Darts Premier League Play Offs Betting Tips And Predictions 

Darts Premier League Play Offs Betting Tips And Predictions 

Michael Smith Darts Premier League Win

Pete’s DPL Betting Tips for Night 16

  • Jonny Clayton has thrown more 180s than any one else in this year’s Darts Premier League and I expect him to outscore Joe Cullen in the night’s opener at 6/4 with bet365.
  • Back James Wade to take his match with Michael van Gerwen all the way and get it over the line with a 10-9 win for 9/1 at bet365.
  • With a 10-9 score line, bettors can get 5/6 on there being over 16.5 total legs in the same match, again at bet365.

All of these betting lines were correct at the time the article was posted.

It may well be too little too late but, as we predicted last week, Michael Smith finally won a night in this year’s Premier League of Darts.

Bully Boy had been the last player to win a nightly title and at the very last attempt finally managed to bank a win which came in Newcastle at the at the expense of Jonny Clayton

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On the same night, Joe Cullen sealed his play-off spot ahead of Peter Wright meaning that the world’s number one and two won’t be in Berlin for the finals.

Smith entered into the final night of the league phase knowing that he had no chance of making it to Germany.

He had been a runner-up to both Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson earlier on in the campaign but finally got over the line after seeing off the table-topping Ferret 6-3 to break his duck.

Earlier in the night, the World Championship of Darts runner-up saw off Michael van Gerwen 6-4 before dismissing Gerwyn Price by six legs to three.

Bully Boy then produced an average of 98 in the final where he pinned six out of nine on his doubles and produced a match-winning checkout of 112.

Smith ended up in sixth place in the table, leapfrogging Gerwyn Price who endured a miserable campaign, and one place behind Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, who saw his play-off hopes dashed by tournament debutant Joe Cullen in a winner takes all quarter final clash.

Cullen finished the season in fourth place behind James Wade after losing to table topping Jonny Clayton in the semi-finals and the pair will now meet again in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin for the play-offs on June 13th.

In the other semi final, Mighty Michael Van Gerwen will meet James Wade in a best of 19 legs match, while the final will be played to the best of 21.

Jonny Clayton V Joe Cullen

Joe Cullen heads into this match looking to emulate what his opponent achieved one year ago when Jonny Clayton lifted the Darts Premier League trophy having qualified for the tournament after winning the Darts Masters.

The Rockstar became the fourth and final qualifier last week in Newcastle when he won in the first round against Peter Wright, ending the world number one’s hopes of getting to Berlin.

Cullen lost in his second match to Clayton a week ago and the Welshman has been the DPL’s outstanding player this term, making it to eight finals and winning four of them

The Ferret has also chucked in an incredible 87 180s, averaging 0.28 per leg over 308 legs.

In short, Cullen has his work cut out for him unless something drastic happens to the form of the Ferret over the next two weeks while the players head out to New York and Copenhagen respectively.

In all fairness, at the very least, Clayton deserves to reach the final and I would expect him to do so.

Michael van Gerwen V James Wade

The league’s other outstanding player this year was Michael van Gerwen and he steps out next against James Wade.

I can never work out why the bookies don’t seem to rate Wade as much as he surely deserves.

I really think the regular Machine has what it takes to see off the Green Machine in Berlin.

Mighty Mike has looked back to his best at times during this year’s campaign but has also had a number of first-round exits and put in some really sub-par performances as well.

The Machine on the other hand has ploughed on regardless, not exactly thrilling any one, but not losing either and I can see MVG struggling to shake him off here.

The Dutchman is of course the favourite to win the match, and the whole competition as well, but Wade wont go away without putting up a real fight and I expect he will make the most of any slip ups van Gerwen makes which could prove to be the difference.

Should the underdog make it to the final where I would expect Jonny Clayton to be waiting, we will have a real match on our hands.

In what will be an extremely tough contest, I would back Jonny Clayton to retain his Premier League of Darts crown. 

Pete’s Tips

BET365 DARTS BETTING PRICE

Jonny Clayton (4/9) v (7/4) Joe Cullen

Michael van Gerwen  (2/5) v (2/1) James Wade

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS OUTRIGHT WINNER BET365 DARTS BETTING ODDS

Michael van Gerwen – 11/8

Jonny Clayton – 13/8

Joe Cullen – 11/2

James Wade – 11/2

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS FINAL TABLE

PlayerNights WonMatches WonLeg DifferencePoints
Jonny Clayton (Q)424+2840
Michael van Gerwen (Q)319+4131
James Wade ** (Q)215-225
Joe Cullen214+724
Peter Wright112-1522
Michael Smith (E)112-421
Gerwyn Price* (E)211-1220
Gary Anderson (E)15-259

*Pulled out of Night Five with injury

**Pulled out of Night 14 with sickness

QUICK GLANCE AT THE PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS WEEK 16

Venue: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin

Dates:  13/06/2022

Format: Best of 19, 21 legs

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event HD & Sky Sports Action HD

When To Watch: 19:00 UK

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Darts Premier League Betting Tips And Predictions Night 16

Darts Premier League Betting Tips And Predictions Night 16

Darts Premier League Night 16

Pete’s DPL Betting Tips for Night 16

  • I like the look of bet365’s 4/1 on Peter Wright to overcome Joe Cullen 6-4 in the night’s most important match.
  • As the darter who has chucked in the most 180s in this year’s Premier League of Darts, we should be able to expect over 5.5 maximums in table-topping Jonny Clayton’s match against Gary Anderson, which has been priced up at 5/4 with bet365.
  • In the same match where top takes on bottom, bet365 has boosted a Jonny Clayton winning scoreline of 6-2 from 6/1 to 7/1 which is too good to turn down.

All of these betting lines were correct at the time the article was posted (3:30 PM UK time)

We now know who three of the final four 2022 Premier League of Darts play off finalists will be as Gerwyn Price became the latest player eliminated, leaving only Peter Wright and Joe Cullen in with a chance of bagging the final spot.

It was Cullen that won night 15 after winning in the final against Johnny Clayton, who himself is guaranteed to finish on top following another three points in the bag. 

In a thrilling final, The Rockstar beat Clayton 6-4 in which he was on top for much of the match before a 144 checkout from the Welshman looked like swinging the game.

Clayton was unable to lose Cullen, however, who held in there before seizing his chance when it came to him by hitting double eight for a 62 finish.

While Clayton banked the top spot by beating Michael Smith 6-4 in his semi-final, Michael van Gerwen cannot be caught in second place despite going out in the first round in a defeat to the Bully Boy.

As for Cullen, he made the final of night 15 following a brace of 6-1 wins over Scottish pair Gary Anderson and Peter Wright.

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The Premier League roadshow now moves on to Newcastle’s Utilita Arena for the final night of regular Darts Premier League phase action on Thursday May 26, with Wright and Cullen facing off in a winner-takes-all clash.

Jonny Clayton v Gary Anderson

Guaranteed top plays guaranteed bottom to open up the night’s action as Jonny Clayton faces off against Gary Anderson.

That was always the plan for the new format of the competition which, for the most part, has been a success.

However, it does mean that we have a few blank squibs — this is one of them. Other than prize money, these two don’t really have anything to play for.

The Ferret has enjoyed a fantastic campaign, but the same cannot be said for Anderson, who has only banked five wins, three of which came on the same night.

Whether The Flying Scotsman will want to put on a show in his last match of this year’s tournament remains to be seen, but the form is with the Welshman, who confirmed Gerwyn Price’s elimination last week in the quarter-finals.

Clayton has now hit more 180s than anyone this season with 87, which works out to be 0.28 per leg.

He has also pinned 21 ton plus checkouts which is more than enough to keep faith with The Ferret this week.

Joe Cullen v Peter Wright

This is the match of the night as the world number one attempts to try and survive in this year’s Darts Premier League.

As we stand, it’s Cullen that occupies the fourth spot and so has the chance to throw first.

The Rockstar has twice this year benefitted from byes following quarter-final opponent withdrawals, meaning he has only technically won five first-round matches.

While there is no reason to assume he would have lost one or both of those matches, against Gerwyn Price and James Wade respectively, there is a touch of good fortune about The Rockstar going into the final match of this year’s campaign in the fourth spot.

Cullen has the lowest average out of all eight darters with 92.05 compared to Wright’s third-placed 96.68, while his finishing percentage is also the worst with a strike rate of just 37%.

The Rockstar did look good one week ago winning all three matches to keep his hopes alive but was thrashed 6-1 by Rowby-John Rodriguez in a European Tour event over the weekend.

At the same time, Peter Wright hit Jonny Clayton for the same score line and a 103 average.

Snakebite then managed a 111 in a 6-1 quarter-final win over Danny Noppert.

Cullen has the darts, but Snakey has the form so I’m siding with the Scotsman to bank the final play off spot.

Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith

There’s another dead rubber in the night’s third match.

This is the fourth week running that Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith have played each other and the sixth time this season.

It was a case of too little too late last week as the Bully Boy finally broke his 2022 duck against Mighty Mike.

That, however, proved to be in vain as losing to Jonny Clayton in the next round meant that Smith cannot now make it to Rotterdam.

While MVG has been the dominant player and is already through to the play offs, there isn’t much between them when they play.

Smith is now only playing for pride, and he remains the only player not to win a night title.

Apart from running into The Green Machine six times out of 24 games this season, which includes three semi finals and a final, his other three final four matches all came against the player of the tournament, Jonny Clayton, so he hasn’t had it easy.

With all of the other important business taken care of we’ll back The Bully Boy for one last shot at ‘glory’.

James Wade v Gerwyn Price

Back in February when the 2022 Darts Premier League was just getting started, Gerwyn Price was the bet365 darts betting favourite at 11/4.

At the same time, bet365 had put a 20/1 mark on the head of James Wade.

As it turns out, it’s the Machine that will have it all to play for when the play offs get underway on Monday May the 13th and The Iceman won’t be there.

In hindsight, despite his average of 94.5 being among the lowest of the eight, the format turned out to be perfectly suited for Wade who is one of the hardest players to shake off and never gives up. 

He just hung on in there in a lot of his games and, as one of the best finishers on the circuit, simply picked off his rivals on a consistent basis throughout the campaign.

As for Gerwyn, he has enjoyed moments of bad luck during this year’s competition, missing a night through covid and breaking a hand.

The Iceman has only pinned two ton-plus averages in his past 14 Premier League of Darts games and they both came when he won his second night a fortnight ago in Sheffield.

Despite showing some true moments of brilliance, not least in Belfast where he blasted in a pair of nine darters on the same night, he has looked disinterested for the most part and I can’t see that changing here.

BET365 DARTS BETTING PRICE

Jonny Clayton (1/3) v (12/5) Gary Anderson

Joe Cullen (11/10) v (8/11) Peter Wright

Michael van Gerwen (4/9) v (7/4) Michael Smith 

James Wade (6/5) v (4/6) Gerwyn Price

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS WEEKLY WINNER NIGHT 16 BET365 DARTS BETTING ODDS

Jonny Clayton – 3/1

Michael van Gerwen – 3/1

Peter Wright – 9/2

Gerwyn Price – 5/1

Joe Cullen – 9/1

James Wade – 10/1

Michael Smith – 11/1

Gary Anderson – 22/1

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS OUTRIGHT WINNER BET365 DARTS BETTING ODDS

Michael van Gerwen – 13/8

Jonny Clayton – 9/4

James Wade – 9/2

Peter Wright – 11/2

Joe Cullen – 17/2

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS TABLE

PlayerNights WonMatches WonLeg DifferencePoints
Jonny Clayton (Q)422+2837
Michael van Gerwen (Q)319+4331
James Wade ** (Q)215025
Joe Cullen213+722
Peter Wright112-1322
Gerwyn Price* (E)210-1118
Michael Smith (E)09-1216
Gary Anderson (E)15-249

*Pulled out of Night Five with injury

**Pulled out of Night 14 with sickness

QUICK GLANCE AT THE PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS WEEK 16

Venue: Utilita Arena Newcastle

Dates:  26/05/2022

Format: Best of 11 legs (first to six)

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event HD & Sky Sports Action HD

When To Watch: 19:00 UK

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Darts Premier League Betting Tips And Predictions Night 15

Darts Premier League Betting Tips And Predictions Night 15

Gerwyn Price and MVG Darts Premier League

Pete’s DPL Betting Tips for Night 15

  • In his match against Gary Anderson, back Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith to win and pin the most 180s for 13/8 at bet365.
  • There should be plenty of maximums in the matchup between Jonny Clayton and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, so we’ll take the 5/6 on there being over 5.5 180s in the night’s fourth quarter final, offered at bet365.
  • I can see Michael van Gerwen making light work of the night’s opener against James Wade and fancy a 6-3 win for the Dutchman, a score line that he posted twice in three matches a week ago and comes with a price of 11/2 at bet365.

All of these betting lines were correct as of May 17th at 5 PM UK Time.

World number two Gerwyn Price gave his play off hopes a boost last Thursday night in Sheffield when he beat Michael van Gerwen in the final of night 14 of the 2022 Premier League of Darts.

The Iceman returned to form at the Utilita Arena where he recorded back-to-back ton plus averages to reach the final for the first time since night three in Belfast.

That night in Northern Ireland the Welshman pinned two nine darters and while he couldn’t quite produce the same heroics last week, he will be pleased to get his faint chances of a top-four finish going once again.

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The Welshman picks up a much-needed five league points to take him up to fifth and only two points behind fourth-place Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright who banked zero points in Sheffield after falling at the first against MVG.

Return Of The Iceman

At times, Van Gerwen held leads of 3-1 and 4-2 before missing four darts at double 12 for a 5-3 lead to let Price back in to the match who duly closed the gap to 4-4.

The match went all the way to the wire before The Iceman threw in a 14 dart leg to seal a crucial win.

Earlier on in the evening, Price opened up with a 6-4 quarter-final victory over Gary Anderson prior to seeing off the challenge of Joe Cullen 6-3 in the semi finals.

Mighty Mike added three more league points to his tally courtesy of victories over Peter Wright and Michael Smith to join Jonny Clayton in qualifying for the play offs.

Losing semi-finalists Joe Cullen, who for the second time this year got a bye in the first found due to an opponent’s withdrawal, and Michael Smith also banked two points apiece.

This week, with only two nights left to go, the Darts Premier League roadshow heads to The O2 in East London.

Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton

In what could possibly be the tie of the night, things get underway with an all Welsh affair between Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton.

Clayton has already secured his place in Rotterdam and is top of the league.

The Ferret is the defending champions and has been the outstanding player in this year’s event.

His World Cup winning partner on the other hand has disappointed in the tourney but did show signs of making a late bid for the top four after winning the night seven days ago.

The Iceman, then, has it all to play for which could make him dangerous given that the Clayton can effectively take it easy.

Of course he won’t – there are still points and money to play for – but this is a must win for Gezzy and, with the throw, he gets the nod this week.

Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen

Next up, are another two that don’t really have a lot to play for. 

Michael Smith remains the only darter in this year’s competition without a night win but, while it is still mathematically possible, isn’t really in with a chance of making it to the play offs.

On the other hand, Michael van Gerwen is already thinking of Rotterdam having booked his place in the top four last week.

With these two being two of the fastest dart throwers in the business, this is likely to be the most rapid game of the night but not one that I can see the Englishman winning.

Of the two Michaels, it is the Dutchman that’s preferred.

James Wade v Peter Wright

Having pulled out of last week’s event with a sickness, a recovered James Wade is due to play Peter Wright.

Both of these players are currently in the top four but neither are guaranteed a play off spot so both will be looking to bank points in London.

Gerwyn Price and Joe Cullen are breathing down the necks of this pair and they know it.

The Machine tops the double and check out success percentage and, providing he is over his sickness, he really should come out on top here against an out of sorts Snakebite.

Joe Cullen v Gary Anderson

The last match of the quarter final stage sees bottom of the table Gary Anderson take on Joe Cullen who still has hopes of a top four finish.

Anderson’s race is run, but don’t expect him to lay down for The Rockstar.

Anderson is bottom of the table but has improved over the last couple of weeks and could throw a spanner into Cullen’s aspirations.

This pair have the two lowest tournament averages out of everybody with The Flying Scotsman slightly ahead of The Rockstar, but Anderson has the experience and will want to go out with a bang and we expect him to.

BET365 DARTS BETTING PRICES

Gerwyn Price (10/11) v (10/11) Jonny Clayton

Michael Smith (6/4) v (8/15) Michael van Gerwen

James Wade (11/10) v (8/11) Peter Wright

Joe Cullen (8/13) v (13/10) Gary Anderson

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS WEEKLY WINNER NIGHT 15 BET365 DARTS BETTING 

ODDS

Michael van Gerwen – 10/3

Gerwyn Price – 4/1

Jonny Clayton – 4/1

Peter Wright – 6/1

James Wade – 7/1

Joe Cullen – 8/1

Michael Smith – 10/1

Gary Anderson – 14/1

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS OUTRIGHT WINNER BET365 DARTS BETTING ODDS

Michael van Gerwen – 15/8

Jonny Clayton – 12/5

Peter Wright – 5/1

Gerwyn Price – 11/2

James Wade – 6/1

Joe Cullen – 25/1

Michael Smith – 66/1

PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS TABLE

PlayerNights WonMatches WonLeg DifferencePoints
Jonny Clayton420+2534
Michael van Gerwen319+4431
James Wade215+325
Peter Wright111-1120
Gerwyn Price*210-818
Joe Cullen110-517
Michael Smith08-1114
Gary Anderson 15-199

*Pulled out of Night Five with injury

**Pulled out of Night 14 with sickness

QUICK GLANCE AT THE PREMIER LEAGUE OF DARTS WEEK 15

Venue: The O2, London

Dates:  19/05/2022

Format: Best of 11 legs (first to six)

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event HD & Sky Sports Action HD

When To Watch: 19:00 UK

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