Three Names To Watch In The Premier League Darts
February 5, 2019
Nine weeks. Nine participants. But only one winner. This is the Premier League Darts.
Yes, that’s right. One of the most prestigious dart’s tournaments of the year is back on Thursday 7th February and fans will be treated to nine whole weeks of action. Fancy a bet whilst you watch? Here are the bookmakers offering the best Premier League Darts betting odds. Follow the event live on Sky Sports.
You may have picked up on the ‘nine participants’ and thought that seems relatively small. Well, the competition only looks to include the sport’s biggest names and following Gary Anderson’s injury, only nine players will take to the Oche over the coming weeks.
The Flying Scotsman may be taking a seat from the action, but there is plenty of other star names who will be in participation. From the mighty Michael Van Gerwen, to the 2014 winner Raymond van Barneveld, to Michael Smith, there are plenty of names in the mix. Will the favourite triumph again, or is it time for an underdog to emerge from the shadows and claim an upset? Here are three names to follow throughout the competition.
Van Gerwen The Favourite
Unsurprisingly, it is Michael Van Gerwen who finds himself at the top of the Premier League Darts betting odds. Darts fans have become accustomed in seeing Mighty Mike be made the outright favourite for every darts competition in recent years, with there being just reason behind this. Since Phil Taylor’s retirement in 2018, the Dutchman has resumed the role in being the greatest dart’s player on earth.
Van Gerwen started 2019 off with a bang and will be hoping to carry his positive momentum from the PDC into the Premier League. It will be an old foe in Michael Smith who he comes across first though, during week one of the tournament on 7th February. The two met last January, where Van Gerwen ran out victorious in the PDC final 7-3. It was a dominating performance from the Dutchman – will history repeat itself again?
As the winner of the last three Premier League Darts’ trophies, it would certainly be a shock to see Mighty Mike crash out early this year. Smith is an interesting early test for the reigning champion, but he is being tipped to prevail all the same. With four PL trophies to his name already, Taylor’s magic number of six remains closely in Van Gerwen’s sights. The Dutchman is the dominating figure in the world of darts and you would have to be a brave punter to go against anything but another mighty triumph from Mike.
Cross To Upset The Odds Again?
Rob Cross burst onto the professional scene in 2017 by winning the Players Championship at the first time of asking. The Kent-born player had already announced himself as a future star by making it to the last eight of the UK Open, losing to eventual winner Peter Wright.
Unfortunately, he would find himself up against Michael van Gerwen on numerous occasions before the year was out, and the mighty Dutchman just proved that little bit too good for Cross in his breakthrough year. MVG would beat ‘Voltage’ in the finals of the German Darts Grand Prix and the European Darts Trophy before repeating the result in the European Championship – Cross’ first premier event final.
The following year would see Cross survive six match darts against van Gerwen on route to the PDC Darts World Championship final, where he would beat the legendary Phil Taylor by 7-2. Now ranked as the second-best darts player on the planet, Cross is the only man in history to survive match darts in two different rounds and go on to win a world title. That staying power, along with a proven ability to beat MVG on the big stage, makes the former electrician a dangerous man to write-off.
Smith Looking For Redemption
Known as ‘Bully Boy’, Michael Smith will be aiming to live up to his nickname by attempting to go one better than last year and win the 2019 Premier League.
As a finalist in 2018, Smith clearly has the ability to mix it with the top dogs and with Gary Anderson out with a back injury, there’s one less major opponent to stand in his way. Unfortunately for Smith, he banged into a rampant MVG in the final last year, a man who lost just one game in the first nine weeks and went on to win the final 11-4.
Smith was outclassed on the night but wasn’t helped by a three-dart average of 97.01. It’s far from bad, but ‘Bully Boy’ will be well aware that he needs to be hitting over 100 if he is to dethrone the Green Machine of his Premier League title.
Form is in favour of the St Helens’ lad too, reaching the quarter-finals of The Masters more recently and kicking off the start of the year by making the final of the PDC World Championships, where he again found MVG too good.
The signs are positive for Smith though, and if he can keep knocking on the door it won’t be long before it’s opening up with a major trophy waiting behind it.
Bet On Premier League Darts
So, that’s the three favourites covered and despite underdog stories being a bit of a rarity in the world of darts, you can bet on every competing player. This competition has been specifically formatted to include the top nine players on the planet right now, so nobody can ever be ruled out of contention.
Van Gerwen leads the Premier League Darts betting odds and many will be predicting to see the Dutchman fly to victory come the end of March. Whether you are looking to just select an outright winner or bet on each individual match, you can keep up to date with us throughout. Before a dart has even been thrown though, my official prediction lies with Mighty Mike. A boring, orthodox choice I know, but on his day, there isn’t a player out there who can stop him.
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As an experienced sports writer, Josh has been published across various different platforms, writing about his beloved club Manchester United and other footballing topics. He also covers a range of other sports, specialising in UFC and Formula One.