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
|Player||Nights Won||Matches Won||Leg Difference||Points|
|Jonny Clayton (Q)||4||22||+28||37|
|Michael van Gerwen (Q)||3||19||+43||31|
|James Wade ** (Q)||2||15||0||25|
|Gerwyn Price* (E)||2||10||-11||18|
|Michael Smith (E)||0||9||-12||16|
|Gary Anderson (E)||1||5||-24||9|
*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
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