Pete’s Darts Betting Tips
- In the night’s opening match, expect Michael Smith to beat Chris Dobey and hit the most 180s at the boosted bet365 darts betting odds of 6/4, up from 11/8.
- You can also get 6/4 on Michael van Gerwen to overcome Peter Wright and hit the most maximums, a price that bet365 have boosted from 7/5 to 6/4.
- In the match between Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton, there are the available enhanced odds of 6/5 that had previously been 11/10 on The Iceman to win and hit the most 180s at bet365.
- Nathan Aspinall to win and produce the highest checkout in his match against Dimitri van den Bergh has been boosted from 13/8 to 7/4 at bet365.
The 2023 Premier League of Darts has a new nightly winner after Nathan Aspinall brought an end to ending Gerwyn Price’s hot streak to win his first Premier League Darts night of the season. The Asp took home the Night 12 final which was held in the Rotterdam Ahoy Arena in the Dutch city.
Price had been a hot favourite to pick up his fifth-night win and was once again posting high averages taking his run of one hundred-plus successive averages in the DPL to seven with impressive wins over Michael Smith, who he beat 6-3, and Jonny Clayton, where he won 6-1, but he ultimately came up short in the final succumbing to a 6-4 defeat.
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The result does mean, however, that The Iceman bettered the points haul of Michael van Gerwen and in doing so replaces Mighty Mike at the top of the Premier League table.
In the first round quarter finals Aspinall had already silenced the noisy sell-out 11,000 home crowd where he kept his calm to defeat Michael van Gerwen 6-5 in a deciding leg before overcoming Dimitri van den Bergh 6-4 to reach his second final of this year’s campaign.
Come the final, The Asp struck first with a superb 124 combo before Price replied by taking out a 140 checkout in leg three to seize the momentum. However, Aspinall responded by claiming the next three legs to establish a 4-2 lead, brilliantly reeling off consecutive legs in 13, 13 and 12 darts respectively.
The Iceman soon reduced the arrears with a comfortable hold of throw in the seventh leg but The Asp was undeterred and moved to the brink of the night win after chucking in another 13-dart hold of throw before going on to seal the deal with a 71 check out in the tenth and final leg. In the final, The Iceman’s average dipped to just 88.52 compared to Aspinall’s 97, an area where he had previously been so strong.
Elsewhere, semi-finalists van den Bergh and Jonny Clayton left Rotterdam with two points each, thanks to quarter-final wins against Peter Wright and Chris Dobey respectively. Dimitri van den Bergh put an end to a run of four consecutive quarter final defeats with a 6-3 success over Peter Wright, which saw him leapfrog Dobey and move into sixth spot.
Darts Masters champion Chris Dobey lost 6-4 to a clinical Clayton in the evening’s opener, with the Welshman pinning three ton plus finishes and averaging close to 101 in a top quality display.
The Premier League of Darts now heads to Leeds’ First Direct Arena this Thursday, where league leader Price takes on Clayton in an all-Welsh affair on Night 13. We will also see MVG begin his bid for a fourth nightly win of 2023 against Snakebite, while Aspinall takes on Dimitri van den Bergh, and Michael Smith and Hollywood Chris Dobey lock horns in the evening’s opener.
Michael Smith v Chris Dobey
Michael Smith heads to Leeds sitting outside the top four in the league table and up against an opponent he hasn’t managed to beat this year in three attempts. That opponent is Chris Dobey who has seen his play off chances fade quickly following a run of four successive first-round defeats with his last victory in the Premier League coming against Smith in Newcastle on March 23.
Both players disappointed in their European Tour outings at the weekend while their most recent averages have been similarly decent without being spectacular. All the signs point to a close battle which should mean that we can expect plenty of 180s given how prolific they both are when it comes to landing maximums.
Both players win around 13% of legs with ton-plus checkouts so we could see potentially at least one or two 100+ checkouts as well. The Bully Boy is leading the way for 180s per leg in the Premier League of Darts this season while ten of his 13 ton+ checkouts have been scored at 20 or higher. Expect more of the same as the St Helens chucker look to bully his way back into play off contention.
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Poor old Peter Wright. Not only is he propping up the table right now following a dismal campaign so far having once again failed to pick up any points last week, but he now runs into Michael van Gerwen so he could very well suffer the exact same fate once more.
Snakebite has already suffered a pair of 6-1 defeats to this week’s opponent and also succumbed to yet another 6-1 mauling at the Austrian Open at the weekend. That spanking was dished out by local hero but fading star Mensur Suljovic who, despite the margin of victory, could only muster a lowly average of just 78.
Things are not looking good for Peter Wright right now and he has to be wary of taking on The Green Machine and I simply can’t see him making the semis this week. Mighty Mike did make the semis in Austria over the weekend, however, and he should be able to beat the Scot comfortably enough this week in Birmingham.
Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton
Although great mates, these two must be sick of the sight of each other as they seem to be meeting up on a weekly basis. At the very least, Jonny Clayton must be sick of the sight of his Welsh compatriot Gerwyn Price who has come out on top in all but one of those occasions.
The Iceman moved to the top of the table for the first time this year thanks to his run to a sixth final of the campaign last week, a run that included a 6-1 destruction of The Ferret. In doing so, Price leapfrogged Michael van Gerwen into top spot and at the same time became the first player in the tournament to reach the 30 point mark.
While still not quite a mathematical guarantee, this all but effectively secures a play off place for the first time in his career.
The 2021 World Champion is a winner of four weekly titles so far in this campaign and will be out to cement his position as Premier League leader. He opens up this week’s campaign against his World Cup teammate. Price has not lost a quarter-final fixture in any of his last six outings and has won three out of his four all-Welsh affairs in this year’s Premier League.
The Ferret, who won the Austrian Open European Tour title on Sunday, starts the night in the fourth spot after picking up back-to-back night wins in Weeks Nine and Ten and is looking to finish in the play off places for the third season in a row.
The 2021 DPL champion has Michael Smith leading the pack that is breathing down his neck and he will be well aware that any slip-up in Leeds could see him fall out of the top four with only a few weeks left to play.
Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Nathan Aspinall kicks off his bid to win back-to-back nightly wins with a battle against his former arch-nemesis Van den Bergh. The former UK Open champion had lost ten consecutive matches to van den Bergh prior to beating the Belgian in Newcastle last month.
Having overcome the hoo doo, The Asp then once again beat The Dream Maker when they met in Rotterdam a week ago.
That victory was a step on the way to Aspinall picking up his first weekly title of this year’s competition to strengthen his play off chances as he climbs from fifth to third in the league table.
Dimitri van den Bergh put an end to a run of four straight quarter-final exits in Rotterdam but nevertheless remains eight points adrift of the play off qualification spots and is in desperate need of a weekly title to stand any chance of being in contention.
The bet365 darts betting odds point to this being a close run contest between the two, with The Asp just slightly getting the nod which I think I agree with. Where Aspinall does look to have a slight edge, at least statistically, is when it comes to landing those maximums.
The Asp averages 180 every 3.2 legs in the Darts Premier League, while van den Bergh averages one every 3.7 legs, and those numbers are also being produced on the Pro Tour.
Bet365 Darts Premier League Match Betting Odds Night Thirteen
- Michael Smith (4/9) v (7/4)Chris Dobey
- Michael van Gerwen (2/5) v (2/1) Peter Wright
- Gerwyn Price (2/5) v (2/1) Jonny Clayton
- Nathan Aspinall (4/5) v (1/1) Dimitri Van den Bergh
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Night Thirteen Outright Night Winner Odds
- Gerwyn Price @ 2/1 with bet365
- Michael van Gerwen @ 5/2 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 7/2 with bet365
- Peter Wright @ 12/1 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 12/1 with bet365
- Nathan [email protected] 12/1 with bet365
- Chris Dobey @ 14/1 with bet365
- Dimitri van den Bergh @ 14/1 with bet365
2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Outright Winner Odds
- Gerwyn Price @ 6/4 with bet365
- Michael van Gerwen @ 13/8 with bet365
- Michael Smith @ 13/2 with bet365
- Jonny Clayton @ 15/2 with bet365
- Nathan Aspinall @ 17/2 with bet365
- Dimitri van den Bergh @ 50/1 with bet365
- Chris Dobey @ 66/1 with bet365
- Peter Wright @ 100/1 with bet365
2023 Premier League Darts Table (after twelve nights)
|Player||Nights Won||Games Won||Leg Difference||Points|
|Michael van Gerwen||3||17||+33||29|
|Dimitri van den Bergh||0||6||-9||9|
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
- 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 THIRTEEN
Venue: First Direct Arena, Leeds
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