Premier League Darts 2019 - Spread Betting Preview
PDC Premier League Darts Season Preview: Van Gerwen Begins Title Defence
Dutch maestro Michael van Gerwen will bid for a fourth consecutive Premier League darts title when the 2019 season gets underway in Newcastle on Thursday. ‘Mighty Mike’ heads into the Premier League season in superb form having won the World Darts Championship with a dominant final victory over Michael Smith last month and most recently beating James Wade to reclaim the Masters title.
However, the Premier League season is another testing challenge for van Gerwen and stars like Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney and Peter Wright all have the ability to topple him. It promises to be another gripping season and darts fans can choose from a number of intriguing spread betting options that really ramp up the excitement.
Van Gerwen understandably heads the Premier League Darts spread betting outright index. The Dutchman sits comfortably top of the order of merit and he has won 140 out of 165 matches since the beginning of 2018, a record no other player can come close to matching. Last season he finished top of the Premier League table, with 11 wins from 16 matches and a total of 23 points. He beat Rob Cross 10-6 in the semi-finals and then took Smith apart in an 11-4 victory in the final.
However, van Gerwen is by no means infallible. He crashed out of the German Masters last year after a shock defeat to Dimitri Van Den Bergh, while Brendan Dolan got the better of him in the Danish Open. He also lost to Jeffrey de Zwaan at the World Matchplay and the UK Open, to James Wade in the US Masters, to Smith in the Shanghai Darts Masters and to Cross in the World Championship last year, while suffering defeats against Wright, Anderson and van Barneveld in the Premier League so the chasing pack are certainly in with a fighting chance this season.
Van Gerwen Straight In At The Deep End
Van Gerwen faces a baptism of fire on the opening night against Smith, who finished second in the table and runner-up overall in a breakout season last year. Van Gerwen is the clear favourite to prevail on Thursday, with a 100 Index of 73-79 compared to Smith’s 21-27.
However, Michael ‘Bully Boy’ Smith is surging with confidence after a career-best campaign in 2018 and he has declared that he is not prepared to settle for second best again this time around.
“I don’t want to be second best, I want to be the best,” he told Sporting Life in a recent interview. “Last year it wasn't great getting beat in finals but from never having reached any before in my career on television to making five of them is definitely a step in the right direction. I just want to go in focused and know what I can do. The first game is going to be tough against Michael but I’m going to have to play him twice anyway so hopefully I can pick a few points off him.”
Smith gleefully reminded everyone that betting sites “took a spanking” on him last year, as he was hugely unfancied before the season began and kept defying the odds. We have since learned our lesson and installed Smith among the front runners in the Premier League Darts Outright Index.
Last season, van Gerwen picked up the highest checkout four times in the regular season and on the night of the playoffs, while he scored the most 180s three times.
However, these honours were spread around fairly evenly during the Premier League campaign, with Cross, Anderson and Daryl Gurney all enjoying a lot of success.
Out of the current crop, only Anderson, Raymond van Barneveld and Wade have won the Premier League, along with van Gerwen. Gary Anderson seized the title for a second time in 2015, beating van Gerwen in the final. Unfortunately there will be no siege on the Premier League title from Anderson this year as the two-time champion has pulled out due to a back injury.
Wright v Cross Looks Set To Be An Opening Week Thriller
Another huge clash in Week 1 sees Peter Wright and Rob Cross lock horns and the betting for this one is agonisingly tight. Wright has a 100 Index of 46-52, while Cross is priced at 48-54, indicating just how evenly matched our traders believe them to be.
Sometimes punters can find it difficult to choose who will win particular matches, but there are all sorts of alternative markets to check out, including 180 markets, Leg Markets, Checkout Markets and Total Match Legs.
You can also wager on overall Total Markets each week, which is a really exciting option that gives you an interest in every single match taking place. You are not required to predict the winner of any contest, and you simply have to decide how well we have pitched our index lines. You can speculate on the Total 180s, selling if you think we have gone too high or buying if you believe our traders have pitched it too low. Other Week 1 Totals Markets options include Total Draws, Favourite Legs and Underdog Legs.
Spread betting is the ultimate way to heighten the excitement you experience when settling down to watch a wonderful round of darts matches. We will have you covered all season, while you can check out the constantly updated Premier League Outright Index and bet on who you think will reign supreme in the final.
You should also make a note in your diary that Judgement Night takes place on Thursday, 28th March in Rotterdam. Two men will be eliminated on that night, so the stakes will be high and the tension even higher. The entire season promises to be another classic, full of drama, upsets and world class darts and Sporting Index have you covered all the way, from the first throw on Thursday to the last at the Play-Offs in May.
Premier League Darts action starts at Newcastle on Thursday, 7th February. Be sure to check out the latest darts spread betting markets ahead of the season.