Michael van Gerwen Wins Darts Premier League For Third Time

World number one Michael van Gerwen was crowned the winner of the Darts Premier League for the third time in five years.

Darts Premier League finals

The conclusion of an epic evening at The O2 Arena saw the brilliant Dutchman gifted a get out of jail free card by a generous Peter Wright.

Final: Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright

Mighty Mike fought back from a 3-0 deficit and then a 7-2 deficit to steal an 11-10 victory over Wright, who once again dropped much-needed double shots – in this case a horribly frustrating six (six!) championship darts.

Heartbreak for Snakebite fans came in the 20th leg when Wright failed to land a double 16 before incredibly missing two more shots, then another three on his next visit.

Van Gerwen, who has now made the final of every Darts Premier League, is not the man you want to let back into a game. The Dutchman duly capitalised, taking full advantage and landing a double 10 before closing with a 12-darter to claim the £250,000 first prize.

Semi-final: Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson

Earlier on Thursday, we also watched the semi-finals play out. The first match of the day allowed MVG to despatch the twice World Champion Gary Anderson 10-7 courtesy of a pivotal MVG break of throw late on in the match.

Anderson had taken the opener, and the game remained a tight, tense match until van Gerwen’s decisive snatch in the sixteenth leg.

Semi-final: Phil Taylor vs Peter Wright

Elsewhere, the Darts Premier League said goodbye to crowd favourite (and the greatest darts player of all time) Phil “The Power” Taylor as he gave way to Peter Wright.

Both The Power and the crowd had been hoping the six-time winner could claim a seventh before retirement but Wright wasn’t reading from the script and eliminated Taylor in a 10-9 victory.

Wright had romped into a 4-0 lead before Taylor showed his true class to bring the game level, preceding a break of throw that sent The Power into an amazing 9-8 lead and within touching distance of a final spot. Sadly, though, it wasn’t to be as Taylor missed a match-winning dart to allow Wright to take the final place.

Darts betting tips for Dubai Masters

Both MVG and Wright will turn out again this Wednesday in the Dubai Masters where the former is an outright winner’s price of 4/6 across the board – but for which Wright is an intriguing best price of 5/1 with SkyBet.

Phil Taylor will also be making an appearance in the Middle East this week. Bet365 are offering 14/1 on an outright win for The Power.

Dave Chisnall, who will make his World Cup debut for England next week, is an overall price of 22/1 in the same sportsbook, while James Wade can be selected for an outsider’s price of 33/1.

Anderson, for those interested, can be picked up for a Dubai tournament win for 11/2 at Betway where you will also find Raymond van Barneveld at 25/1.

Dubai Masters schedule

Wednesday’s Dubai Masters order of play is as follows:

Peter Wright takes on Dave Chsinall before MVG meets RVB in an all-Dutch clash.

This preceds a match between Anderson and Taylor before James Wade meets Gerwyn Price, 80/1 at Betway, to close the night’s opening round.

More PDC tournaments in 2017

  • Betway World Cup of Darts – Frankfurt, June 1-4
  • World Matchplay – Blackpool, July 22-30
  • Champions League of Darts – Cardiff, September 16-17
  • World Grand Prix – Dublin, October 1-7
  • European Championship – Belgium October 26-29
  • World Series of Darts Finals – Glasgow, Nov 4-5
  • Grand Slam of Darts – Wolverhampton, Nov 11-19
  • PDC World Championship 2018 – Alexandra Palace
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Michael Van Gerwen Remains Unbeaten In Darts Premier League

Things are beginning to take their entirely predictable shape in the PDC Darts Premier League as we roll into Matchday 3 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds this Thursday.

Already, we have five unbeaten contenders (Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Phil Taylor, James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld), while on the flip side we have two players (Dave Chisnall and Jelle Klaasen) yet to record a point.

Last week’s villain of the piece was Barney who proved his own theory that he tires over back-to-back weekly games when he failed to dismiss Kim Huybrechts, shooting down our accumulator in the process. We really should listen more.

The 2014 Premier League champion managed a draw and so remains unbeaten, moving onto three points. Huybrechts had taken an early lead in the match, only to bow to Van Barneveld’s timeless class as the Belgian claimed his first point of the season.

After drawing with Van Gerwen on day one, Gary Anderson recorded his first win as he blasted past Jelle Klaasen in a 7-3 victory, while neither Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor or James ‘The Machine’ Wade had enough in the tank to better the other; the game ended honours even.

Last week we opted for Adrian Lewis over Chizzy which proved to be a winning darts bet as Jackpot landed his first win while Chizzy remains without a single point two weeks in. He remains our tip to miss the cut of all the big names.

Finally, Michael Van Gerwen looked to be on his way to a whitewash as he punished a Valentine’s day edition of Peter Wright, almost without reply. In a match that initially looked like it would take less time to complete than Snakebite’s entry dance, Mighty Mike zoomed into a 6-0 lead with what would have been only the eighth Wrightwash in DPL history.

Wright rallied just enough to register the following three sets before MVG crushed his rebellion with a 14-dart finish for a 7-3 win and moves onto three points.

Premier League Week 3: Darts Betting Tips

The Betway Premier League returns for Matchday 3 on Thursday, February 16 at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, with another five exciting ties, the pick of which has to be the clash between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld.

Such a tough one to call! Two old legends face off against each other, both dismissive of their own diminishing powers. Not ones to question their own ability, there is more than a little bit of mind games at play here.

However, the fact remains that these two, with one all but retired and the other playing only a skeleton programme, these are yesterday’s heroes. From what I have seen over recent weeks, I would edge towards the Dutchman who won the last time the titans met, back in the quarter-finals of this year’s World Championship but, unable to split the pair, I’m tipping a draw between these two.

The first match of the evening, starting at 19:20, is the all Scottish affair between Gary Anderson and Peter Wright. In another lifetime, Anderson would be the stand out tip for an event like the DPL but such is Van Gerwen’s domination, he is destined to spend the majority of his career as the Dutchman’s bridesmaid, despite having two world titles to his name. I mention this only as a way of saying that, while I maintain that Wright will win a televised tourney this year, I expect Anderson to have too much class, just as he did in the World Championship semi-final, six weeks ago.

Another tight one is the Lewis-Wade matchup which, this being darts, can come down to form or gut feeling and while I certainly can see a Lewis win here, both form and feeling have me leaning towards Wade. As far as sure things go, I think we can say with some security that Michael van Gerwen will dismiss his countryman Jelle Klaasen with relative ease, especially if the world number one is in the right mood which, given the bad blood between the two, he will be.

The last game of the night pairs Dave Chisnall and Kim Huybrechts. Although capable of great darts, Chizzy looked down on himself last week following a real downturn in throwing form. If he can get his head straight, then he is good value at 5/4 with Bet365 to record a win here but at the moment that looks an unlikely premise.

Huybrechts, on the other hand, ran James Wade all the way a week ago so form would have him the victor on Thursday. I’ll be kind to Chizzy and call this one a draw as he needs to collect a point at the very least if he is to avoid relegation – which has now come in dramatically to 13/8, again with Bet365.

Accumulator-wise, a straight line on Anderson, Wade and MVG, plus draws in the remaining two games, makes for 95.40 at Betway, while at SkyBet it is advisable to back Barney for qualification before he turns odds on.

Odds on, by the way, is all you can get on Van Gerwen for the outright, should you be wondering.

Matchday 3, Thursday 16 February 2017

  • Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
  • Adrian Lewis v James Wade
  • Phil Taylor v Raymond van Barneveld
  • Michael van Gerwen v Jelle Klaasen
  • Dave Chisnall v Kim Huybrechts
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Premier League Darts Rolls Into Nottingham

Wouldn’t you just know Michael Van Gerwen would pick last week’s match against Gary Anderson to take his clog off the pedal and settle for a draw. With it, he shot my down my accumulator that would have otherwise paid out nicely. Thanks, Mike.

Despite that result, last week’s opening night went largely according to plan. The expected elite, Mighty Mike and Anderson aside, all delivered as intended. Phil Taylor, Peter Wright, James Wade and Raymond Van Barneveld all came away with wins

Barney in particular was made to work hard for his victory, however, as he fought back from 4-1 down to shake off Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis in Newcastle. As mentioned, Van Gerwen failed to get his Premier League title defence off to a winning start but could cheer himself up knowing that he did manage to extend his unbeaten run in PDC competitions to 33 matches.

Six-time Premier League champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor began his last ever season as a wildcard pick and took little time to dispatch Dave Chisnall 7-3, while James Wade emerged the 7-5 victor in his opener against Kim Huybrechts. Earlier in the evening, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright was the night’s other winner having seen off Jelle Klaasen 7-4.

Premier League Darts Betting Tips

While last week’s opening night went (almost) as predicted, night two in Nottingham should also hold few surpirses, so long as you can pick wisely from certain games.

Lewis v ‘Chizzy’ opens the night and is one of the tighter games to call. Going on past results, I think Lewis should reclaim enough form at least to overcome Chisnall. The only other question mark surrounds the waning powers of the legend that is Phil Taylor and his opponent James Wade. True, ‘The Machine’ can throw a spanner in the works of The Power’s leaving party, but assuming he leaves the spanner at home and throws darts instead, I’m going to stay loyal to The Power, not quite ready to say goodbye just yet.

At Betway, an accumulator, from earliest start time onwards, picking the following wins (H, A, A, A, A) pays out 12.69 which is where I will be looking this week. Cue MVG Meltdown!

In terms of the overall tournament, last week’s results have done little to alter the prices on offer for the outrights, save for pushing ‘Jackpot’ Lewis out to 33/1 with SkyBet.

Let’s have a quick look at outright relegation instead then. Given the likelihood that Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts won’t make the last eight, the race is on to see who can finish bottom of the pile. Bet365 are laying 5/4 on the Belgian Huybrechts and 7/4 on Klaasen of the Netherlands.

If I were to pick a droppee from the big six, then I think the best darts betting tip might just be Dave Chisnall. While the odds are shorter on James Wade, ‘The Machine’, when on form, is an impressive chucker and tough opponent. On that point then, I’ll go with an unlikely outsider for an early prexiteer in Dave ‘Chizzy’ Chisnall, at a best price of 9/1 with Bet365 who are also offering 12s on Adrian Lewis missing the cut, following his defeat in round one, if only to make things interesting.

Matchday Two, Thursday February 9

Capital FM Arena, Nottingham: Sky Sports 1 (1900 GMT)

  • Adrian Lewis v Dave Chisnall
  • James Wade v Phil Taylor
  • Jelle Klaasen v Gary Anderson
  • Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
  • Kim Huybrechts v Raymond van Barneveld
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