With one set of matches left, the world’s top three players have all now booked their place in next week’s Premier League play-off finals.
The battle for the final play-off place is between Phil Taylor and Dave Chisnall and there will be plenty of neutrals hoping The Power can secure a play-off berth in his farewell season. Keep reading for our Aberdeen darts betting preview.
Aberdeen darts betting sees Taylor odds-on to grab play-off place
A superb win for Phil Taylor in Sheffield means that a draw will be enough for the six-time champion to book his place at the O2 showpiece next week.
Taylor rolled back the years to beat world number one Michael van Gerwen 7-3, hitting an 11-dart finish in the process. The Power came back from 2-1 down with a superb 96 finish of single 20, double 18 and double top before winning the next four legs which included an 11-dart finish and a 90 checkout.
The 56 year old sits in fourth place in the table, two points ahead of his nearest challenger. A point will be good enough to secure his place in the play-offs and he faces his old protégé Adrian Lewis in the final regular season match.
Taylor was pleased with his win over the world champion. He said: “Michael’s a tough opponent but it was a strange game. I think the 90 finish won me the game in the end and it’s another two points. To play Michael and beat him is a massive buzz.
“It’s in my own hands and it will be fantastic if I make it into the play-offs. I went up there to enjoy it tonight because I’ve not got as much pressure on me, and when you’re more relaxed you can enjoy it a bit more.
“I’m not going to take anything for granted and I’ve got to get ready for Aberdeen because Adrian could play out of his skin.”
Lewis is out of contention after four successive defeats during which time he was won just 9 legs of darts. Taylor can end his Premier League career with a play-off place by winning at 10/11.
The only man capable of stopping Taylor from reaching next week’s O2 finals is Dave Chisnall. Having narrowly escaped elimination earlier in the campaign, it’s been a superb run from the Englishman.
Chizzy’s now unbeaten in six matches and he averaged over 109 last week in a win over Raymond van Barneveld. A 142 checkout was among the highlights as Chisnall secured a 7-5 win with a 64 finish in the deciding leg.
After his win Chisnall said: “I’m happy to get the win. I’ve been playing well lately and I could have had 12 points but I had the three draws that I could have won. I’m in a very good position but I’ve still got to win next week.
“I’m in with a chance and it’s exciting. I’ve been playing well for the last six or seven weeks and I could have had six wins; but that’s darts. I know I can do it but I’ve got to win the last game against James and I want to keep playing like I am.”
Chisnall plays James Wade whose faint hopes of making the top four were ended in defeat last week. The Merseysider can put pressure on Taylor with a win at 5/6.
World’s top two meet in Aberdeen darts betting
While Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson may already have qualified for next week’s play-offs, Mighty Mike has the small matter of a £25,000 bonus for winning the regular season to play for in Aberdeen.
Defeat to Taylor last week means that he still needs a win to ensure he finishes on top of the table after 16 matches. HIs opponent is world number two Anderson who secured his place at the O2 with a win over James Wade.
The two-time Premier League champion said: “I knew that I just needed one more win and I was really nervous tonight and it was a bit of a struggle but I got there in the end. Getting into the top four is everyone’s aim at the start of the season so that’s the main bit done.”
With the pressure off Anderson he could run van Gerwen close here and he is a decent bet at 14/5 to win.
Peter Wright is just a point behind van Gerwen in the table and he could bag the £25,000 bonus with a win over Raymond van Barneveld. A partisan crowd is likely to help Snakebite’s cause and he can finish the season with a win at 4/6.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.