2023 Premier League Darts Line Up And Night One Betting Tips

2023 Premier League Darts Line Up And Night One Betting Tips

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The 2023 Premier League of Darts lineup has been officially announced and as expected it includes the winner of this year’s Darts Masters tournament that reached its conclusion on Sunday night in Milton Keynes.

That man happens to be Chris Dobey who had a brilliant weekend and deservedly won his first-ever major televised PDC title. Beating a rejuvenated Rob Cross 11-7 in the final, the 32-year-old from Bedlington beat the former world champion having also knocked out world number 1 Michael Smith in the semi-final.

By far the biggest title of Dobey’s career so far, he will now be joining the other seven players selected for this year’s event.

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We already knew that the top four on the PDC Order of MeritMichael Smith, Peter Wright, Michael van Gerwen & Gerwyn Price – would be there. Following the conclusion of the Master’s tourney, the PDC have confirmed that the final three wildcard selections along with Dobey will be Jonny Clayton, Dimitri van den Bergh and Nathan Aspinall

World number five Luke Humphries will feel incredibly hard done by not being selected while Joe Cullen has already taken to social media to voice his unhappiness. Rob Cross, on the other hand, had already dismissed the tournament and its grueling four-month-long weekly schedule insisting he would rather stay at home with his family.

17 Nights Of Action

The Premier League Darts gets underway for the first of 17 nights of action beginning on Thursday night at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

The tournament will retain the same format that it successfully introduced in 2022, meaning all eight players will compete each Thursday night from February through May in a knock-out style format before the top four players from the final league table progress to the play offs.

The famous Belfast venue last year saw Gerwyn Price hit two nine-dart finishes on the same night and now stages the opening night for the first time. Other February cities include Cardiff, Glasgow and Dublin.

March begins in Exeter before Liverpool takes a turn hosting the event at the M&S Bank Arena which will now take place on March 9 to avoid clashing with the Eurovision Song Contest which will be held at the same arena. There will also be events in March held in Nottingham, Newcastle and Berlin.

Birmingham, Brighton, Rotterdam, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, and Aberdeen will all host events, before the top four players in the season-long league table standings will qualify for the play offs held at London’s O2 Arena on the 25th of May.

The Darts Premier League table itself is decided by a series of mini-tournaments made up of weekly best of 11 legs quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a final with the following points up for grabs each night:

Winner: 5 points

Runner Up: 3 points

Semi Finalists: 2 points

Bet365 Darts Premier League Betting Tips Night One: Belfast

Things get underway as Dimitri van den Bergh marks his Premier League of Darts return with a clash against 2021 champion Jonny Clayton which sees the world number 11 face off against the world number 7. It’s The Ferret from South Wales that boasts the better head-to-head between these two, winning three of the last five meetings between the pair. 

The Dream Maker from Belgium, on the other hand, was a surprise inclusion, especially given the omission of world number 5 Luke Humphries or world number 12 Joe Cullen, both of whom picked up title wins in 2022.

Dimitri lost 6-0 to Michael van Gerwen in their PDC World Championship semi-final last month and himself admitted that he was as surprised as anyone to be included in the Premier League eight. It is Clayton that is favoured to take the win in the first match of the night.

Dutch Revenge For Ally Pally Win

Next up, it’s the match of the night as the world number 1, Michael Smith, takes on Michael van Gerwen, the most successful darter still playing right now. Back at the Alexandra Palace just under a month ago, it was the Bully Boy who came out on top as he finally fulfilled his darting destiny and became world champion, even sinking a history-making nine-darter on the way. 

He then followed that up with a Bahrain Masters title by beating Gerwyn Price in the final but looked unconvincing at last week’s Darts Masters where he was dismissed 11-7 by Chris Dobey.

Mighty Mike wasn’t exactly in top form himself and lost out to Rob Cross but, purely because he still knows how to win when playing badly, we are still backing the Dutch darts master to get the job done and get revenge for his PDC World Championship defeat.

Snakebite To See Off Debutant

The night’s third quarter-final sees Peter Wright take on Chris Dobey, the latter of whom will be making his Premier League debut. The pair have only met twice on previous occasions with Snakebite coming out on top both times.

Two-time World Champion Wright is currently ranked second in the world behind Smith, whereas Dobey is the world number 2. Of course, this means nothing on the night and Dobey should be on a real high having joined the ranks of the major winners less than a week ago.

At the Masters, Wright was knocked out by Cross in the semi-final stage but overall, he did impress in the tournament, beating Dave Chisnall and Clayton and his experience should shine through and allow him to make it three wins out of three against Hollywood.

In Belfast, Wright has the darts against newcomer Chris Dobey in the quarter-finals, and would also be throwing first against either Nathan Aspinall or Gerwyn Price, before playing whoever emerges from the top half, possibly Michael van Gerwen, in the final.

Fitter Price To Freeze The Asp

Last up is a match against Nathan Aspinall and Gerwyn Price. The Iceman took to his social media channels to declare himself feeling much better this week than he did seven days ago in Milton Keynes where sickness may or may not have been the reason behind his shock elimination at the hands of the Aubergenius that is Dirk van Duijvenbode in the Round of 16.

And although he didn’t enjoy the best of PDC World Championships either — even coming out to play with ear defenders on– he was looking much sharper at the recent Bahrain Masters last month.

It was here that he reached the final before repeating the feat in Copenhagen. The Asp, on the other hand, has lost three of his last four matches at the Masters, the PDC World Championships and the Players Championship respectively so backing the Welshman to win just makes sense.

MVG To Defend His Crown

As for the outright winner, a lot can change between now and May. Given MVG’s overall consistency, which cannot be said for Peter Wright, Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith, you would have to favour six-time winner and the defending champion Michael van Gerwen. 

As an “outsider” I think a case can be made for 2021 Premier League champion Jonny Clayton. Not only is he a former winner, but the Ferret topped the table 12 months ago.

It seems a long time ago, but neither Smith, Wright, Price nor the Iceman has ever once finished in the top four.

Clayton seemed to enjoy the new format last year going on to win four times during the season and at 9/1 with bet365 is definitely worth a punt.

Bet365 Darts Premier League Betting Odds Night One: Belfast

  • Dimitri Van den Bergh (11/10) v (8/11) Jonny Clayton at 19:15
  • Michael Smith (6/5) v (4/6) Michael van Gerwen at 19:45
  • Peter Wright (4/9) v (7/4) Chris Dobey at 22:15
  • Nathan Aspinall (6/4) v (8/15) Gerwyn Price at 20:45

Pete’s Darts Betting Tips

Dimitri van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton – Jonny Clayton to Win @ 8/11 with bet365

Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen – Van Gerwen to Win & Pin the Most 180s @ was 3/1 now boosted to 10/3 with bet365

Peter Wright v Chris Dobey – Wright to Win @ 4/9 with bet365

Nathan Aspinall v Gerwyn Price – Price to Win @ 8/15 at bet365

2023 bet365 Premier League Darts Outright Odds

  • Michael van Gerwen @ 9/4 with bet365
  • Michael Smith @ 10/3 bet365
  • Gerwyn Price @ 4/1 with bet365
  • Peter Wright @ 5/1 with bet365
  • Jonny Clayton @ 9/1 with bet365
  • Nathan Aspinall @ 14/1 with bet365
  • Dimitri van den Bergh @ 14/1 with bet365
  • Chris Dobey @ 22/1 with bet365

2023 Premier League Darts Schedule

  • Night 1 – The SSE Arena, Belfast – Thursday February 2
  • Night 2 – Cardiff International Arena – Thursday February 9
  • Night 3 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow – Thursday February 16
  • Night 4 – 3Arena, Dublin – Thursday February 23
  • Night 5 – Westpoint Exeter – Thursday March 2
  • Night 6 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool – Thursday March 9
  • Night 7 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – Thursday March 16
  • Night 8 – Utilita Arena, Newcastle – Thursday March 23
  • 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 ONE

Venue: The SSE Arena, Belfast

Dates: Thursday February 2nd

Format: Best of 11 legs

Current Champion: Michael van Gerwen

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