Darts Masters 2022 Betting Tips And Predictions

Darts Masters 2022 Betting Tips And Predictions

Darts Masters Betting Tips And Predictions 2022

Jonny Clayton is the Masters champion (Picture: Chris Dean/PDC)

The PDC swings back into life this Friday as the 2022 Masters in Milton Keynes gets underway bring together the top 24 players in the PDC Order of Merit for a three-day tourney right before the Darts Premier League kicks off in Cardiff next Thursday.

The top eight darts players, who are all likely to receive their invites for next week’s event, will each get a bye in the first round.

The current champion is Jonny Clayton whose success here 12 months ago helped him to qualify for the Premier League of Darts, an event he would go on to win as he got his fantastic 2021 season off to a flying start.

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Year Of The Ferret

The Ferret’s Masters win made Clayton the fifth different winner in the nine years of this non-ranking event. Clayton now returns to retain his crown alongside fellow former Masters champions Peter Wright, James Wade and five-time champion Michael van Gerwen.

World number one Gerwyn Price will also be among the big names, aiming to get his hands on the trophy for the very first time when the tournament concludes on Sunday.

The Iceman failed to successfully defend his 2022 PDC World Championship title at the Ally Pally earlier in the month after he lost out to Michael Smith in the quarter-finals.

Price made the last four places here last year, his best Masters performance so far. That will be the minimum he will be expecting of himself this time around.

The 36-year-old lost here in 2021 to last year’s runner-up Mervyn King, who could provide Price with his first match should he overcome Ryan Searle on Friday.

That could lead him into direct conflict with fellow Welshman Clayton in what will certainly be a tough quarter-final match.

Price, who bet365 have priced up at 15/4, has won six of his last eight meetings with Clayton. If he does manage to overcome his compatriot in the last eight then he will win his quarter of the draw.

Bully Boy Can Be Backed For Maiden Win

The pre-tournament favourite according to bet365 is still Michael van Gerwen, despite only having won one PDC premier event in the last two years. 

Far more encouraging was the Ally Pally form of Michael Smith, who enjoyed a spectacular run to the final of this year’s PDC World Championship.

The roll call of his victims in North London includes Clayton, Price and James Wade and, on form, few players are better to watch when he is in his full speedy flow.

Sadly for Bully Boy, it was yet another near miss as his search for his maiden PDC major title continues.

He is getting closer, though, and despite being a PDC event runner up on five other occasions, his performance this year suggests that the 2013 World Youth Champion is closer than ever to making his breakthrough.

Add that to the fact that Smith made this final in 2020, where he lost to his World Championship conqueror Peter Wright, and it makes Bully Boy look like a good shout this weekend.

He also looks like he has a fairly favourable route to the semi-finals, where he could face either Clayton or Price, both of whom he has beaten on the most recent occasions.

bet365 have put a reasonable price of 8/1 on Smith to win his first televised tournament title and this darts betting tips believes he can do just that.

Resurgent Superchin

There were also signs that Daryl Gurney was coming back into darting form at the Alexandra Palace either side of Christmas.

Superchin has a chance to continue his resurgence on the oche by overcoming Joe Cullen in round one of the Masters.

The Northern Irishman only played two matches at the worlds but was impressive on both occasions, his singing notwithstanding.

Gurney can be backed at bet365 for 66/1.

Rob Cross, who was eventually the man who did in for Superchin, is also looking resurgent.

Voltage has been priced up in the bet365 sportsbook at 22/1.

Elsewhere, Nathan Aspinall has withdrawn from the competition through injury, while Danny Noppert is also out after testing positive.

Scottish Threat

Another player looking for their first-ever Masters win is Gary Anderson.

The two-time world champion, who got married this week, made a run to this year’s World Championship semi-final stage for the second time in as many years, proving to doubters that he is still more than capable of competing on darts’ biggest stages.

Anderson made the Masters final five years ago and has also reached the semi-finals on three other occasions, so he knows exactly what it takes to go deep in this tournament.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ will take on either Joe Cullen or Daryl Gurney in his opening match, while Mighty Michael Van Gerwen and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, who beat Anderson in the semi-finals of the worlds, are also both on the same side of the draw.

On paper, that looks like a bumpy route to the final, which is reflected in his bet365 darts betting odds of 20/1, but with his experience and previous successes, it will not worry him one bit.

Speaking of Peter Wright, whose daughter got married this week (note, not to Gary Anderson), the recently crowned world champion will take on one from Dirk van Duijvenbode or last-minute Asp replacement Simon Whitlock, both of whom will hold no fears for Snakebite.

The 2021 PDC Player of the Year is available at 9/2 with bet365 darts betting to win the 2022 Darts Masters outright.

The Scotsman, who won the two biggest PDC tournaments of the year in 2021, just pipped Jonny Clayton for the recently announced Player of the Year award which was announced today.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to BettingDarts.com for the 2022 Masters Darts results after the event is over.

The PDC 2021 Awards

PDC Player of the YearPeter Wright
PDPA Players’ Player of the YearJonny Clayton
Selco Fans’ Player of the YearJonny Clayton
Toyo Tires Televised Performance of the YearMichael Smith v Jonny Clayton – World Championship fourth round
ProTour Player of the YearGerwyn Price
Moneybarn Best NewcomerAlan Soutar
Unicorn Young Player of the YearRusty-Jake Rodriguez

2022 PDC Darts Masters Schedule

Friday January 28

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Gabriel Clemens
  • Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting
  • Ryan Searle v Mervyn King
  • Rob Cross v Brendan Dolan
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ian White
  • Joe Cullen v Daryl Gurney
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Simon Whitlock
  • Devon Petersen v Luke Humphries

Saturday January 29

Second round (best of 19 legs)

  • Jose de Sousa v Cross/Dolan
  • Gary Anderson v Cullen/Gurney
  • Michael Smith v Ratajski/Clemens
  • James Wade v Chisnall/Bunting
  • Jonny Clayton v Van den Bergh/White
  • Gerwyn Price v Searle/King
  • Peter Wright v Van Duijvenbode/Whitlock
  • Michael van Gerwen v Petersen/Humphries

Sunday January 30

  • 4 x Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
  • 2 X Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
  • Final (best of 21 legs)

QUICK GLANCE AT THE 2022 DARTS MASTERS

Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes 

Dates: 28 Jan – 30 Jan 2022

Format: Best of 11, 19 and 21 legs

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: 12:45, 19:00

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The PDC Darts Premier League Gets A New Format For 2022

The PDC Darts Premier League Gets A New Format For 2022

The PDC has announced the most radical shake-up of the format for the Darts Premier League in the event’s history.

The size of the playing field, the players of which are still unknown, has been reduced from ten darters down to eight while the 16 league nights will now be contested as individual mini-tournaments made up of quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final, with all matches played to the best of 11 legs.

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2022 Premier League of Darts Tournament Structure

New for 2022, every night of the PDC Premier League of Darts will feature eight players that will contest four quarter-final matches, with the winning four players progressing on to two semi-finals followed by a final to determine that week’s winner.

Each match will be played over a best-of-11 legs format.

Over the course of the competition, all players will play each of the other seven players twice.

Each time they will play in the quarter-final stage of that night’s mini tourney.

There will also be two additional nights that will feature extra fixtures, also best of 11 legs.

Ranking points will be awarded each night and applied to the Darts Premier League table.

After 16 nights, when all of the fixtures have been played, the top four players in the league table will progress to the play offs, which will be held the following week on the 26th of May at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle.

The ranking points that will decide the league table will be allocated as follows: five to the winner, three to the runner up and two each to both of the semi-finalists.

Judgement Night, traditionally week nine, has effectively been done away with. Over the 16 weeks, a draw will be formed for 14 nights, with an extra two nights, Night Eight and Night 16. Those nights will feature additional fixtures in the same format in a draw bracket based on the league table following Night Seven and Night 15, respectively.

Line Up Unknown

The lineup has yet to be announced, with the PDC likely to make their statement after next week’s Darts Masters event, as was the case in 2021 when Jonny Clayton’s victory meant that he was awarded the final spot in that year’s competition, an event he would also go on to win.

Darts fans can likely expect some of the world’s best darts players, including recently crowned World Champion Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, world number one Gerwyn ‘The Iceman’ Price, returning Darts Premier League champion Jonny Clayton and Michael van Gerwen. all to be included among the eight players competing for this year’s title. Other potential participants include James Wade, Dimitri van den Bergh, Gary Anderson and Ally Pally runner up Michael Smith.

In a statement, PDC chief executive Matt Porter said, “The Premier League has grown beyond recognition since first being introduced 17 years ago, but the time was right to introduce this ground-breaking new format.

“Our new format means that every match matters. Every night throughout the season has its own champion and will provide even greater value for fans attending and watching around the world, with seven games playing through to a conclusion to find a winner in each venue.

“There is also the wider race to be involved in the Play Offs and to challenge for the overall Premier League title and a share of the massive £1 million prize money.

“We’ve already seen great interest across the UK and Europe from fans looking forward to attending the Premier League live once again, and this year they’ll be experiencing more top-class darts than ever before in this event.”

Queen Of The Premier League of Darts?

Queen of the Palace Fallon Sherrock recently failed to earn her two-year PDC Tour Card at Q School, but there is still the possibility that she could get one of the eight Darts Premier League places, should the ruling body factor in her popularity among darts fans.

That is, at least, according to 2020 BDO World Darts Championship quarter-finalist Laura Turner.

While many believe it should be the top eight ranked players on the PDC Order of Merit, Matchroom Sport, the owners of the PDC and chairman Eddie Hearn did float the idea that Sherrock had a chance late last year.

When asked about Sherrock’s potential Premier League inclusion, Turner said, “Yeah, I’ve said it before, she’s got to be one of the most commercial assets within darts at the moment. She’s hot property, everyone wants to see Fallon play.”

That view is not shared, however, by two-time PDC World Championship winner John Part.

The Canadian, who also has a BDO World Championship win under his belt, believes she shouldn’t be included in the final line up because it wouldn’t fair to her, or the others involved, due to the unforgiving nature of the tournament.

Darth Maple said, “I think it would be hard to pick her with the current format. Certainly, she is capable of playing. But if I was Fallon or representing her, I probably wouldn’t want her to. I know from experience it is a gristmill. It’s not favourable to somebody’s confidence. Yes, it is challenging and a great experience in a lot of ways, but it can really bash you as well. Yes, it would be good in a lot of ways to have Fallon in it. I don’t think it would be good for Fallon. I’m not sure it’s fair to others.”

The Premier League has undergone a number of format changes in the previous 17 seasons since the tournament was first introduced in 2005.

When it started out, there were just seven players involved which were later stretched to eight and then 10 competitors.

In recent years, we have even seen the inclusion of one-night challengers.

The 2022 Darts Premier League gets underway on Thursday the 3rd of February at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, just days after the conclusion of the 2022 Darts Masters at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

In the coming weeks, we will bring you our darts betting tips as well as the latest bet365 darts betting odds for both events.

Darts Premier League Points

  • Night Winner – 5 points + £10,000 bonus
  • Runner-Up – 3 points
  • Semi-Finalists – 2 points

2022 Premier League of Darts Schedule

  • Night 1, Thursday February 3: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • Night 2, Thursday February 10: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • Night 3, Thursday February 17: SSE Arena, Belfast
  • Night 4, Thursday February 24: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
  • Night 5, Thursday March 3: Westpoint Exeter
  • Night 6, Thursday March 10: The Brighton Centre
  • Night 7, Thursday March 17: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
  • Night 8, Thursday March 24: Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam
  • Night 9, Thursday March 31: Utilita Arena Birmingham
  • Night 10, Thursday April 7: First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • Night 11, Thursday April 14: AO Arena, Manchester
  • Night 12, Thursday April 21: P&J Live, Aberdeen
  • Night 13, Thursday April 28: 3Arena, Dublin
  • Night 14, Thursday May 5: OVO Arena, Glasgow
  • Night 15, Thursday May 12: Utilita Arena, Sheffield
  • Night 16, Thursday May 19: The O2, London
  • Play-Offs, Thursday May 26: Utilita Arena Newcastle
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