Darts Premier League Final Four Decided In Aberdeen

Darts Premier League Final Four Decided In Aberdeen

Darts Premier League FInal Four Set 2018

Gary Anderson made sure of his place in the DPL playoffs by beating the current champion, Michael van Gerwen in a shock 7-5 victory last Thursday night in his hometown of Aberdeen. The DPL Playoffs will take place this week in London, after which we will know the winner of the 2018 Darts Premier League.

With his victory, Anderson came in third place in the table meaning he will avoid the Dutchman until at least the final. MVG, who topped the table, will instead play Rob Cross, who finished fourth having won his match. Anderson will play Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith in the night’s other semi-final.

Back to last week’s action with The Flying Scotsman already assured his place at the O2 before stepping up to the oche after Daryl Gurney had failed to beat Peter Wright by the 7-2 margin that he required in order to jump Anderson. Had Gurney achieved the feat, Anderson would have needed to avoid a 7-0 whitewash but instead got to enjoy a pressure-free game, shooting down the world number one with a superb performance in front of his home crowd. Aberdeen’s Anderson averaged 98 to MVG’s 100.4 as both players eased home. Landing a 112 to send himself 6-4 ahead, Anderson stood steady to put an end to an unwanted sequence of four successive defeats to the Dutchman.

An unwell Michael Smith claimed second spot following a 6-6 draw with Raymond van Barneveld. Barney hit three ton + checkouts in the opening six legs while Smith claimed one of his own with a 124 that sent him 3-2 ahead. Both chuckers also threw three 180s as they shared the legs and the points while treating the crowd to a brilliant match despite having nothing on the line to play for.

As mentioned, Daryl Gurney failed to get the victory he needed to stand any chance of reaching the play-offs after he also drew 6-6 in his match with Peter Wright. Despite leading 3-1 and 5-2 at various points of the match, Superchin couldn’t find his best form and take advantage of another Snakebite horror show on the doubles. Wright did eventually improve, winning four of the last five legs which allowed last year’s finalist to climb of the bottom of this year’s table, but his goose was already cooked long before this match. For Gurney, he can at least take consolation from the fact he only lost four matches throughout his maiden Premier League campaign and finished a very respectable fifth.

In a night of ties, Rob Cross and Simon Whitlock also drew 6-6 in a poor-quality match in which the world champion averaged just 89.31 over The Wizard, who averaged 88.38. Voltage also missed a massive 13 darts at the doubles but at least landed five 180s to show some kind of encouragement going into the London playoffs on May 17.

Final Premier League Darts Table

    1. MVG Pts 23
    1. Smith Pts 20
    1. Anderson Pts 19
    1. Cross Pts 19
    1. Gurney Pts 16
    1. Barney Pts 16
    1. Wright Pts 14
    1. Whitlock Pts 13
    1. Suljovic Pts 4
    1. Price Pts 2

Darts Premier League Play-Off Betting Tips

We are down to the final four with the semi-finals held at The O2 Arena in London. The action will getunderway from 19:00 (GMT) and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. The first match of the night is the semi-final between Michael van Gerwen and Rob Cross. MVG scored a league-high tally of 11x 120+ checkouts during this year’s run to the O2. He has also been utterly dominant against Cross, having won 10 of their 12 meetings, so I will more than fancy his chances in this first-to-10 legs semi-final. For the record, van Gerwen to win, hit a 120+ checkout and average over 100 and Cross to hit the most 180s is worth 11/2 with Betway.

The other semi-final is between Michael Smith and a reinvigorated Gary Anderson. It’s his return to form that makes me think that Anderson’s dominance over Smith will continue here. Anderson has, after all, won nine of their 12 meetings to date. The early season was filled with doubt while Anderson was hampered by a back injury when he last lost to Smith, blowing a 5-1 lead on the opening night. Since then, Anderson’s turn around has been nothing short of brilliant. Smith was unfancied at the start of the tourney and has done far better than expected to crash the top four.

That said, all but two of Smith’s 20 points this season were picked up against players outside of the top four and he has averaged north of 100 just once all season. But Anderson has played ruthless throughout and improved each week, hitting 18x 100+ checkouts and the second-most 180s (behind Daryl Gurney). Form like that should take him into yet another career final. For this reason, it’s worth taking advantage of this combo bet from Betway; Anderson to win, hit the most 180s and two 100+ checkouts and Smith to average under 100 for 6/1.

If the semi-finals go as expected that would make for an MVG vs Anderson final which, if last week’s result counts for anything, could potentially throw up a shock result. Mighty Mike lost to Anderson in the final match of the regular season last week, but beware — his victory at the Dutch Darts Masters over the weekend was his 11th title of the year and the 23rd successful final in succession, demonstrating that the Dutch maestro rarely disappoints when the stakes are high. These two are way ahead of the others when it comes to three-digit finishes, having thrown a minimum of two in a single game eight times between them.

Should they meet in a best-of-21 final as expected, another four in the match should prove no problem at all making it a sound wager at Betway that’s worth 14/1. Add value to your final bet with this beauty: van Gerwen and Anderson to reach the final, Van Gerwen to win, Anderson to hit the most 180s and over 3.5 100+ checkouts in the game now worth 14/1.

The final prices for an outright win with the online bookmakers Betway are as follows. Bully Boy was an 80/1 outsider for Premier League glory at the start of the season but is now showing at 2/1, while only Rob Cross is longer priced at 7/2. The super short favourite is obviously Michael van Gerwen at 1/5 just in from Gary Anderson’s 2/5.

(1/5) Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross (7/2)
(2/1) Michael Smith v Gary Anderson (2/5)

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Michael van Gerwen Takes Premier League Top Spot For Sixth Year In A Row

Michael van Gerwen Takes Premier League Top Spot For Sixth Year In A Row

Michael van Germen at the top of Premier League

Michael van Gerwen thrashed Rob Cross 7-2 to secure top spot in the Darts Premier League for the sixth year in a row. It was a repeat of the score line from the last time the pair met back in Dublin, the second meeting since December’s World Championship semi-final at the Alexandra Palace which Cross won. It was one-way traffic with MVG almost claiming a whitewash before Cross finally got on the board late on with a 15-darter. By then it was too late as Mighty Mike was already four legs ahead, a lead he simply doesn’t squander. The 29-year-old world number one finished things off with a bullseye finish for 86 and an average of 111.57 while hitting three 180s.

At the other end of the table, Peter Wright moved off the bottom thanks to a 7-4 victory over Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock. There was nothing for the pair to play for but pride as both had been eliminated from the play-offs in London later this month. No surprises that the darts were less than thrilling, with just a single 180 thrown between them. The 180 came by way of Whitlock whereas Wright’s highlight was nailing a 118 checkout. That was about as exciting as things got.

Daryl Gurney was forced to settle for a 6-6 draw against Michael Smith rather than the victory he was looking for in order to put pressure on Gary Anderson and Rob Cross in the race for semi-final positioning. Superchin played well enough in the main, scoring six 180s and average 98.82 as he fought back from 4-2 down to lead 5-4. His opponent Smith has already booked his place at the O2 and needed to hold throw in the last leg to tie the match, which he did by taking out 81 on the bull.

The result meant that Gurney required Raymond van Barneveld to beat Gary Anderson to stand any hope of making it through to London. Barney did indeed prevail 7-3 as Anderson suffered back-to-back defeats, having been shot down by Simon Whitlock last week. The Flying Scotsman only needs a couple of legs to qualify but will still be annoyed with himself for not getting things sorted sooner. Anderson is two points ahead of Daryl Gurney in fourth but will need to play better in his last match before Docklands, which just happens to be against the world number one Michael van Gerwen. Barney, who was leading 5-1, was already eliminated but will be buoyed by an improved performance in which he averaged over 100, hit three 180s and landed seven from 13 double attempts.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips

Welcome to Penultimate Night or Matchday 16 at the BHGE Arena in Aberdeen. Yes, we have made it to the last of the regular match night events and we now almost know the final four that will be doing battle in next weekend’s playoffs in London’s Docklands. As always, all the action will be broadcast live on Sky Sports from 7pm GMT.

This week opens with Michael Smith versus Raymond van Barneveld with one darter already through (Smith) and another (van Barneveld) already out. Smith is still yet to lose to an opponent outside of the top four this season, so he’s well worth sticking with to keep that run in motion. It’s also worth noting that he has won six of the last eight meetings between these two, which happens to include a whitewash in this year’s Premier League, which is why I’m backing Bully Boy this week. Smith to win, under 6.5 total 180s and under 1.5 100+ checkouts in the match, all for 11/2 with Betway.

Next out are Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright and Daryl Gurney. Gurney needs to win 7-2 or better here and hope that Anderson loses to MVG by a score line large enough to overturn the leg difference deficit which currently stands at 12. Gurney has won four of his last five matches against Wright, so should be expected to uphold his end of the scenario. Considering these two have drawn more often than anyone else in the league this year, including in their league meeting, it also stands a reasonable chance of ending 6-6 — so don’t rule out a tie or, if he feels like it, a Peter Wright win. I don’t see it though; Superchin all the way for me. Gurney to win or draw, hit the most 180s and two 100+ checkouts in the match for 5/1 has to be worth it.

The night’s third match is between Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. Chances are these two will meet again on May 17 in a 1st versus 3rd playoff, but for now its Anderson — on a run of back-to-back defeats — that needs to step up to guarantee his place. MVG won’t make it easy for him though. He hasn’t lost to Anderson in their seven meetings, and when Michael smells blood he usually goes in for the kill. The Flying Scotsman can draw heart from the crowd in his native Aberdeen, who will turn out to vehemently back their man even if his chances of a confidence-boosting result look slim. Get more value on Mighty Mike by picking Van Gerwen to win, average over 100 and hit a 120+ checkout worth 11/2 at Betway.

Finally, we have Rob ‘Voltage’ Cross taking on Simon ‘The Wizard’ Whitlock in a match where, like the opener, one is through and one is out. The qualified, Cross, is winless in his last four and lost 7-1 to this week’s opponent earlier on in the league season. However, that was back in week two and their fortunes have flipped entirely since then. Cross has hit more than three 180s in nine of his last 13 matches, and with a place in the play-offs already banked, he looks certain to head to the O2 on the back of a win over the eliminated Aussie. At Betway, you can back Cross to win, hit the most 180s and no 100+ checkout in the match for 100/30.

There is also this Betway boosted treble with odds powered up from 4/1 to 5/1; Smith, Cross and MVG all to win. Our line this week is Smith, Cross, Gurney and MVG, which pays 13.20 to the pound.

  • (7/5) Michael Smith v Raymond van Barneveld (7/5)
  • (5/1) Simon Whitlock v Rob Cross (2/5)
  • (13/10) Peter Wright v Daryl Gurney (6/4)
  • (4/7) Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson (7/2)
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Barney Beats Michael van Gerwen In Holland

Barney Beats Michael van Gerwen In Holland

Raymond van Barneveld beats MVG

Dutch fans in attendance in Rotterdam were treated by their two heroes — Raymond van Barneveld and Michael van Gerwen — going head to head in a match in which Barnveld delivered a surprising upset.

It was billed as the match of night and it didn’t disappoint as the two finest players the Netherlands has ever produced served up a classic in which Barney fought off a late comeback attempt from the world’s best player, Michael van Gerwen, to win 7-5. Barney, at one point 6-3 ahead, looked to have let victory slip through his fingers as Mighty Mike fought back to almost draw level, before Barney landed a treble 20 followed by double four for the win.

Oddly, this was van Gerwen’s second defeat in as many nights, made even weirder by the fact he was playing back in his homeland. This contrasted Barney, however, who was struggling for form prior to returning to The Netherlands but picked up maximum points over both days.

Matchnight 13 Recap

Michael Smith returned to winning ways with a 7-1 destruction of Simon Whitlock. Smith lost badly on Wednesday to Gary Anderson, but went above the Scot in the table a night later after he sent early league leader Whitlock packing. It was The Wizard who took the first leg when Smith missed two important darts, but Bully Boy took over soon after and reeled off seven legs in succession. The defeat for Whitlock means the Aussie is propping up the rest at the bottom of the table while Smith stays fourth and on target for a playoff place in London a month from now.

Two-time world champion Gary Anderson produced an imperious display against Daryl Gurney to win 7-3. Anderson, who one night earlier almost banked a nine-dart finish against Rob Cross, came close again on Thursday as he opened up with 177 and 180 before blowing it for the second night in a row. He didn’t blow the the match however, as he took out 88 to claim a 4-2 lead before hitting 13 and 11 dart legs, leaving one more for the win which came courtesy of a ruthlessly executed 92.

Peter Wright’s weird form continued as he dug deep to earn a 6-6 draw with Rob Cross. Only 24 hours earlier, Snakebite had surprisingly seen off Michael van Gerwen but was often struggling to hang in there in Thursday’s match against the World Champ. Cross took the lead early on, throwing triple 140s, before landing an 81 to give him a 12-dart opener. Voltage followed this by breaking Wright’s throw in leg two after fans were treated to the familiar site of Peter repeatedly missing important darts at double, in this case four. Before long, Cross was up 5-2, but Snakebite was determined to make a fight of it, winning the next three to draw level. Having fought back, Cross began to wobble, missing six darts at the double but somehow pulled ahead 6-5 ahead before Wright came back to claim a share of the points.

Daryl Gurney returned to the oche for the last of the night’s action needing to put his earlier defeat to Gary Anderson behind him. He did so in emphatic fashion as he beat Simon Whitlock 7-1, the Aussie’s second such reverse of the night. Gurney averaged just south of 100 and scored three maximums on his way to a comfortable victory.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips

Matchnight 14 takes place this Thursday at the Manchester Arena with all the action broadcast live on numerous Sky Sports channels from 1900 GMT.

Michael Smith has the opportunity to effectively eliminate many by closing off the top four this week should he pick up two points from his two matches. The first of these is the night’s opening game against Peter Wright, although increasingly erratic, should be in confident mood having taken three points off MVG and Rob Cross in Rotterdam. Michael had a tight grip on first but has now slipped down to fourth, but he remains three points ahead of Snakebite with a game in hand. Smith to win and shut out the others? Why not. Bet of the match: Smith to hit the most 180s, no 100+ checkout in the match and both players to average under 100 for 5/1.

Next up is Daryl Gurney and Michael van Gerwen in a match that looks unlikely to throw up any surprises. MVG is the other player playing twice this week and although pegged back slightly last week, two wins on the night would provide him with a cushion at the top of the table as we start to look forward to the play offs in London. Superchin stands a slight chance of making the top four himself, but I expect Mighty Mike to extinguish that here. Add to Michael’s value by jumping on van Gerwen to win by over 2.5 legs, hit a 120+ checkout and over 7.5 total 180s for 11/2 at Betway.

Simon Whitlock, who has an even more remote chance of progression than Gurney, is out next for his match against Gary Anderson, a near certainty for the O2. Like the previous match, this matchup looks unlikely to shock anyone — the Flying Scotsman all the way. For 11/4, I think it’s worth backing Anderson to win by over 2.5 legs, hit the most 180s and a 100+ checkout.

Barney enjoyed his time back in Holland last week, picking up maximum rewards for seeing off Simon Whitlock and Michael van Gerwen. He goes again here against Rob Cross, who also handled the Dutch experience well, taking three points from three games. Like Gary Anderson, Voltage is still in the running to get that number one spot, sitting just a point behind MVG. Raymond’s form last week looked more like a flash in the pan and proved he still had the class of old. Back in the UK, I think the young blood of the World Champion will win out. I’ll go with Cross to win, hit the most 180s and hit a 100+ checkout for 4/1.

The two Michaels finish off the night’s action, and assuming both win earlier on in the night, both will be in buoyant mood for the night’s finale. That said, MVG will be looking to bank his place on top of the pack and should dominate Smith, who is deserving of a place in the play-offs even if he loses out here. Betway continues to make things interesting by offering van Gerwen to win by over 3.5 legs, average over 100 and under 7.5 total 180s at 9/4.

The line on Smith, MVG, Anderson, Cross and MVG pays at a rate of 11.15/1, while Betway have also boosted the following treble to 5/1; Wright, Anderson and Cross to win.

  • (11/10) Peter Wright v Michael Smith (7/4)
  • (6/1) Daryl Gurney v Michael van Gerwen (30/100)
  • (6/1) Simon Whitlock v Gary Anderson (30/100)
  • (5/2) Raymond van Barneveld v Rob Cross (4/5)
  • (11/2) Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen (1/3)
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