Premier League Darts 2021 Schedule Announced

Premier League Darts 2021 Schedule Announced

The PDC has announced the dates – and venue – for this year’s delayed Darts Premier League.

While we await news of the fixtures, we at least have a start date for Darts longest-lasting event.

Unfortunately, the understandable decision to postpone proceedings in order to tour the event around local venues in order to allow for fans, hasn’t paid off. 

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Darts Premier League Once again in Milton Keynes

The weekly first stage, which will last for nine nights, will take place in its entirety at the now extremely familiar Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

It will, of course, take place behind closed doors too. 

Judgement Night, as ever, will see the bottom-placed two players in the league table eliminated.

From there, seven more nights will take place as we work our way towards the playoffs, which according to the latest government guidelines, might well finally allow for fans to be in attendance as we potentially work our way out of lockdown.

As always, players will earn two points for a win, and one for a draw, with the first stage of the tourney played to the best of 12 legs.

The top four players in the table after 16 rounds will contest the playoffs.

We also know this year’s Premier League Darts line-up. It was confirmed after the Darts Masters in January, which was won by the other member of Wales’ Darts World Cup winning duo Jonny Clayton.

As such, Clayton joins other PDC maiden victors, Jose De Sousa and Dimitri Van den Bergh as the three debutants of this year’s event which will begin on the 5th of April.

They are joined in the 10-player tournament by defending champion Glen Durrant, new world number one Gerwyn Price, five times DPL winner Michael van Gerwen, plus Nathan Aspinall, Peter Wright, Gary Anderson and Rob Cross.

Premier League Darts 2021 line-up

  1. Michael van Gerwen
  2. Peter Wright
  3. Gerwyn Price
  4. Rob Cross
  5. Gary Anderson
  6. Glen Durrant
  7. Nathan Aspinall
  8. Dimitri van den Bergh
  9. Jose De Sousa
  10. Jonny Clayton

Premier League Darts 2021

Night 1, April 5

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 2, April 6

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 3, April 7

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 4, April 8

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 5, April 9

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 6, April 19

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 7, April 20

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 8, April 21

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Judgement Night, April 22

Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Night 10

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 11

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 12

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 13

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 14

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 15

Venue & Date to be confirmed

Night 16

Venue & Date to be confirmed

PlayOffs Night

Venue & Date to be confirmed

  • Semi-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • Finals (Best of 21 legs)

Bet365 2021 Premier League Darts Betting Odds

  • Michael van Gerwen – 11/5
  • Gerwyn Price – 9/4
  • Peter Wright – 9/2
  • Dimitri van den Bergh – 10/1
  • Gary Anderson – 10/1
  • Glen Durrant – 16/1
  • Jose De Sousa – 16/1
  • Nathan Aspinall – 20/1
  • Jonny Clayton – 28/1
  • Rob Cross – 40/1

QUICK GLANCE AT PREMIER LEAGUE DARTS 2021

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, to be confirmed thereafter

Dates: 5th of April – To be confirmed

Format: Best of 12, 19 and 21 legs

Current Champion: Glen Durrant

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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The Many Looks Of Peter Wright

Over the years, Darts has shown itself to be no stranger to some of sports biggest characters.

In fact, it has provided a safe haven for many of Britain’s zaniest and quirkiest sportsmen.

In earlier times, notable names from the game would include Jocky Wilson, Bobby ‘King of Bling’ George, Ted ‘The Count’ Hankey, Steve ‘The Muffin Man’ Hine or Andy ‘The Viking’ Fordham, who all held legitimate claims to be among darts biggest personas of their time.

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But in the modern era few are as eccentric than Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright.

The Snakebite character he has portrayed over the last decade has made him one of the most recognisable sportsman in the UK, even for a game such as Darts.

His dancing intros, jigged to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party,” and his themed mohawk and matching outfits have been delighting darts fans for years now and have helped to establish him as a firm fan favourite on the PDC circuit.

The birth of Peter Wright, the showman

But that’s not what he looked like we first met him back in 1995 so what’s with the reinvention?

Well, back in 1995, at the now defunct BDO World Darts Championship, we witnessed the unremarkable debut of a young Peter Wright.

No mohawk, no beard and no loud outfit, what we got instead was a young, clean shaven Peter dressed entirely in black with normal short black curly hair.

Losing at the Lakeside 3-1 in the first round to Richie Burnett, that was the last we saw of Peter Wright as he left the game of darts to return to labouring work and be forgotten about entirely. Or so we thought at the time.

Never letting go of the dream, and knowing full well the extent of his capabilities, he returned to the game, playing in the 2010 PDC World Championship at the Ally Pally with a new look and a new attitude.

He had a new character too. This was the first time we were introduced to Snakebite, named, many falsely believed, after his favourite drink. In fact, the player has since claimed that he simply has a love for snakes, and they were the inspiration for his new look.

In his own words, he did not want to be a typical European player, looking grumpy, playing and going home but instead wanted to find something different, a new stage persona which led to the outfits and the crazy hair, which he describes as warpaint.

The new look worked, and he famously made it all the way to the World Championship final in 2014 in his mid-40s, before becoming the oldest winner in the competition’s history when he finally took down the main prize aged 50 in 2020, at last putting to bed all of the “all hair, no flair” tags, made by those who claimed he was little more than style over substance.  

So, while we know his greatest achievements at the oche, what are his biggest triumphs in the clothing department?

Some Of Peter Snakebite Wright’s Most Memorable Looks

Comic Relief 

A bit of Red Nose Day fun at the oche on one Premier League night.

Halloween

A spooky night at the oche.

Valentines

Love was in the air for this Premier League night in 2017.

You Can’t Beat A Bit Of Bully

A fitting tribute to Jim Bowen, the host of ITV’s cult 1980’s gameshow, Bullseye.

Stateside

Living it up in Las Vegas in 2017.

A Land Down Under

Chucking in Sydney in 2014.

MacSnakebite

Peter returned to his Scottish roots for this look.

Remembering The Crafty Cockney

A salute to the much missed Eric Bristow.

A Festive Snakebite

Snakey dresses as an elf for the 2020 Worlds, a tourney he would go on to win.

How Snakebite Stole The Ally Pally

For the 2020 World Champs, Peter found a great way to incorporate his face mask into his Christmas outfit.

The 2021 Darts Premier League, which would normally be getting underway about now, has yet to receive new and confirmed dates for the 2021 renewal following the PDC’s postponement.

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2021 PDC Darts Masters Betting Tips And Predictions

2021 PDC Darts Masters Betting Tips And Predictions

After an almost month-long break, the PDC tour kicks off its new season this Friday when the 2021 Darts Masters gets underway the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

In a break from the norm, this year’s event has been expanded from its usual 16 player format to include a field of 24. Also this year, the Masters will provide the final opportunity for players to nab the 10th and final Premier League of Darts place.

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Peter Wright goes into the tournament as the defending champion, but it is Gerwyn Price who is the new world champion and also the new world number one, meaning this is the first time in seven years that Michael van Gerwen goes into a tournament ranked second in the world.

Odds for the PDC Darts Masters

Not that it has done anything for the odds. Mighty Mike begins this tourney as 5/2 favourite with bet365.

That said, this is probably the longest price we have seen on MVG in a long time. Given that he now plays with the pressure off, or at least dimmed, can he be expected to bounce back from his Ally Pally disappointment and claim this trophy for a sixth time? Yes, of course he can.

A win for the new world number one would see Gerwyn Price repeat what Peter Wright achieved this time last year and follow on the success in the World Championships by immediately taking down the Masters too. One thing is for sure, the Iceman won’t rest on his win at the worlds and has the sporting drive to push on and have another great year.

Not seeing anyone throw since the festive season, we have no idea about current form for any of the 24 competing darters, but it would, at first glance, seemingly come down to two things as to who wins this first new event of the season. Whether a stung Michael van Gerwen is looking for revenge or whether a buoyed Gerwyn Price is in invincible mode.

These two are quite a bit above everyone else right now after all so the answer to the above could unlock the next destination of the Masters trophy.

Gerwyn’s Price is 3/1 at bet365

These two, along with Rob Cross, James Wade, Nathan Aspinall, Dave Chisnall, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, will all wait out the first night and join in play during in Saturday’s second round.

This means that there are plenty of interesting match ups on day one and some potentially explosive games likely on day two.

Nathan Aspinall could face either Ian White or Mensur Suljovic, while Glen Durrant takes on Mervyn King for the chance to play Rob Cross in the second stage. Looking at Duzza’s post Premier League form, Mervyn King looks a good shout to run deep here and wont fear Cross right now should that play out.

Elsewhere, there are several players who must do well to stand a chance of getting that last Premier League spot. The potential eye-catcher in regards to the Premier League participation is the possible matchup between world number six Dave Chisnall and Daryl Gurney, should Superchin make it past Jeffrey de Zwaan in the first round.

Bet365 odds wise, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright is 7/1, which is half the value offered on Gary Anderson who may be inspired after making the final at the Alexandra Palace. Punters can get 16/1 on Dimitri van den Bergh should they be looking for it, while Nathan Aspinall is available at 16/1.

Bully Boy Michael Smith, who will surely be the most disappointed to miss out on a Premier League place, can be backed at 20/1. It’s the same price that’s being offered on Dave Chisnall, who so brilliantly dismissed MVG a little over a month ago.

PDC Darts Masters 2021

Friday January 29

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Ian White v Mensur Suljovic
  • Glen Durrant v Mervyn King
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chris Dobey
  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Simon Whitlock
  • Michael Smith v Adrian Lewis
  • Daryl Gurney v Jeffrey de Zwaan
  • Jose de Sousa v Jonny Clayton
  • Joe Cullen v Stephen Bunting

Saturday January 30

Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Rob Cross v Glenn Durrant or Mervyn King
  • James Wade v Dimitri Van den Bergh or Chris Dobey
  • Nathan Aspinall v Ian White or Mensur Suljovic
  • Dave Chisnall v Daryl Gurney or Jeffrey De Zwaan
  • Gary Anderson v Michael Smith or Adrian Lewis
  • Peter Wright v Krzysztof Ratajski or Simon Whitlock
  • Gerwyn Price v Joe Cullen or Stephen Bunting
  • Michael van Gerwen v Jose De Sousa or Jonny Clayton

Sunday February 1

Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)

  • Four Matches

Semi-Finals (Best of 21 legs)

  • Two Matches

Final (Best of 21 legs)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2

QUICK GLANCE AT 2021 DARTS MASTERS

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Dates: Jan 29 – Jan 31

Format: Best of 11, 19, 21 legs

Current Champion: Peter Wright

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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