Phil Taylor Reaches Darts Premier League London Finals

After more than three months of top darts action, we have whittled the field down to the final four for this year’s Betway Darts Premier League.

We now know the not-so-surprising names of the players who will step out at London’s O2 Arena this Thursday and compete for the 2017 Darts Premier League title.

Darts Premier League: the last step to the final

Of course, world number one “Mighty” Michael van Gerwen heads to London having topped the table following a victory over world number two Gary Anderson, himself a qualifier, albeit in fourth place.

Anderson’s countryman Peter Wright, one place lower in the world rankings, heads into the semis as League runner-up, while the old master and six-time champion Phil “The Power” Taylor makes up the numbers as the third-place qualifier.

Phil Taylor vs Adrian Lewis

In his retirement year, Taylor made sure of a London spot, his twelfth in thirteen years, following his dismissal of fellow Englishman and Stoke local, Adrian Lewis 7-5.

It might have been different, with “The Power” finding himself 5-3 down to “Jackpot” early on. However, the old veteran was relaxed enough to claim four legs on the spin and bring the game back under his own control to condemn his rival to bottom spot.

Dave Chisnall vs James Wade

In truth, there was no pressure left on Taylor by the time he stepped up to the oche after fifth-placed Dave Chisnall failed to get the victory he needed against James Wade in the night’s opener, claiming only a disappointing tie instead.

Michael van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson

The battle between the world’s top two saw Michael van Gerwen defeat Gary Anderson, playing in front of a home crowd, 7-4. While Mike had assured qualification prior to a dart being chucked this week, he did require victory in order to bag league leader’s bonus of £25,000 for the fifth successive year.

It was a victory that was never really in doubt as the Dutchman averaged 103.56 and hit four 180s on his way to a thrilling 124 checkout on the bullseye, after which he played in cruise mode, damage very much done.

Peter Wright vs Raymond van Barneveld

The night’s biggest winning margin was chalked up Peter “Snakebite” Wright who put a tiring Raymond van Barneveld to bed 7-1. Averaging 97.27, Wright showed a deadliness that can sometimes go missing from his game as Barney consigned himself to another one of those weeks.

Darts Premier League Final Betting Tips

Now that we have reached the end of the tourney, it’s hard to look away from Mighty Mike, collector of almost every PDC trophy last year.

Even when he’s off form you need guts to bet against the imperious Dutch master. That said, sport is nothing without surprises and Peter Wright has posted some impressive recent results against the champion, not least a whitewash in the European Darts Grand Prix in Sindelfingen two weeks ago.

The semis line up in order of qualifier seedings, meaning MVG meets Gary “The Flying Scotsman” Anderson before Peter Wright and Phil Taylor square off in the second match of the night.

A double on MVG and Wright to win at Bet365 returns almost evens and as such is very enticing.

The latest outright betting sees a best price of 1/2 on MVG which you can claim at Betway, who are also currently posting the best price on Peter Wright too at a reasonable 9/2.

Over at SkyBet, Gary Anderson finds his best value at 11/2, while for the romantics, Taylor is 11s across the board.

Betway are offering 15/8 on the tourney winner being a Scotsman which, with half of the competitors throwing under the Scottish flag, is tempting.

I like the look of the following request-a-bet from SkyBet: Michael van Gerwen & Peter Wright both to win, hit the highest checkouts and score the most 180s in their semi-finals all for 10/1.

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Van Gerwen Crushes Lewis To Reach Premier League Finals

Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright both booked their places in the finals of the Darts Premier League with wins in Birmingham last Thursday.

Betway Darts Premier League: week 13 reports

Michael van Gerwen vs Adrian Lewis and Dave Chisnall

The world number one brutally dismissed Adrian Lewis with a 110.75 average, hit without a reply in a classy whitewash – the first in the League this year. This was Mighty Mike’s second match of the evening, having earlier tied with Dave Chisnall in a match where he found himself trailing 6-3.

This was the third 7-0 win in MVG’s Premier League career and sent him three points clear at the top of the table – ahead of Peter “Snakebite” Wright, himself guaranteed a place at the London finale on May 18.

Adrian Lewis vs James Wade

Lewis’s London participation now hangs in the balance having played two, lost two last week when his MVG embarrassment was preceded by a 7-4 defeat to James Wade.

This was a match in which Jackpot failed to land 12 of his 16 double shots and has now lost three on the bounce following his nine-darter in Liverpool.

Peter Wright vs Phil Taylor

Snakebite’s qualification came courtesy of a 7-3 win against Phil “The Power” Taylor, a six-time League winner who now stands fourth in the table. He clings onto hope of a playoff appearance in the face of this week’s upcoming clash with Mighty Mike.

The match was all square after four legs before Wright took over and saw it out to a 6-2 victory, landing checkouts of 116, 104, 96 and 78.

Gary Anderson vs Raymond van Barneveld

That defeat means Taylor switches League positions with Gary Anderson, who moves up to third following his 7-4 victory over Raymond van Barneveld. The world number two averaged 105.47 and closed with a 161 checkout.

Premier League week 14 darts betting tips

Just the four matches this week!

Peter Wright vs Adrian Lewis

The first of these matches pairs Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis in a fight for survival for the latter. Lewis has been on terrible run of form since hitting a nine-dart finish a fortnight ago. The smart money must surely go on Peter Wright here.

Raymond van Barneveld vs Dave Chisnall

Fifth-placed Barney still has hopes of making it to the O2 (likely in place of Taylor) but needs to overcome an improving Dave Chisnall to do so which is far from guaranteed. Given the defeat he suffered last week in Birmingham, a win for the Dutchman looks sound enough.

James Wade vs Gary Anderson

James “The Machine” Wade steps out with Gary “The Flying Scotsman” Anderson in the night’s fourth game. Third-place Anderson will be looking to cement his playoff position with a win, a result he is likely to get. SkyBet are offering a great treble on Anderson to win the match, hit the outright highest checkout and score more 180s than Wade which, at 13/8, looks a steal.

Phil Taylor vs Michael van Gerwen

Phil Taylor has the unenviable task of getting a result against Michael van Gerwen, fresh off the back of dishing out a whitewash to Adrian Lewis.

In the likelihood of an MVG win, the final place – assuming Anderson wraps up third place this week – should boil down to Taylor who meets Lewis and RVB who meets Wright next week.

The best price on Anderson to win the League championship is a very decent 11/2 across the board with Bet365, Betway and SkyBet. Taylor, on the other hand, can be picked up at 20/1 in the same rooms.

Premier League accumulator

The week’s four-fold accumulator is Wright, RVB, Anderson and MVG which pays out 8.12 but might be worth insuring slightly with a Lucky 15.

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Double Win For Chisnall As Barney’s Birthday Spoilt

In a remarkable return to form, Dave “Chizzy” Chisnall won both matches in his Darts Premier League double header in Belfast last week to move within two points of the top four.

Darts Premier League: as it happened

Just weeks ago, Chizzy was looking elimination in the face, a downturn further highlighted by the fact that he hadn’t recorded a win since Exeter’s week five, when he also won two in one evening.

All that was quickly forgotten on Thursday however as Chisnall saw off Stoke pair Adrian ‘Jackpot’ Lewis and Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor.

Dave Chisnall vs Adrian Lewis

The 2015 Premier League semi-finalist began the night by seeing off “Jackpot” 7 legs to 3. Lewis, who last week hit a nine-dart finish, dropped the first three legs before he had even got started.

Winning three successive legs, Lewis looked set for a fourth straight victory before Chisnall landed a maximum to set up double 16 which he duly found. From then on, Chizzy dropped just one set to secure his first victory of the night.

Dave Chisnall vs Phil Taylor

Around 90 minutes later, Chizzy re-entered the arena to defeat Taylor in a match where he averaged 104 having raced into a 4-1 lead. After this, Taylor took just one more set as Chizzy saw out a very memorable night.

Phil Taylor vs Gary Anderson

It wasn’t all bad news for Taylor. Earlier, he had seen off Gary Anderson 7-4. Anderson is having a dip in form at the moment and here he let another result slip away, this time from a four-set lead.

At four down, however, “The Power” morphed back into prime Taylor mode as the old consistency returned; T20 was found time after time while Anderson, despite his imperious lead, was restricted to just one shot at the finish, a missed bull.

Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld

An all-Dutch clash also took place last Thursday as Michael van Gerwen proved he wasn’t in gift-giving mood to his opponent, birthday boy Raymond van Barneveld.

Barney, now 50 years old, was shot down 7-2 but remains in contention for a place in the upcoming London finals. Mighty Mike, however, sits atop the league by two points with a game in hand. An appearance at The O2 looks like a mere formality for the world number one.

Peter Wright vs James Wade

An apologetic Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright didn’t need to be at his best to beat James Wade.

A poor-quality match between the two played out to a 7-3 victory for the Scot, who further strengthened his grip on second place before saying sorry to the fans for the uninspiring darts show.

Birmingham Darts Betting Tips

Two the previous week’s losers open up the play this week at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham when James Wade and Adrian Lewis step up to the oche.

James Wade v Adrian Lewis

Wade, in eighth place, needs to make up four points on the top four places in order to throw himself back into contention for a finals spot. This looks increasingly unlikely.

Lewis also sits outside the qualification pool, albeit only by one point. “Jackpot”, possessing the better form currently, should take this opener.

Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen

Despite a brilliant week last time out, Dave Chisnall comes up against the worst possible opponent to meet when attempting to put a run together: Michael van Gerwen. Despite two great Chizzy throws in Belfast, MVG will look to wrap up qualification early here and should win with ease.

SkyBet have provided another great match treble for this one: Michael van Gerwen to win the match, hit the outright highest checkout and score more 180s at 15/8.

Phil Taylor vs Peter Wright

Phil Taylor this week plays Peter “Snakebite” Wright. Since his dull win, Wright has enjoyed tournament success in the inaugural German Darts Open and so comes into this match with confidence further boosted by his second-place position in the table, a place he should solidify here.

Gary Anderson vs Raymond van Barneveld

Out-of-form Gary Anderson meets Raymond van Barneveld next and, while I will be putting my money on Barney, if Anderson can recover from whatever he is going through he should be the winner.

He is, for now at least, the world number two and double world champion and he needs to put some points together soon if he is to make London.

Adrian Lewis vs Michael van Gerwen

Finally, Adrian Lewis and Michael van Gerwen will come back out for a second appearance of the night and bring Matchday 13 to a close.

Lewis has found some form recently but lost last time out and it’s hard to see him getting one over Mighty Mike.

Darts betting tips: accumulators and outrights

This week’s accumulator: Lewis, MVG, Wright, Barney and MVG, which returns at a rate of 20.47/1 with tournament sponsors Betway.

It’s worth taking a look at the outright prices as the league stage has two weeks left to run.

With just four points separating the bottom-placed player and the top four, things are getting exciting.

You will have guessed already that MVG is odds on everywhere, but the best price available on Peter Wright is the 7/1 on offer with Bet365.

Despite falling behind in the table, Gary Anderson remains second-favourite in the betting and can be picked up for 6/1 with Betway.

At 16/1 with Bet365, Phil Taylor leads the outside pack.

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