Play-off places already decided but lots of darts betting value this week
A dramatic night of darts in Newcastle last week ultimately decided the four players that will advance to this season’s Premier League play-offs in London on 21 May.
This means that while there are four high quality matches to look forward to at the Brighton Centre, the outcomes of the matches won’t affect the outcome of this years’ competition. Keep reading for this week’s Premier League darts betting preview.
Top four secure their places in next week’s play-offs
Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall had already secured their play-off places before last week’s matches and, after a great night of darts in Newcastle, they will be joined by world champion Gary Anderson and the reigning Premier League champion Raymond van Barneveld.
Anderson won the Premier League in 2011 and booked his place in the last four with a win over Phil Taylor. After securing his spot at the O2 Arena, the Flying Scotsman said: “As long as I held my own throw for six legs then I knew I’d get the point that I needed, but I got a break as well and then pinched it at the end.
“I’ve scraped through and anything could happen now. For the first nine weeks I was doing really well but I’ve struggled for a few weeks so it’s great to make sure I’m in the play-offs.”
Anderson takes on Adrian Lewis in Thursday’s third match. Lewis had a faint chance of making the play-offs last week but even his best performance of the tournament wasn’t enough for a top four place. Jackpot came back from 5-3 down to beat world number one Michael van Gerwen at the Metro Radio Arena, securing the win with a superb 11 dart finish in the final leg.
Lewis is available at 7/4 while Anderson can be backed at 23/20.
The league’s form player is Raymond van Barneveld who also booked his place in the play-offs last week. Barney hasn’t lost in the Premier League in his last seven matches and the defending champion secured his place on finals night with a 6-6 draw against James Wade.
“After having only five points going into Judgment Night it’s great to get through to the play-offs,” said van Barneveld. “I think it was a fair result [against Wade] because I didn’t get going at the start – at 3-0 down you think it’s not your night, so you’re happy to get a draw at the end.
“I’m happy to still be in the competition but my game has to improve and I’ll be giving it my all next week against Stephen Bunting.”
Barney is 5/6 to win while you can back opponent Stephen Bunting at 5/2.
In a twist of fate, the final match of the regular season pits the top two players in the league against one another. Michael van Gerwen will take on Dave Chisnall in Brighton and the winner of the match will end the regular season at the top of the table.
While Mighty Mike was losing to Adrian Lewis in Newcastle, Chizzy continued his impressive form of recent weeks, thrashing Stephen Bunting 7-1. After his victory, this year’s surprise package said: “I scored heavily and finished well again. I’m over the moon with how I’m playing at the moment and I want to keep winning and take this into the play-offs.”
van Gerwen is the 8/15 favourite but Chisnall looks superb value at 10/3.
Taylor fails to make the play-offs for the very first time
Anderson’s 7-5 win over Phil Taylor eliminated the six-time champion meaning that the Power won’t feature on play-off night for the first time in the tournament’s history. Taylor has just one win in his last seven matches and it is this poor form that has seen him slip to fifth in the table and out of contention.
The former world champion opens proceedings in Brighton against James Wade. Wade has admitted that the schedule has been tough this season and the left-hander has won just 3 of his 15 Premier League matches.
This could be close but we fancy Taylor to bow out with a win at 3/4.
The fifteenth week of the Premier League kicks off at 7.15pm on Thursday 14 May. Find all the darts odds over at our main site at https://www.betbright.com/darts