MVG set for more Premier League glory
Thursday nights are the highlight of the week once more as the Premier League returns with 10 of the greatest darts players on the planet competing every seven days and with Michael van Gerwen the favourite to prove himself to be the best of them all.
MVG is entering the tournament as not only the defending champion but also the world champion after his devastating festive performances at Alexandra Palace. The Dutchman will be brimming with confidence and incredibly difficult to stop in a format that has proved to suit him perfectly.
It was MVG’s debut in the tournament a year ago and he swept aside the competition to lift the trophy at the first time of asking. The bookmakers are expecting him to do the same again this time around, as are we, and he is a best price of 15/8 with Sporting Bet to do so.
Despite his early exit from the World Championships and his defeat in the final of this event last year, Phil Taylor is just behind the Dutchman in the odds at a best of 2/1 with Bet365. The Power has a sensational record in the competition, winning six of the nine editions to date so it will certainly take more than those two defeats to see the bookies boost his price significantly.
Whether he can be backed with confidence or not has to be in doubt though. Last year Taylor lost four games in the group stage of the Premier League and finished third, his weakest ever performance. He showed fragility where he had not before and after his second round exit at Ally Pally the rest of the field will fancy their chances of getting at him. Throw into the mix his recent change of darts and he himself could be uncertain of his performance at least early in the event.
This could leave a chance for someone else to come through the field and one that cannot be ruled out is Gary Anderson after he triumphed at the German Darts Championship at the weekend. The Scot ended 2013 in great form and seems to be on top of his game at the start of this year. He won the Premier League in 2011 and at 33/1 with Bwin he could prove fantastic value. He certainly looks a must back at 11/4 with Sporting Bet to make it to the final four.
At the other end of the table the threat of relegation looms large again after the first nine weeks of the competition. Wes Newton is widely expected to prop up the table and despite being odds-on is still worth backing at 10/11 with Paddy Power to be in the bottom two. The other is more difficult to pick but debutant Dave Chisnall could be a good shout at 5/2 with Boyle Sports. The St Helens star had a great 2013 until his World Grand Prix final and then tailed off badly including a first round exit at the World Championships. On form he is a threat to anyone over a short format but unless he is back to his best then he could well struggle.
Michael van Gerwen to win @ 15/8 with Sporting Bet
Gary Anderson to finish in top four @ 11/4 with Sporting Bet
Dave Chisnall to finish in bottom two @ 5/2 with Boyle Sports
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 04/02/2014 - 10:15 AM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock