Darts Premier League 2021 Betting Tips

Darts Premier League 2021 Betting Tips

Premier League Darts 2020: Dates, fixtures, line-up, results, table,  venues, tickets & TV schedule

It’s a big week in darts world as the 2021 renewal of the PDC Premier League Premier of Darts finally gets underway. What’s more, we’re fast-tracking the first nine-game nights, which are normally spread over nine weeks touring the UK and various overseas stops, and instead playing them out in two-week-long batches.

Unfortunately, there will still be no crowds present but, with over half the adult population of the UK having already received their first vaccinations and the nation slowly creaking out of the latest lockdown, there is hope that, come the playoffs at least, maybe we can get some crowds into venues.

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For now, though, Sky Sports is the place to watch this year’s event which had been due to begin at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on February 4 but will now be played in its entirety at the now extremely familiar Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Nothing has been announced regarding the dates and venue(s) of the second phase of the competition, but at least it’s a start.

What darts fans can expect for the Darts Premier League

As ever, the first stage of the competition will pit each of the 10 darters involved against each other across nine fixtures. Games remain the best of 12 legs and wins are worth two points with draws rewarding just one. 

By the end of those first nine nights, the bottom two players in the standings will be eliminated just as they would have been under normal conditions. 

Last year’s winner Glen Durrant is joined by world champion Gerwyn Price, Peter Wright, Rob Cross, Nathan Aspinall, Gary Anderson and Michael van Gerwen who all return from last year’s competition which leaves us with three new comers. These Premier League debutants are Jose de Sousa, Dimitri Van Den Bergh and Jonny Clayton.

Normally, when a player gives a bad performance they have a week to fix things but, with such a fast and furious schedule, this isn’t the case this year and players need to be in form five nights in a row. 

Of course, by the end of the second batch of games, which doesn’t begin until April the 19th, everyone will have played each other, but these first five nights could really prove crucial.

Perhaps this is why Michael van Gerwen, now no longer the world number one, is still a favourite at bet365 with a price of 9/4.

Mighty Mike gets his tournament underway in the last game of the night on Monday against Dimitri van den Bergh.  Should a player get off to good start, then momentum will be everything and I think MVG will see off DVDB with comparative ease.

The following night he takes on Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright before coming up against Rob Cross on Wednesday, by which point he could have sailed clear.

The big hitter lands on Thursday when he takes on Gerwyn Price, a 12/5 shot for the outright tourney win, and the world number one.

The Iceman, however, has a tougher opener taking on Gary Anderson on Monday in a repeat of the PDC World Championship final back in January. Playing Rob Cross in a game he will surely win on the Tuesday, Price then walks into a tough match against outside hopeful and 2020 runner-up, Nathan Aspinall.

The Asp is a fairly generous 20/1 to win the Darts Premier League, with only reigning champion Glen Durrant (20/1) and early elimination favourite Rob Cross (40/1 to win) deemed to be a less likely tournament winner.

To me, that seems harsh and an each way in the Asp might prove to be worthwhile.

Elsewhere, Peter Wright can be picked up for 5/1, but I wouldn’t be touching that. 

bet365 have stamped odds of 11/1 each on Jonny Clayton, Dimitri van den Bergh and Gary Anderson. Jose De Sousa is available for 16/1, but it really should come to the world’s best two and who has the kinder fixture list in week one. I think that’s MVG, and I think he could be clear at the top by Friday night.

If so, his odds on overall success in the 2021 Darts Premier League will only reduce sharply so it might be prudent to get on the Dutchman now.

2021 Darts Premier League First Nine Night Fixtures

Night 1 – Monday, 5th of April

  • Nathan Aspinall vs Glen Durrant
  • Rob Cross vs Jose de Sousa
  • Peter Wright vs Jonny Clayton
  • Gerwyn Price vs Gary Anderson
  • Michael van Gerwen vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 2 – Tuesday, 6th of April

  • Gary Anderson vs Jose de Sousa
  • Jonny Clayton vs Glen Durrant
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Nathan Aspinall
  • Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright
  • Gerwyn Price vs Rob Cross

Night 3 – Wednesday, 7th of April

  • Rob Cross vs Michael van Gerwen
  • Glen Durrant vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Peter Wright vs Gary Anderson
  • Nathan Aspinall vs Gerwyn Price
  • Jose de Sousa vs Jonny Clayton

Night 4 – Thursday, 8th of April

  • Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Peter Wright
  • Jonny Clayton vs Rob Cross
  • Jose de Sousa vs Nathan Aspinall
  • Gerwyn Price vs Michael van Gerwen
  • Gary Anderson vs Glen Durrant

Night 5 – Friday, 9th of April

  • Gary Anderson vs Jonny Clayton
  • Peter Wright vs Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen vs Nathan Aspinall
  • Gerwyn Price vs Glen Durrant
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Jose de Sousa

Night 6 – Monday, 19th of April

  • Rob Cross vs Gary Anderson
  • Jose de Sousa vs Gerwyn Price
  • Jonny Clayton vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Glen Durrant vs Michael van Gerwen
  • Nathan Aspinall vs Peter Wright

Night 7 – Tuesday, 20th of April

  • Glen Durrant vs Jose de Sousa
  • Rob Cross vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Nathan Aspinall vs Jonny Clayton
  • Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price
  • Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson

Night 8 – Wednesday, 21st of April

  • Rob Cross vs Nathan Aspinall
  • Gary Anderson vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Michael van Gerwen vs Jose de Sousa
  • Gerwyn Price vs Jonny Clayton
  • Peter Wright vs Glen Durrant

Judgement Night – Thursday, 22nd of April

  • Jonny Clayton vs Michael van Gerwen
  • Glen Durrant vs Rob Cross
  • Jose de Sousa vs Peter Wright
  • Nathan Aspinall vs Gary Anderson
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Gerwyn Price

QUICK GLANCE AT THE 2021 DARTS PREMIER LEAGUE

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Dates: April 5 – April 22

Format: Best of 12 legs

Current Champion: Glen Durrant

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Action

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Fallon Sherrock And Where Women’s Darts Goes Next

Fallon Sherrock And Where Women’s Darts Goes Next

The moment that second attempt at double 18 was pinned, history had been made.

That double meant that 25-year-old Fallon Sherrock from Milton Keynes had beaten Ted Evetts to become the first woman ever to win a match at the PDC World Darts Championship, in what was only their fourth year of participation.

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She wasn’t done there. In her next match, against world number 11 Mensur Suljović, a tournament seed, she pinned the bullseye to claim an even more impressive win.

Sherrock, one of two females in the 96 strong field, made international news and, it was hoped, opened the gate for many more women darters to compete on equal terms with the men in the future.

Her breakthrough moment and follow-up victory will also have helped the men’s game as more and more people sat up and took notice of the game, way beyond UK borders.

Darts was already growing in popularity but when Sherrock made international news, journalists came from all around the world to talk about her achievements at the Alexandra Palace that December.

She even got a Tweet from Tennis icon Billie Jean King and an Instagram post from Sarah Jessica-Parker.

This is not the sort of coverage darters are used to. As for Sherrock herself, only a matter of weeks prior to her life-changing moment, she had been a single mum with a mobile hairdressing side hustle while competing in the now-defunct BDO.

Now, her efforts on the PDC Circuit had seen her rewarded with guest status for that year’s Darts Premier League Nottingham stopover where she took on, and tied with, the eventual winner Glen Durrant, who admitted that it was the toughest game he has ever had to play in.

She was also set to take part in the World Series in the USA and Australia.

Sherrock momentum halts due to 2020 happenings

But 2020 was cruel. For global sports in general but it also meant that her impact, which had been truly groundbreaking at the time, had now been dimmed and women’s darts’ momentum stunted.

It had been hoped that her and Lisa Ashton’s PDC Tour progress would lead to change and that women could be seen to be able to compete on level terms with men on a much more regular basis.

Instead, at high risk due to her well documented battles with kidney disease, she found herself at more risk than most, forcing her to stay home and play online darts against Phil Taylor and even former Bayern Munich and Italy footballer Luca Toni.

As it turned out, that Darts Premier League appearance, for which she could not earn points, was really the last we saw of her on TV.

There were two women participants at last year’s renewal of the World Championships, both of whom were eliminated in the first round, but there was no female presence at the UK Open, Matchplay or any other ranking PDC event.

A PDC Women’s tour?

For there to be progression in the women’s game, surely the next logical step would be a PDC women’s tour with a few crossover events.

With Lisa Ashton, Mikuru Suzuki, Deta Hedman, Lorraine Winstanley, Anastasia Dobromyslova and Beau Greaves all raising awareness for the women’s game, it seems like the next move.

In August 2020, the PDC announced plans to move the women’s game on and introduce a Women’s Series mini-tour for which Ally Pally qualification would be up for grabs.

While Sherrock supports more televised female events and a fully-fledged Women’s Tour, it must be careful not to tread on the toes of any move towards genderless darts and the efforts for women to be viewed as darts players rather than female darts players.

Perhaps the answer is to help develop female talent in the short term through all-female events in the main, while introducing some women participants in televised majors for long term inclusion.

That at least would be a fitting legacy for the Queen Of The Palace’s World Championship achievements rather than merely making a decent pub quiz question ten years from now.

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UK Open 2021 Darts Betting Tips

UK Open 2021 Darts Betting Tips

The first televised PDC event since January’s Darts Masters gets underway this Friday as the players make their return to the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes for this year’s renewal of the UK Open.

Considered by many in the game to be the FA Cup of Darts, the UK Open runs from March 5 through 7 at the temporary venue, which will also host the first round of this year’s Darts Premier League, instead of its usual home at the Butlin’s Minehead Resort.

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The tourney carries its nickname due to the fact the players go unseeded and the format is a random draw, just like the football tournament.

We don’t currently have a great deal of recent results to draw betting inspiration from. Our past two tournaments have been one by Welsh World Cup winning duo Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton, who picked up the Masters a month ago and with it the final Premier League spot.

Reigning champion and now world number two Michael van Gerwen will be back to retain the crown he banked when he beat World Champion Price in the final a year ago.

It is likely that for rest of this year, and possibly well beyond, those two will be jostling for bragging rights. They will also be favoured pair for every tournament, but because of the open format, they could meet at any point this weekend rather than being seeded all the way to another final.

Fittingly as snooker welcomes back former great Stephen Hendry from retirement, the PDC will welcome back our own hero when Raymond van Barneveld makes his return at the Marshall. Barney gets a bye for round one and has been drawn against Alan Soutar in round two.

Players ranked in the world’s top 32 will join the competition in the fourth round and the draw will be made at the end of the previous round.

Despite losing his place at the top of the darting tree, Michael van Gerwen has been installed as the 4/1 favourite for the Open. Even though he hasn’t picked up silverware in a while, that still represents as good a value as we have seen on the Dutchman in quite some time and is definitely worth considering.

Similarly, world number one Gerwyn Price is a 5/1 shot, which given his form over the past season must surely be too good to turn down. Of course, decent prices on those two mean that there are superb odds to be sniffed out further down the line.

It’s hard to ignore the 33/1 offered at bet365 for 2019 champion Nathan Aspinall for example. Or the same price offered on James Wade, another former UK Open winner, is another one that catches the eye.

Elsewhere, Peter Wright can be backed at 9/1 and Dimitri van den Bergh is at 20s.

For the romantics out there, the returning Raymond is 60/1 as the 2021 PDC darts season finally begins to creek into motion.

QUICK GLANCE AT THE PDC UK OPEN 2021

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes

Dates: February 5 – February 7

Format: Best of 11, 19, 21 legs

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: (1245 and 1900 GMT)

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