Pete’s Darts Betting Tips
- In the Dimitri van den Bergh versus Michael Smith match, expect The Bully Boy to win and hit the most maximums which can be backed at bet365 with the boosted odds of 13/8 up from 6/4.
- When Nathan Aspinall steps out to play Chris Dobey in their quarter-final match, back The Asp to hit the most 180s and win the match with the enhanced odds of 11/4, boosted from 11/4 at bet365.
- Expect Michael van Gerwen to win and pin the most 180s in his match against Jonny Clayton which can be taken at the boosted odds of 6/5 from 21/20 at bet365.
- You can get 9/4 on Gerwyn Price beating bottom-of-the-table Peter Wright and hitting the most 180s, boosted from 2/1 with bet365.
The betting tips detailed here consist of lines that were current at the time of posting. Please check Bet365 for the latest betting lines.
A back-in-form Gerwyn Price absolutely smashed Michael van Gerwen 6-1 in the final of Week Eight of the Premier League of Darts at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle. In doing so the Welshman posted the highest Premier League average in six years and won his third night overall and second in succession.
The Iceman has taken to wearing local colours as often as he can in order to finally win over the fans and this week he was decked in the black of white of Newcastle United which seemed to work once again as he recorded a staggering average of 114.96 in the final compared to MVG’s 98.48, landed five of the six 180s in the game and pinned six out of his nine doubles to take home all five points plus a cheque for £10,000.
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Price also almost inflicted van Gerwen’s second whitewashing in as many weeks but narrowly missed a dart at tops for a 6-0 victory. This though only managed to merely delay the inevitable as The Green Machine clawed back one single leg leaving Price to cut MVG’s lead at the top of the table to seven points.
The Welshman started off the night by, for the second week in a row, brushing aside fellow countryman Jonny Clayton, this time by a 6-1 score line with an average of 94.55 compared to the Ferret’s 80.89. He then ended local hero Chris Dobey’s hopes of a dream night in front of his home crowd with a slightly more messy 6-4 victory.
While Price could only manage an average of 86.98 in that battle, around ten minutes later he would return to the oche to deliver his absolute A game and destroy Mighty Mike with the performance of the season so far.
Michael van Gerwen might have been unable to extend his lead at the top of the table, but he did manage wins to post wins over both Peter Wright and Nathan Aspinall which saw him seal a place in his fifth nightly final and claim a useful three points. The Dutchman hit a brilliant 150 checkout against rock-bottom Wright in Thursday’s opening quarter-final, before recording a ton-plus average in another whitewash win over Nathan Aspinall.
Earlier on in the evening, Chris Dobey had given the home fans a thrill with a spine-tingling walk-on against Michael Smith to the Newcastle United walk-out song Going Home by Mark Knopfler. This was before beating the world champion 6-4 which secured another valuable two points in his debut campaign.
Elsewhere, Aspinall finally put an end to his darting hoodoo against Dimitri van den Bergh, averaging 101 and landing seven 180s to come out on top in a dramatic last-leg decider. Van den Bergh missed a match dart at the bull in the closing stages of the match allowing Aspinall to capitalise on the Belgian’s misfortune and further cement his position in the top four as well as registering his first victory over The Dream Maker in 11 meetings.
This week the Premier League Darts roadshow rolls into Germany for Night Nine which will take place at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin. But what can we expect from the German capital?
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Michael Smith
We open things up in Berlin with a mid-table clash between Dimitri Van den Bergh and Michael Smith. Both players need the points, van den Bergh to climb closer to the top four, Smith to solidify his place in it. The Dream Maker from Belgium still hasn’t banked himself a nightly title whereas Smith won the evening in Glasgow on Night Three.
The Bully Boy has the second-highest average in the tournament behind Michael van Gerwen and has also chucked in more 180s than this week’s opening opponent. Smith has also taken five out of their last seven matches so has been priced up as the favourite with bet365 to come out on top once again.
The man from St Helens isn’t in the best of form right now, however, so if you are going to back him do so, but with caution. Van den Bergh is a dangerous opponent at the best of times though and could punish The Bully Boy if doesn’t bring his A game with him to Germany. If he does remember to pack it though, I expect Smith to win the first quarter-final of the evening.
Nathan Aspinall v Chris Dobey
These two last met in the first round on Night Six in Liverpool with Aspinall coming out on top in a 6-4 score line. They also met at the
UK Open Darts Masters in the last four, a match that Dobey won as he would go on to win the tournament outright.
Although he has improved of late, and has that Night One win under his belt, Dobey has had a disappointing Premier League campaign depending on how you look at it.
On the one hand, he has more than shown that he belongs to be among the top eight players and does not look in any way out of his depth. On the other hand, I’m sure he feels he could be doing better in his Premier League debut.
Aspinall has enjoyed a better season overall having picked up seven match wins compared to the debutant’s six. Dobey has the higher tournament average, while Aspinall has landed the second most 180s in the tournament. What we are saying is that these two are hard to split and this could be a really tight one with plenty of legs. We could be in for a maximum fest.
Jonny Clayton v Michael van Gerwen
A struggling Jonny Clayton throws first in match three against top-of-the-table Michael van Gerwen. Last year, Clayton won more night titles than anyone else but this year is one of the only four remaining players not to have banked a nightly win. Being in that club will be of concern to the Ferret who won this event in 2021.
Mighty Mike, the man who took Clayton’s Premier League of Darts title away from him in 2022, isn’t even playing especially well right now but still looks like the man to beat.
That being said, after he dished out a whitewashing to Nathan Aspinall, he nearly suffered the same fate himself to Gerwyn Price and was eliminated 6-0 the previous week by Chris Dobey which goes to show that the Dutchman can be got at.
While you can never write The Ferret off, it is hard to see anything other than a win for the Green Machine, potentially setting up a rematch against last week’s final conqueror Gerwyn Price.
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
Things don’t look like getting any easier for the luckless Peter Wright as, after being eliminated by Michael van Gerwen for the past three weeks, he faces off in the first round against a bang-in-form Gerwyn Price. Snakebite is propping up the table and has only banked one match win so far this Premier League season in what has been a dire campaign.
In contrast, Price has roared back into form and last week won his second successive night and third in total. He then followed that up by beating Dirk van Duijvenbode 8-7 in Sunday’s Interwetten European Darts Open final in Leverkusen to secure his seventh title on the European Tour.
This is all to say that everything looks like pointing to Peter Wright’s woes at the oche continuing. This is a short format match however and, in a race to six legs, Snakebite could and should be able to turn things around.
Throwing first, he does have the darts to win, I just don’t think he will. The Iceman is bidding to equal Michael van Gerwen’s three weeks in a row winning streak and could very well go on and do it.
Bet365 Darts Premier League Match Betting Odds Night Nine:
- Dimitri Van den Bergh (6/4) v (8/15) Michael Smith
- Nathan Aspinall (4/5) v (1/1) Chris Dobey
- Jonny Clayton (12/5) v (1/3) Michael van Gerwen
- Peter Wright (7/4) v (4/9) Gerwyn Price
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Night Nine Outright Night Winner Odds
- Michael van Gerwen @ 2/1 with bet365
- Gerwyn Price @ 4/1 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 9/2 with bet365
- Dimitri van den Bergh @ 17/2 with bet365
- Peter Wright @ 10/1 with bet365
- Nathan Aspinall @ 10/1 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 10/1 with bet365
- Chris Dobey @ 11/1 with bet365
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Outright Winner Odds
- Michael van Gerwen @ 5/4 with bet365
- Gerwyn Price @ 13/5 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 9/2 with bet365
- Nathan Aspinall @ 10/1 with bet365
- Dimitri van den Bergh @ 16/1 with bet365
- Chris Dobey @ 16/1 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 22/1 with bet365
- Peter Wright @ 40/1 with bet365
2023 Premier League Darts Table (after eight nights)
|Michael van Gerwen
|Dimitri van den Bergh
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
- Night 10 – Utilita Arena, Birmingham – Thursday April 6
- Night 11 – The Brighton Centre – Thursday April 13
- Night 12 – Rotterdam Ahoy – Thursday April 20
- Night 13 – First Direct Arena, Leeds – Thursday April 27
- Night 14 – AO Arena, Manchester – Thursday May 4
- 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 NINE
Venue: Mercedes Benz Arena, Berlin
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