Pete’s Darts Betting Tips
- In his match against Peter Wright, back Jonny Clayton to win and land the most 180s at the boosted odds of 13/5, up from 12/5 at bet365.
- In the night’s second match, bet365 is offering enhanced odds on Chris Dobey winning his match against Dimitri van den Bergh and scoring the game’s highest checkout.
- Michael Smith to win his match against Nathan Aspinall and pin the most maximums has been boosted from 6/4 to 13/18 at bet365.
- In the top of the table clash between Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen, expect The Iceman to come out on top and pin the most 180s which has been boosted from 11/5 to 5/2 with bet365.
Michael Smith picked up his second nightly win in this year’s Darts Premier League on Thursday in Leeds and in doing so catapulted himself up into third place in the table to reignite his play off hopes. The Bully Boy did so by beating Chris Dobey, Peter Wright and Gerwyn Price respectively on Night 13.
Smith had fallen out of the play off places for the first time since Night Two after his defeat to The Iceman in the first round in Rotterdam a fortnight ago, but this time enjoyed a fine 6-4 success at the First Direct Arena against the league leader who once again played some mesmerising darts in his run to yet another final.
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The World Champion eased effortlessly into his fifth weekly final of the campaign in typical style, dropping only three legs in overcoming Dobey and Wright. In his quarter-final demolition of Dobey Smith averaged 105 and landed five 180s while threatening to throw a nine-darter on numerous occasions before wrapping up a 6-1 win.
The Bully Boy’s next target was Peter Wright who lost 6-2 in the semis. In the match, Smith smashed home another five 180s and booked his place in the final with a spectacular 164 checkout. That set up the showdown everyone wanted to see against table-topping Gerwyn Price, a man who had bettered Smith in their previous two meetings.
Bully Boy Versus The Iceman
Smith though would avoid a third straight defeat against the Welshman and produced a stellar display to win his second night. The world number one broke the Price throw immediately, firing in legs of 13 and 11 darts to race into a 2-0 lead.
Price halved the deficit with a 12 dart hold of throw in the third leg, but Smith re-established his two-leg buffer with successive holds in West Yorkshire.
The Iceman then conjured up an effortless 148 combo on tops to bring things back to 4-3 before Smith rounded off 13 and 14 dart legs to bank a much-needed five points. The results of Night 13 mean that Price has extended his lead at the top of the table with wins over Jonny Clayton and Nathan Aspinall.
The Iceman reached his seventh nightly final of 2023 to move four points clear of Michael van Gerwen in second spot. The 38-year-old was in a punishing mood in his all-Welsh quarter against Clayton, averaging close to 111 to chalk up a 6-2 win, a score line that sees The Ferret drop out of the top four places.
The Iceman continued his charge by exacting his revenge on Nathan Aspinall for last week’s final defeat.
Two Points Each
The other two members of the last four, Peter Wright and Aspinall both leave West Yorkshire with two points each thanks to victories over Michael van Gerwen and Dimitri Van den Bergh respectively. Snakebite produced what was arguably his best performance of the season so far to see off Mighty Mike 6-3 in their last eight clash reeling off three successive legs to bring an end to his four-match losing streak against the Dutchman.
Elsewhere, Night 12 winner Aspinall continued his revival in form against Dimitri van den Bergh for the second week running having lifted his hoo doo against The Dream Maker. The Asp crashed in four maximums and also converted a brace of ton-plus finishes to turn out the 6-4 winner.
Next up it’s Manchester’s AO Arena for Night 14 of the Darts Premier League. League leader Gerwyn Price takes on reigning champion Michael van Gerwen in a battle of the league’s top two, while play off contenders Michael Smith and Nathan Aspinall go head to head in a vital clash.
Jonny Clayton will kick off his bid for a third nightly win of the year against Peter Wright, while Hollywood Chris Dobey and Dimitri van den Bergh will also meet at the oche.
Winner’s Nationality Bet
With the top two all but assured to be present in London it really is a case now of three players – Michael Smith, Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton – competing for the last two play off places. And while you can pick up 50/1 at bet365 on any other nationality winning the tournament outright there are really only three potential winning nationalities. With the potential for two Englishmen, two Welshmen and a Dutchman, these are the only ones worth betting on.
Your bet365 darts betting odds on the 2023 Premier League of Darts outright winner’s nationality are as follows: Welsh 23/20, Dutch 7/4 and English 13/5. With only one Dutchman in the competition, the odds on the other two, depending on who makes it out of Smith, Aspinall and Clayton make better sense I feel.
Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton
There really isn’t much evidence to suggest Peter Wright wins the last three remaining Premier League nights and even if he miraculously does he would still be highly unlikely to make it to the play offs. Snakebite did manage to pick up a shock victory over Michael van Gerwen in last week’s quarter finals with an average of 97 but then proceeded to follow that up with an 80.41 in a 6-2 defeat to Michael Smith.
The Scotsman didn’t fare much better over the weekend’s European Tour event either where the same inconsistencies were on display again, averaging 102.71 in a 6-4 win over The Bully Boy in the last 16 only to then be destroyed 6-1 by eventual champion Dave Chisnall in the quarter-finals.
Incredibly for a two-time world champion, that 102 was Wright’s only second-ton plus average in his last 32 matches so he really needs to find his form if he is to get back to challenging for the major titles again.
A far more reliable performer right now is Jonny Clayton who has eight 100+ averages in his last 15 games in all competitions. That includes a European Tour title, but his Premier League chances look slim having dropped out of the top four last week.
He remains within touching distance of the play off places however and a decent run could propel him back into contention for a place at London’s O2 Arena in a few weeks’ time.
The Ferret is currently fifth in the table and is in this week’s weaker side of the draw and after overcoming Snakebite he will surely be fancying his chances of reaching the final where he could play Gerwyn Price for the sixth time this DPL season.
Chris Dobey v Dimitri Van den Bergh
In a tournament that has a lot of repeat fixtures, incredibly Chris Dobey and Dimitri Van den Bergh have only met each other once in this year’s Darts Premier League and only twice overall in 2023.
With any luck these two will produce the sort of quality that we saw in their previous match in this competition where they both averaged 104 in a 6-3 win for the Belgian.
They both need to win the night title to be in with any chance of getting into the play offs so points and not entertainment will be their main aim. Dobey hasn’t picked up any points whatsoever in any of the last five weeks while van den Bergh has just the victory in the last six weeks.
There were signs of some slight hope for The Dream Maker away from the Premier League after he banked a couple of 105 averages on the European Tour at the weekend.
That being said, one of those came in 6-1 defeat to Ryan Searle. He also pinned eight 180s in the 16 legs he played over both matches so if he is beginning to find his range again he could be a threat.
Michael Smith v Nathan Aspinall
Last week’s winner Michael Smith looks like he has discovered some Premier League of Darts form at just the right time but, as one of the three stars fighting it out for the final two play of places, the pressure is still on ahead of his crunch meeting with Nathan Aspinall, another player still in with a top four chance.
After a little wobble halfway through the campaign, The Bully Boy has made it to three of the last five nightly finals, winning his second-night last week.
This week’s opponent, Aspinall, hasn’t been playing too shabby either after picking up his first nightly win in Rotterdam a fortnight ago. The Asp chalked up another couple of points last week in Leeds as well to hang onto the last remaining play off spot for now at least.
Smith is four points ahead of fifth-placed Jonny Clayton and Aspinall is three ahead meaning that if the Ferret beats Peter Wright earlier in the evening, as is highly likely, then this match is going to be much tenser than maybe it normally would be with everything to play for.
The edge goes to the world champion as he is showing more consistency of late with three-ton plus averages in his last five games in all competitions this past week while The Asp’s best over the same time frame is 98 which isn’t particularly poor, but he has also slumped into the high 80s on two occasions.
The Bully Boy also posted another 14 maximums last Thursday night to bring his 180 per leg ratio up to 0.37, the highest in the competition, so if he finds a similar range again then he can shoot down The Asp.
Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen
It is a sign of how well he is playing right now that Gerwyn Price goes into his game against Michael van Gerwen as the bet365 darts betting odds on favourite. This top-of-the-table clash has all the hallmarks of a classic in the making.
This is their sixth in this season’s Premier League and their ninth in 2023 overall, and it’s a fixture that rarely disappoints, especially now that Price has levelled out against the Dutchman, if not overtaken him.
The Iceman has won three of their previous five in this competition and he is also looking for a successive win over his arch-rival in all competitions having beaten Mighty Mike on more than one occasion in European Tour events over the past two months, including the International Darts Open final at the beginning of last month.
It now seems crazy to think that the Welshman needed 19 attempts to eventually break his duck against MVG, a win that came back in the 2019 Grand Slam of Darts semi-finals and since then he’s won 13 of their 24 matches.
Not only are there only four points separating them at the top of the table with Price on top, but their seasonal average is basically identical. However, when we are talking about recent form and performance levels, Price, who has hit five more 180s than any other player in the tournament, is streets ahead.
The Iceman has now produced 20 100+ averages in his last 24 matches across all competitions which is phenomenal, and he has only dropped below 100 three times in his last 15 matches. Two of those were in the high 80s and he still managed to win one of those games including last week’s semi-final win over Nathan Aspinall.
In contrast, The Green Machine has only managed the one-ton plus average in his last 10 games and was well off his game in Leeds last week when he was shocked by Peter Wright in the first round. All of the signs point to a win for Price even if it is it’s unlikely to be as one-sided as the 6-1 hammering that was dished out by Price earlier in the season. This will probably be more like the other seven meetings so far this season and be a close run thing.
Bet365 Darts Premier League Match Betting Odds Night Fourteen:
- Peter Wright (6/5) v (4/6) Jonny Clayton
- Chris Dobey (1/1) v (4/5) Dimitri Van den Bergh
- Michael Smith (8/13) v (13/10) Nathan Aspinall
- Gerwyn Price (4/5) v (1/1) Michael van Gerwen
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Night Fourteen Outright Night Winner Odds
- Gerwyn Price @ 12/5 with bet365
- Michael van Gerwen @11/4 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 5/1 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 15/2 with bet365
- Dimitri van den Bergh @ 10/1 with bet365
- Nathan Aspinall@ 11/1 with bet365
- Peter Wright @ 12/1 with bet365
- Chris Dobey @ 12/1 with bet365
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Outright Winner Odds
- Gerwyn Price @ 13/8 with bet365
- Michael van Gerwen @ 7/4 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 9/2 with bet365
- Nathan Aspinall @ 8/1 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 9/1 with bet365
- Dimitri van den Bergh @ 100/1 with bet365
- Peter Wright @ 100/1 with bet365
- Chris Dobey @ 125/1 with bet365
2023 Premier League Darts Table (after fourteen 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 (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
- 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 FOURTEEN
Venue: AO Arena, Manchester
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