Michael van Gerwen Makes Winning Start To Darts Premier League

Michael van Gerwen Makes Winning Start To Darts Premier League

MVG Darts Premier League

Michael van Gerwen put his early-season shaky form behind him to beat world champion Peter Wright 7-5 in a thriller of a World Championship rematch on Premier League opening night.

Wright followed his Ally Pally triumph by winning the season’s first tourney, The Darts Masters, last week and initially looked in good shape in front of the Aberdeen crowd. Snakebite raced into an early 2-0 lead thanks to a 14-darter and a 120 checkout but will rue not making it three after he missed a hat trick of darts at tops to let the world number one back into the game.

Wright repeated the trick in the fourth leg which proved to be the only invitation the Dutchman needed to get back on level terms. The game then went with throw as both players produced high-quality darts before Mighty Mike took out the remaining two legs to get his campaign off to a winning start.

A review of Night 1

In the night’s opener, debutant Glen Durrant got off to a winning start with a 7-3 victory over 2018 runner-up Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith. Duzza had been a part of the previous season’s league as one of the nine challengers but has this year been promoted to a full-time Premier League player. His one game last season also happened to be in Scotland when he lost to Daryl Gurney in Glasgow. There were no such problems this time around as he landed nine doubles while Smith, who lost in the Masters final a week ago, wasted five of his eight attempts.

The Flying Scotsman made his return to DPL action on Thursday after missing out a year ago. Much to the delight of the 7,000-strong crowd in Aberdeen, Gary Anderson managed to turnaround a potential defeat when he fought back from a 5-4 deficit against Daryl Gurney. Superchin was the subject of boos which seemed to work after he missed eight darts at a double plus later on another shot at tops for what would have been a point. These dropped shots allowed Anderson to level the match with a 13-darter before scooping the remaining legs also.

Another debutant took part in the night’s fourth fixture as Nathan Aspinall took on this week’s contender John ‘The Highlander’ Henderson, playing in front of his home crowd. This was a crowd that would leave disappointed, however, as The Asp ran out a 7-3 winner in front of 7,000 fans in Aberdeen. Last year, Henderson managed to bag himself a 6-6 draw with Michael van Gerwen but such a result – and payday – wasn’t to be this year as the UK Open champion was simply too good.

Gerwyn Price just about managed to salvage a draw from his 6-6 draw with Rob Cross. It was a match that never looked like it would get away from The Iceman as he landed three successive legs in just 39 darts, including a brilliant 124 checkout, to take a 4-2 lead. This preceded Voltage securing four legs on the trot including a 100 checkout in a 12-darter to go 6-4 up. The Grand Slam of Darts champion then forced and won a deciding leg to take a point.

Darts Premier League Night 2 Betting Tips

Thursday sees the second round of Premier League games, brought to you from the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham. Dubbed the Sherrock of Nottingham, Fallon Sherrock, who became the first woman to win a match at the PDC World Championships in December, will this week become the first female to play in the Darts Premier League, if only as a local challenger. As ever, the games will all be broadcast live on Sky Sports and the action gets underway from 19.00 GMT.

Durrant vs Aspinall

As we stand, the two new boys – Glen Durrant and Nathan Aspinall – are out in front, although with one match played each so far this isn’t saying much. The Asp is one of the first out on the night as he takes on Rob Cross who recorded an average of 100.10 during his 6-6 draw with Gerwyn Price in Aberdeen. Aspinall banked a decent win but only hit a low average of 89.19 which surely won’t be enough against Voltage.

He is capable but will definitely need to up his game against Cross who I believe will record his first win in the league this season.

Price vs Smith

Match two pits Gerwyn Price against Michael Smith in a match The Iceman will surely look on as a must-win. Price can be happy with the manner of his draw with Rob Cross a week ago, even if he probably should have won. Bully Boy, however, blew his chance against Glen Durrant and could be heading for two defeats in as many matches.

Anderson vs Wright

It’s an all Scots affair for match-three where Gary Anderson meets Peter Wright. Anderson already has a win under his belt after he critically dismissed Daryl Gurney. Wright, however, chucked his chance of a win away when he had MVG on the ropes a week ago.

Snakebite can at least take heart from winning five legs and actually outperformed Anderson in most of the key stats in Aberdeen, hitting the most 180s and having the highest checkout at 6.00, which is enough to tempt me to get behind the world champion this week too.

Sherrock vs Durrant

It’s time for Fallon Sherrock next in a match her opponent, Glen Durrant, admits he is dreading. Duzza should be expecting the crowd to back the underdog and so knows that the crowd will be against him but it shouldn’t impact his ability to take maximum points here.

Duzza should win but for Sherrock fans to find value, back Sherrock to once again produce the highest checkout, as she did in all three of her World Championship matches. For fans of the Queen of the Palace, such an outcome is worth 13/8 at Bet365.

Gurney vs van Gerwen

Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen close out the night in a match that it is hard to see the Dutchman losing. Gurney was off his game last week in his defeat to Anderson which is not the form you’re looking for with MVG incoming. Hope can be found in the fact that Mighty Mike lost both of his league matches with Gurney last season before knocking Superchin out in the semi-finals and much the same should be expected this week in Nottingham.

  • (13/8) Rob Cross (7/2) Nathan Aspinall (6/5)
  • (10/11) Gerwyn Price (7/2) Michael Smith (11/5)
  • (13/8) Gary Anderson (7/2) Peter Wright (6/5)
  • (3/10) Glen Durrant (13/2) Fallon Sherrock (13/2)
  • (11/2) Daryl Gurney (5/1) Michael van Gerwen (4/11)

QUICK GLANCE AT DARTS PREMIER LEAGUE NIGHT 2

Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

Dates: 13.02.2020

Format: Max of 12, best of 19, 21

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: (1900 GMT)

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Masters Darts 2020 Betting Tips

Masters Darts 2020 Betting Tips

2020 Darts Masters Betting Tips

With a month passing since Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright was crowned world champion, the players return this weekend for the 2020 Darts Masters, made up of the top 16 players on the PDC Order of Merit. Play takes place from January 31-February 2 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes and we now know the full draw and schedule for the event which will be broadcast live on ITV 4.

Michael van Gerwen, still the world’s number one, will be shooting for six in a row here as his customary way of opening the season. The five time defending champion banked an easy 11-5 win over James Wade in last year’s final but defeat in the final at the Ally Pally one month ago will only serve as extra motivation and, with a month off, the Dutchman will be fresh to take on all comers this weekend. Mighty Mike will take on the lowest-ranked player in the field, Wales’ Jonny Clayton in his opener and is an outright price of 11/10 at Betway.

World number two Gerwyn Price went into the World Championships as many people’s favourite, looking likely to provide the biggest threat to the tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen. Despite a very strong end to 2019, such a challenge at the Worlds wasn’t to be after being out-thought in the battle of the mind games that was the semi-final against Peter Wright. Similar to Wright, it will be interesting to see what 2020 holds for in store for The Iceman. It will clearly be a big year for him and this tourney represents the ideal opportunity to lay down an early-season marker. Despite a first round exit twelve months ago, a much deeper run is expected of him this time around. 11/2 is his quoted price at Betway.

World champion Peter Wright recently enjoyed by far the biggest moment of his career, so far at least, shaking off his perennial choker’s tag in the process when he won at the Alexandra Palace. What this all means is that he will enjoy a flood of bets of his success now as the pressure mounts on the Scot to carry on winning. It’s an interesting question to ponder, what the season ahead holds for Snakebite.

After all, last year was almost one his worst ever seasons but, in true Peter Wright style where nothing is straight forward, right on his last throw of the season, it ended being his best on record. Snakebite was a losing semi-finalist last time out here and prior to that a quarter-finalist four years in a row. On the back of his Ally Pally victory he has been installed as the third favourite at 6/1, again with Betway.

James Wade
is the only player in the line-up other than Michael van Gerwen who has been to more than one Masters final. After winning in 2014, he lost out in last year’s final to MVG and is considered to be a 33/1 shot to go one better this week. Anyone interested in Gary ‘The Flying Scotsman’ Anderson returning to the top of his sport in 2020 will be tempted by the 10/1 on him getting the new season off to a winnings start, just ahead of Rob Cross’ 12/1 which follows his disappointing World Championships.

Elsewhere, debutant Nathan Aspinall’s stock continues to rise following back to back semi-final appearances at the PDC World Championships. The Asp has even qualified for next month’s Darts Premier League and this could prove to be the breakout year for the 28-year-old who is rated as a 20/ shot with the online bookmaker Betway to win in Milton Keynes.

Friday February 1

First Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Michael Smith v Mensur Suljovic
  • Nathan Aspinall v James Wade
  • Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
  • Rob Cross v Adrian Lewis

Saturday February 2

First Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Daryl Gurney v Dave Chisnall
  • Gary Anderson v Ian White
  • Peter Wright v Joe Cullen
  • Gerwyn Price v Simon Whitlock

Sunday February 3

  • 4x Quarter-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
  • 2x Semi-Finals (Best of 21 legs)
  • Final Winner (Best of 21 legs)

QUICK GLANCE AT MASTER DARTS

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keyne
Dates: 31.01.2020 – 02.02.2020
Format: Best of 19, 21 legs
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: ITV 4
When To Watch: (1200, 1945 GMT)

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Michael van Gerwen Wins Players Championship Finals

Michael van Gerwen Wins Players Championship Finals

2020 World Championship Betting Preview

Michael van Gerwen collected yet another award at the weekend when he took down the Player Championships Finals in Minehead. He did so at the expense of Gerwyn Price, who had beaten MVG a week earlier when he successfully defended his Grand Slam of Darts title.

This time though it was The Iceman who felt the heat while once again playing like one of the very best players on the circuit right now. The absolute very best, however, is the Dutchman, who hit the year’s first and so far only televised nine-darter on Saturday, and who in the final came out on top 11-9 even if he only just narrowly avoided being dragged into a deciding leg.

The Dutchman wins another

Despite both players averaging under 100, the final was an entertaining affair, packed full of drama, in which the duo traded legs repeatedly. Oddly, the pair missed 17 darts at double between them before Van Gerwen eventually drew first blood on double two. From there, the game followed a routine pattern until Price led for the first time at 7-6 and later 8-7.

Mighty Mike then began to put the squeeze on proceedings and moved to 10-8 ahead before doubling his lead with double 12. One break later and The Iceman’s momentum looked like deserting him and he could only watch while MVG reeled off three consecutive legs in 15, 14 and 14 darts.

The Welshman fought back though, driven on by the fact that he has finally overcome his MVG hoodoo, and a classy 13-darter kept his hopes alive. These hopes disappeared, however, when Price narrowly missed out on double tops that would have taken the game to a decider but instead allowed the world champion back in to take his 51st individual career TV title and fourth in as many weeks.

Earlier on in the weekend, Mighty Mike had landed a stunning nine-darter against Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis, himself a two-time world champion. He followed this up by triumphing in a poor quality, bad-tempered quarter-final against Mervyn King in which MVG labeled The King as being bad for darts. Diamond Ian White finally made it past the quarter-final stage of a televised tourney only to run into MVG, who dismissed him in an 11-8 semi-final victory on his way to meet The Iceman.

Speaking of The Iceman, who continues to turn jeers into cheers, he met and overcame Mickey Mansell 6-3, whitewashing Keegan Brown before putting Mensur Suljovic away 10-4. He then moved on to Stephen Bunting (10-3) and Chris Dobey (11-8) before appearing in his third major final in four events.

PDC World Championships Darts 2020 Draw

Sunday’s win was the perfect preparation for Van Gerwen, his 14th title of the year so far, ahead of next month’s World Championships, where he’ll be bidding to land a fourth title on New Year’s Day. He is also one step closer to knowing who his first-round opponent will be after the draw for the Ally Pally was made this week.

This year, the Championships run from December 13 to January 1 and, as always, take place at London’s Alexandra Palace. Make no mistake, this festive event is the biggest event in darts featuring 96 players.

On New Year’s Day 2019, Michael van Gerwen beat Michael Smith 7-3 to win the Championships for the third time. Mighty Mike is unsurprisingly the favourite to retain his title and get his hands on the Sid Waddell Trophy once again. Judging on current form, Gerwyn Price looks to be his biggest threat but don’t ever rule out the likes of Peter Wright, Michael Smith or Rob Cross either. Full preview coming up soon.

Friday December 13

First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 4 x Matches

Saturday December 14

First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Sunday December 15

First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Monday December 16

First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Tuesday December 17

First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Wednesday December 18

First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Thursday December 19

First/Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 84 x Matches

Friday December 20

Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Saturday December 21

Second Round (Best of 5 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Sunday December 22

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 6 x Matches

Monday December 23

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Friday December 27

Third Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 8 x Matches

Saturday December 28

Fourth Round (Best of 7 sets)

  • 6 x Matches

Sunday December 29

Quarter-Finals (Best of 9 sets)

  • 4 x Quarter-Finals

Monday December 30

Semi-Finals (Best of 11 sets)

  • Semi-Final 1
  • Semi-Final 2

Wednesday January 1

Final (Best of 13 sets)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2
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