Thursday 19th May. 7PM. Sky Sports 1
After 15 weeks of scintillating darts, the Premier League’s top four superstars head to London’s O2 Arena for what should be an incredible night of drama.
Just 21 legs separate the remaining players from the trophy. So will it be Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwin, Adrian Lewis or Gary Anderson?
We won’t have to wait long to find out. Let’s play darts!
Can King Anderson Retain The Crown?
Twelve months ago, the Flying Scotsman reigned supreme in London to clinch the second leg of an incredible year that was bookended by World Championship victories. Nobody is expecting him to retain this title too, but you certainly wouldn’t rule it out.
Last year, the 45-year-old demolished MVG in the final with an emphatic 11-7 victory. To reach that stage this time, he’ll have to defeat Taylor in the semi-final, which he has already failed to do twice in this year’s tournament.
Anderson has progressed as the tournament has rolled on, though. A three-dart average of 100.15 over the past 15 weeks is more than enough to push Taylor all the way. However, it’s the Power that will enter as the slight favourite.
This race to 10 will be frantic and could swing back and forth. The winner will fancy his chances of going all the way. But the other winning semi-finalist might have something to say about that.
Mighty Mike To Show His Quality?
The other semi-final pits Lewis against Van Gerwin and, while Jackpot has performed incredibly well to reach this stage, he’ll have to up his game to knock the Dutchman out. Quite frankly, MVG has been brilliant.
A return of 26 points saw MVG top the regular table. Over the course of those 15 weeks, he’s treated us to maximum checkouts, 62 180s and an incredible three-dart average of 107.93. If he performs anything like he did in that record breaking 123.4 against Michael Smith, it could be an early night for Lewis.
At his best, MVG is the man to beat, but Lewis shouldn’t be ruled out completely. The two-time Premier League winner is more than capable, especially if the favourite hits one of his blips. Nonetheless, Jackpot faces one hell of a monstrous task in London.
It should be another cracking semi. Whatever happens, the night’s headline event should be a classic too.
Premier League Darts Finals Night Betting
After getting back to winning ways with two winning selections last week, our overall profit heading into finals night is pretty impressive. With a bit of luck, these selections will see us end the tournament in fitting style.
We do expect MVG to reach the final, which means he could have 21 checkouts on the night. If that happens, he’ll almost certainly take out a couple of three-dart ones over the course of the night.
With this in mind, we’re backing him to register the night’s biggest checkout. Of course, all four players are capable in this market. But at 5/2, MVG is well worth a punt.
It’s set to be a thrilling night no matter what happens, and everyone inside the O2 will be praying for the magical nine-dart finish. With all four superstars looking for fireworks, it’s certainly possible.
Let’s face it; seeing a nine-darter would be truly magical. A 6/1 winner would simply be the icing on the cake.