Premier League Darts is again on Monday and it guarantees to be stuffed with surprises.
For starters, the continued well being disaster has resulted in a really completely different format for the competitors. Instead of the Premier League going down as soon as every week, over a interval of months and hosted at bought-out arenas, the motion will come from the empty Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
The first 5 nights happen between Monday and Friday this week, adopted by one other 4 consecutive nights later in April, when the underside two gamers might be eradicated. The remaining seven nights might be performed throughout two weeks in May, with the Play-offs on the twenty eighth deciding who might be topped as champion.
Michael van Gerwen is the favorite to win his sixth Premier League title at 3.613/5, forward of the present World Champion and world primary Gerwyn Price at 4.03/1. Peter Wright is third favorite at 7.26/1, with the in-form Jonny Clayton at 11.010/1, simply forward of Gary Anderson at 11.521/2. Dimitri van den Bergh at 13.5, Jose De Sousa at 19.018/1, Nathan Aspinall at 20.019/1, Glen Durrant at 21.020/1 and Rob Cross at 34.033/1, full the sphere.
Based on outcomes in 2021, there is no one taking part in higher proper now that the debutant Clayton. The Welshman booked the final remaining place in the Premier League by successful the Masters in January and has reached the ultimate of 4 of the eight Players Championship occasions this 12 months, successful two.
Due to the Masters being a non-rating occasion, Clayton is the bottom ranked participant in the competitors, at 17 in the world, however that’s unlikely to be the case for lengthy. Since successful the World Cup for Wales alongside Price, Clayton has seemed a distinct participant and is price contemplating at 8.07/1 to top the league.
Price has continued to set a excessive commonplace since successful the World Championship, reaching the semi-finals of each the Masters and the UK Open. He additionally received one of many Players Championships occasions held in March and was a overwhelmed finalist in one other.
When Price received the World Championship, he instantly named the Premier League as an enormous goal this 12 months. It’s an occasion that he is underperformed in, having did not make the play-offs in three makes an attempt, however he appears to be like higher worth at 4.03/1 to win the Premier League, than the favorite.
Van Gerwen has the pedigree to be the favourite at 3.613/5, however maybe not the form. This is the furthest level right into a 12 months with out MVG successful a title of some type, since 2012. He missed out on the Play-offs final 12 months and there is no assure that the identical will not occur once more.
The defending champion Durrant has seen his form collapse since beating Aspinall in the ultimate final 12 months. Per week after successful the Premier League, he caught Covid-19 and his recreation has but to get better. His performances in 2021 rank him 89th out of 132 gamers on the Pro Tour circuit and it is not shock that he is the favourite to be eliminated at 1.574/7.
Cross is the second favourite at 2.26/5, having been eradicated final 12 months. He gained an computerized place in this 12 months’s Premier League, as he was ranked fourth on the time when the primary 9 gamers had been introduced. Based on form over the previous 12 months, it is a stretch to say that Cross deserves his place over others that are not concerned, resembling James Wade or Dave Chisnall.
Aspinall is the third favourite to be eliminated at 2.56/4. His rating has slipped to 10 in the world, however whereas it might be a shock if he repeated final season’s feat of creating the ultimate, he ought to have the standard to keep away from the drop.
Right now, Price, Wright and Clayton look likeliest to make the Play-offs, with Van Gerwen’s historical past in the Premier League, suggesting he can be a part of them. The likes of Gary Anderson and debutants resembling Jose De Sousa and Dimitri van den Bergh, might additionally problem.
Durrant is simply too brief to suggest to complete in the underside two, however Cross is value at 2.26/5, having completed backside after 9 weeks, final 12 months. Another worth wager is the 11/10 on the Sportsbook for there to be a nine-dart finish in the tournament. There had been two final 12 months.