Premier League Darts Betting Preview
There will still be some purists who aren’t fans of it, but the Premier League is huge business in the world of darts nowadays and it is back and bigger than ever.
Due to the ever-increasing competition for places in the event it has been expanded to 10 players from its usual eight. It seemed there were just too many viable contenders for a place that it would have been unfair to leave two out of the final line-up. Things have certainly progressed somewhat since Jelle Klaasen got a place in the tournament just for reaching the world championship quarter-finals in ’09.
There will be no argument that the newcomers this year thoroughly deserve their chance with the three debutants being Michael van Gerwen, Robert Thornton and Wes Newton. MVG is now fourth in the world so he was in automatically whilst Thornton’s UK Open win near enough guaranteed him a spot and Newton’s consistency in staying in the world’s top eight meant another omission would have been very unfair.
The added numbers mean a change in format though and this brings into the equation the dreaded concept of relegation. Each man will play each other over the first nine weeks of action and after that initial round-robin, the two men at the foot of the table will drop out of the competition leaving the remaining eight to play each other again before the traditional semi-finals.
This really does spice things up for the players and also for the betting as an entirely new market is created for us to have a flutter on. Unsurprisingly it is the players who are inexperienced in this competition who are favourite for the drop with Thornton odds-on in places but at a best price of 6/4 with Coral to be relegated. Newton is not far behind him at 7/4, as is last year’s semi-finalist Andy Hamilton which is somewhat surprising.
A potential candidate for the drop is James Wade who for some unknown reason generally starts this tournament very poorly and only comes into form in the second half. He clearly cannot afford to do that this time around but if he does, hiss price of 3/1 with Ladbrokes looks pretty good.
In terms of winning the thing though, it is unsurprisingly Phil Taylor who is favourite having re-stamped his mark as the best player on the planet at the World Championships and then again at the World Cup. The Power is a best price of 9/4 with Bwin and this looks very generous given his form and his spectacular record in the competition which has seen him win six out of the eight editions.
His nearest rival is the man he beat in the World Championship final Van Gerwen who is available at 7/2 with Sporting Bet and Blue Square. This may be his debut in the tournament but that won’t put people off as if he can keep up his form of recent months then he will be near unstoppable in the short format games, the likes of which he wins so regularly on the Pro Tour. A Taylor v Van Gerwen final is 13/8 with Bet Victor and that looks a very decent bet.
It looks like it will be one of these two men who will lift the trophy with no one else really showing enough form. Such is the quality in the field now though that a 9-darter in the tournament is odds-on which, a few years ago, would be unheard of. There used to be a market on if there would be a 170 or not in a tournament, now it is a given and the 5/4 on there being more than 2.5 maximum finishes with Blue Square looks a very good bet indeed.
There is plenty to have a go at with this year’s Premier League and there will be plenty of twists and turns along the way. Stay with us here at dartsbettingnews.co.uk for all the betting updates throughout the tournament.
Over 2.5 170 checkouts @ 5/4 with Blue Square
Robert Thornton to be relegated @ 6/4 with Coral
James Wade to be relegated @ 3/1 with Ladbrokes
Phil Taylor to win @ 9/4 with Bwin
Written By:- Phil Haigh (About our
Posted on:- 06/02/2013 - 16:34 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Darts Betting News, Adrian Lewis, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld , Simon Whitlock
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