Pete’s Darts Premier League Night 15 Betting Tips
- Get enhanced odds on Gerwyn Price winning against Nathan Aspinall and hitting the most 180s, was 7/5 now 6/4 at bet365.
- In match two, Chris Dobey beating Peter Wright and pining the most maximums has been boosted from 9/4 to 5/2 with bet365.
- In the battle of the Michaels, expect van Gerwen to win and score the highest checkout, available at the enhanced odds of 2/1 up from 15/8 at bet365.
- In his match against Dimitri van den Bergh, Jonny Clayton can be backed to win and hit the most 180s at the boosted odds of 3/1, up from 11/4 at bet365.
Michael Smith secured his place in Premier League of Darts play off places with a third nightly win of the season and second in a row as he defeated Jonny Clayton 6-3 in sensational style during Thursday’s Manchester final at the AO Arena.
The Bully Boy saw off local hero Nathan Aspinall in the first round before moving on to reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and Clayton to complete back-to-back Premier League night wins and seal a top-four finish in the process.
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After overcoming Aspinall 6-3 in their quarter final, he then landed six doubles from 11 attempts in a remarkable display to defeat Mighty Mike 6-4 in what was a repeat of January’s World Championship final.
Stunning Performance In The Final
The world number one then saved his best display of the night for the final where he narrowly missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish as well as landing five 180s in a stellar performance.
Welsh star Clayton took the lead early in the final after taking out 72 and 121 to establish a 2-1 scoreline, but then Smith really turned on the style in a mesmerising run that saw him reel off four legs on the spin to take command.
First, he missed double 12 to complete the nine-darter to take the fourth leg in just ten darts, before landing six perfect darts in the following leg for a 12-darter that moved him ahead.
The Bully Boy also took the next two legs on double ten to build a commanding 5-2 lead and, although The Ferret punished a missed match dart to strike back in the eighth leg, the St Helens man banked his second successive night win in the next leg on the double 13.
Smith finished the night with a season’s best average of 110.05 which had peaked at 121.47 at one point and helped to secure the five league points that crucially secured his play off place in London on May 25.
The Race To London
With three players having booked their place at O2 Arena, there is just the one play off spot left to fill, and only two players left to fill it, the favourite for which would be Jonny Clayton.
The Ferret’s run to the final lifted him back into the top four in the table, following wins against Peter Wright and Chris Dobey respectively. The only other play off contender is Nathan Aspinall who was shot down in the first round by The Bully Boy.
Elsewhere, Mighty Michael van Gerwen put an end to a run of five successive defeats against Gerwyn Price with an excellent 6-2 win in a high-quality quarter-final where both players averaged over 103 and the Dutchman landing six out of 10 of his doubles.
Quarter-final defeats for both Peter Wright and Dimitri van den Bergh saw their feint hopes of play off qualification officially extinguished after both of them relinquished a 2-0 lead before losing to Clayton and Chris Dobey respectively.
Despite nailing a second 170 checkout of the Premier League season Dobey is also now out of the running and will not reach the play offs in his debut season and now sits 10 points adrift of the top four with only two league nights remaining and Clayton and Aspinall meeting in what is likely to be a winner takes all match on Night 16 in Aberdeen.
The Premier League roadshow now rolls into Sheffield’s Utilita Arena on Thursday, May 11 for Night 15 of the league phase. Michael van Gerwen takes on Michael Smith in another repeat of the World Championship final, while Gerwyn Price takes on Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Chris Dobey and Peter Wright meet up in a match where both will be playing for pride. And money.
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall
With only two nights of the League phase remaining, Gerwyn Price is guaranteed to finish top of the Premier League table so long as he wins the night and Michael van Gerwen doesn’t make the final. The Iceman has booked his place at the O2 Arena which isn’t something that can be said for Nathan Aspinall. The Asp is, however, one of only two players still in with a chance of a play off spot.
A second-place finish in Sheffield would also be enough for Gezzy if Mighty Mike loses his quarter-final and Michael Smith fails to win the night, but in order to stand a chance of doing that Price will need to be up for yet another tussle with the Asp.
Four times the pair have met in the Premier League this season with each of them taking two wins. They also boast a legs aggregate score of 20-18 in Price’s favour and we can expect another close encounter even with the gulf in average stats.
The Iceman suffered a rare off day last time out in Manchester, exiting pointless after a 6-2 defeat to The Green Machine in last week’s quarter-finals but he has now served up 21 ton+ averages in his last 25 matches in all competitions.
Incredibly, he has only fallen below 100 three times in his last 16 matches and two of those were in the high 80s. Price still actually managed to win one of those which just so happened to be in a semi-final against Aspinall two weeks ago.
In contrast, The Asp has only exceeded 100 in two of his last twenty matches across all competitions and dropped in to the 80s four times. But stats count for very little in short format games such as in the Premier League of Darts, even more so when we’re talking about someone with the battling qualities of Nathan Aspinall who, arguably, has the bigger need for the points.
Chris Dobey v Peter Wright
The second match of the night is, technically, a dead rubber as neither player can make the play offs. However, there is still prize money and pride on the line. Former Darts Premier League champion Peter Wright will also be looking to avoid the embarrassment of becoming the first darter to take part in the new League format and go a full season without winning a single night.
Each of the eight players managed to win at least one night last season, but only Snakebite and Dimitri van den Bergh have failed to do so this year. The Scotsman has only managed to reach one final this year where he lost in Birmingham 6-5 to Jonny Clayton.
He really hasn’t had too much to shout about this entire calendar year and, dating all the way back to February, he has only managed two-ton-plus averages in 34 matches. Eleven of those came in under 90 too, one of which was in last week’s first-round defeat to Jonny Clayton.
Going into this match, Chris Dobey has three more points and two more match wins, however, the week one champion, who also reached a final in Nottingham back in March, has been by far the better player statistically than Wright so far this season.
Hollywood won their only other meeting this year which came on opening night and I feel he is good value to repeat the feat and make sure he doesn’t pick up the wooden spoon in his debut season.
Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
Michael Smith kept his slim chances of topping the Darts Premier League table alive with a vital victory over Michael van Gerwen in Manchester last week on his way to winning a second night in a row. This week the World Championship finalists meet up once again with both players hoping to keep within touching distance of league-leading Gerwyn Price.
We have reached the point of the league season where the maths come into play and if Price wins his match against Nathan Aspinall earlier in the night, then The Bully Boy needs to beat second-placed van Gerwen otherwise he will have to settle for a simple play off place. MVG however can take a hit and still top the table so long as The Iceman doesn’t make the final.
Again, there isn’t a great deal resting on this other than finishing positions but either way, it should make for a cracking contest between two players who are coming into red-hot form at just the right time.
The world number one has won all of his last six Premier League matches to put to bed any lingering concerns that he could miss out on the play offs. In last week’s final against Jonny Clayton he averaged a brilliant 110 and only just missed out on a nine darter.
Amazingly, Michael van Gerwen has failed to reach a final since finishing runner-up to Gerwyn Price in week eight. He did, however, get his revenge on the Welshman last week and averaged around 100 in his two matches in Manchester. That put him in the mood for the Belgian Darts Open at the weekend which he won to chalk up his first European Tour title since May 2022.
In three of his five matches he averaged over 100 and didn’t drop below 97 at all so he will be coming into this match with bags of his usual confidence. This is a tough one to call but expect plenty of top darting action and high scores.
Jonny Clayton v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton goes into Night 15 having clawed his way back into the play off spots thanks to a hard-fought run to his fourth final of the year last week before eventually finishing runner-up to Michael Smith.
All three of The Ferret’s final appearances, which includes two nightly wins, have come in the second half of the season so there can be little doubt that he has found an extra gear over the past couple of months.
The Austrian Darts Open title champion has averaged 100 in all three of his matches during the weekend’s European Tour events despite ultimately coming up just short to Dirk van Duijvenbode in the last eight so he will be confident of punishing Dimitri van den Bergh in the first round in Sheffield.
Similarly to Peter Wright, the Belgian is also looking at the possibility of going through the entire Darts Premier League season without picking up a nightly win and he hasn’t made it to a final since week three.
In his last 22 matches in all competitions, he has only posted two ton-plus averages while Clayton has achieved that 11 times over the same period. That being said, The Ferret’s overall DPL average is slightly under van den Bergh’s.
One particular area where Clayton has impressed in recent weeks is his ton plus finishing. The Welshman had only managed four 100+ checkouts in 15 matches by the end of March, since when he’s fired in 11 in just 46 legs. He’s also gone 120 or higher on nine occasions including five from 121 so could take another step towards play off qualification this week.
Bet365 Darts Premier League Match Betting Odds Night Fifteen:
- Gerwyn Price (2/5) v (2/1) Nathan Aspinall
- Chris Dobey (11/10) v (6/5) Peter Wright
- Michael van Gerwen (1/1) v (8/11) Michael Smith
- Jonny Clayton (8/13) v (13/10) Dimitri Van den Bergh
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Night Fifteen Outright Night Winner Odds
- Gerwyn Price @ 2/1 with bet365
- Michael van Gerwen @10/3 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 4/1 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 8/1 with bet365
- Nathan Aspinall@ 12/1 with bet365
- Chris Dobey @ 12/1 with bet365
- Peter Wright @ 12/1 with bet365
- Dimitri van den Bergh @ 14/1 with bet365
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Outright Winner Odds
- Gerwyn Price @ 7/4 with bet365
- Michael van Gerwen @ 15/8 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 3/1 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 15/2 with bet365
- Nathan Aspinall @ 14/1 with bet365
2023 Premier League Darts Table (after fourteen nights)
|Player||Nights Won||Games Won||Leg Difference||Points|
|Gerwyn Price (Q)||4||20||+36||33|
|Michael van Gerwen (Q)||3||18||+32||31|
|Michael Smith (Q)||3||17||+12||28|
|Dimitri van den Bergh||0||6||-15||11|
2023 Premier League Darts Schedule
- Night 1 – The SSE Arena, Belfast – Thursday February 2 (Winner: Chris Dobey)
- Night 2 – Cardiff International Arena – Thursday February 9 (Winner: Gerwyn Price)
- Night 3 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow – Thursday February 16 (Winner: Michael Smith)
- Night 4 – 3 Arena, Dublin – Thursday February 23 (Winner: Michael van Gerwen)
- Night 5 – Westpoint Arena, Exeter – Thursday March 2 (Winner: Michael van Gerwen)
- Night 6 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool – Thursday March 9 (Winner: Michael van Gerwen)
- Night 7 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – Thursday March 16 (Winner: Gerwyn Price)
- Night 8 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle – Thursday March 23 (Winner: Gerwyn Price)
- Night 9 – Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin – Thursday March 30 (Winner: Jonny Clayton)
- Night 10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham – Thursday April 6 (Winner: Jonny Clayton)
- Night 11 – The Brighton Centre, Brighton – Thursday April 13 (Winner: Gerwyn Price)
- Night 12 – Rotterdam Ahoy – Thursday April 20 (Winner: Nathan Aspinall)
- Night 13 – First Direct Arena, Leeds – Thursday April 27 (Winner: Michael Smith)
- Night 14 – AO Arena, Manchester – Thursday May 4 (Winner: Michael Smith)
- Night 15 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield – Thursday May 11
- Night 16 – P&J Live, Aberdeen – Thursday May 18
- Play Offs – The O2, London – Thursday May 25
QUICK GLANCE AT THE 2023 PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS NIGHT FIFTEEN
Venue: Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Dates: Thursday February 2nd – Thursday May 25
Format: Best of 11 legs (First to six)
Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen
Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event HD & Sky Sports Arena HD
When To Watch: 19:00 UK