fightback which included a 145 checkout.
After his win van Gerwen said: “It was really tough this year. Peter [Wright] was in my shadow all the way through and fair play to him but I came here for two points and I got them, so I’m really glad. I think my scoring was good but I still missed too many chances in my opinion – but I did the job I needed to tonight.”
With Taylor having leapfrogged Anderson in the table on the final night, these two players meet again in the semi-finals at the O2. van Gerwen added: “It was really important for me and I’m happy with this win so I can look forward to next week at the O2. It’s the top four darts players in the world and I can’t wait. It’s always a good game against Gary and I feel good.”
The world number one has got the better of Anderson in the World Grand Prix, Masters and World Championships in the last year while he also took three points off the Flying Scotsman in this year’s Premier League. He is just 3/10 to reach his sixth successive Premier League final.
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