Wins for Peter Wright and Michael van Gerwen in Birmingham last week sealed their place in this year’s Premier League play-offs. Now, just two top four places remain with six players retaining a mathematical chance of reaching the O2 showpiece.
There are four vital matches in Sheffield this week, including a match-up between two of the best players of all time. Keep reading for our Sheffield darts betting preview.
Taylor clinging on to play-off hopes
For many darts fans it would be a sad end to a stellar career if Phil Taylor didn’t bow out of the Premier League on play-off night. The Power clung to fourth place in the table last week despite defeat to Peter Wright, but faces an even greater challenge this week as he faces Michael van Gerwen in Thursday’s final match.
Despite averaging more than his rival in Birmingham, some clinical finishing by Wright saw Taylor slump to his fifth defeat of the campaign. The six-time champion remains a point ahead of his rivals in the chase for a play-off place, and he may have to beat his protégé Adrian Lewis next week to secure his place at the O2.
van Gerwen, meanwhile, was in sensational form last week, coming back from 6-3 down to grab a draw with Dave Chisnall and then thrashing Adrian Lewis 7-0 in only the eighth whitewash in the history of the Premier League.
Mighty Mike hit 180s in each of his opening three legs to open up a 3-0 lead, before shutting out the former world champion with a pair of 14-dart finishes. It guaranteed his qualification for the end-of-season event and moved him a step towards the financial bonus for finishing on top of the league.
After his win the Dutchman said: “It’s been a good evening for me. To go home with three points is good and I think I made a great night of it at the end with the win over Adrian. It was a fantastic performance and I played phenomenal against Adrian – I came alive and everything clicked.
“The first step is getting into the play-offs and the biggest step is at the O2, and I want to keep this going now. I’m feeling good and I’m playing really well.”
It’s rare that you can back the legend Taylor at 13/2, but van Gerwen is just 1/4 to win.
Chisnall once again good value in Sheffield darts betting
It’s been a great few weeks for Dave Chisnall and the Englishman’s excellent run of form continued in Birmingham where he came within a couple of darts of beating the world number one.
Chizzy had three darts at double 18 to seal a win over van Gerwen and afterwards was disappointed not to take maximum points. He said: “It’s a point lost. I had shots to win the match and I’m really disappointed, but it’s not a defeat. I had the chance at the 36 and didn’t take it, and Michael [van Gerwen] did what he does and came back. I had some chances early on that I took, but you have to hit your doubles against Michael.
“I’ve got to win my next two matches and see if the results go for me, because it’s very close. I’m still in it and I’ve not lost in five games now, and I still think I can get through to the O2.”
Chisnall’s opponent this week is Raymond van Barneveld who has slipped out of the play-off places after three consecutive defeats. The 50 year old is still in contention however and sits just a point off the top four.
This could be a great match. The in-form Chisnall hasn’t lost since 30 March and can be backed at 17/10.
Gary Anderson‘s win over Barney last week saw him move up to third place in the table and the world number two can all but book his place in the play-offs this week with a win over James Wade.
The Machine kept up his faint hopes of reaching the play-offs with a win over Adrian Lewis in Birmingham but sits three points off the top four with just two matches to go.
Wade won 7-4 last week and said: “It’s a shame I didn’t do this a few weeks ago. I’ve played poorly but I’m still enjoying it. This will be too little, too late, but hopefully I can do myself justice in the next two games.
“In my eyes it’s not possible for me to qualify – I might have left it too late but I can spoil it for the other players who need the points.”
Anderson is just 4/9 to win this one.
Peter Wright booked his place at the O2 last week with a win over Phil Taylor and he faces Adrian Lewis in Thursday’s opening match. Jackpot lost twice last week to all but end his play-off hopes and with the pressure off Snakebite can win at 3/4.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.