Premier League Darts Judgement Night
Premier League Darts: Who Will Survive Judgement Night?
Dreams of seizing Premier League glory will end for one thrower this week as Judgement Night looms large on the horizon. A night of high drama in Berlin has left the Premier League table delicately poised as we approach the final two nights of the first phase of the season. The action resumes with a double header in Rotterdam this week, with a full round of fixtures on Wednesday and the Judgement Night on Thursday. Local hero Raymond van Barneveld has promised to bring his A game and should expect to receive a raucous reaction as he battles for survival. A major talking point for the evening is sure to be whether he can cling on in front of his home fans and fans can expect many more twists and turns besides...
What is to be Decided on Judgement Night?
Judgement night normally sees the bottom two players in the table eliminated, before the remaining eight throwers enter the second phase of the season. However, injury to Gary Anderson means that there are only nine players in the league this season, with Anderson’s spot taken by a rotating pool of nine weekly guest invitees. That means only one man will be sent packing on Thursday.
Right now Barney finds himself bottom of the pile, but he gave himself a chance of survival when he beat one of the guest invitees, Max Hopp of Germany, last time out. That was his first win of the season and it moved him up to four points. He is now just one behind Michael Smith, who finished runner-up last year, and has given himself a chance of leapfrogging Bully Boy and avoiding elimination.
What Happened At This Stage Last Year?
Gerwyn Price went into Judgement Night last year knowing there was nothing he could do to avoid elimination. The Welshman was bottom of the table and survival was mathematically impossible, so it was left to Mensur Suljovic and world number two Peter Wright to scrap it out for eighth place in the standings. The Austrian went into Judgement Night a point behind Snakebite and needing a win against league leader Michael van Gerwen in order to stay in the competition.
He had a mountain to climb and it proved too great, as Mighty Mike produced yet another masterclass to beat Suljovic 7-4. It was a brave performance, as Suljovic took a 2-1 lead and was still in contention when trailing 5-4, but ultimately van Gerwen was just too strong. Wright went on to draw with Daryl Gurney to consolidate his grip on eighth place. It was an emotionally charged night in Liverpool, as news broke of the passing of the legendary five-time world champion Eric Bristow.
Who Are the Best and Worst Performers in Premier League Darts This Year?
Rob Cross surged to the top of the table with a 7-4 victory over Gerwyn Price on night seven. The former world champion has won five out of seven matches, with one draw and just one defeat. That came at the hands of van Gerwen on night three, but since then he has been immaculate. He responded by thrashing Gurney 7-1, then he beat Smith 7-3 and van Barneveld 7-3 before victory over Price carried him to the summit of the standings.
Meanwhile Van Gerwen won his first three matches of the season, but defeat to James Wade derailed his momentum. The Green Machine then drew with invitee John Henderson and he suffered a surprise 7-5 loss to Gurney last time out. His air of invincibility has slipped somewhat and you would have to say that Cross has been the best performer thus far.
Barney has clearly been the worst performer, as he lost his first six matches and struggled to find any sort of rhythm in his play. Yet he has given himself a fighting chance of survival by vanquishing the contender Hopp in his last match. He secured the first 170 checkout of the Premier League season and his celebration was immense. Bully Boy will now be looking nervously over his shoulder as we approach this week’s action in Rotterdam.
Who Is Favourite To Be Eliminated on Judgement Night?
RVB is the clear favourite to finish bottom of the pile and suffer the ignominy of elimination this week. Check out our Premier League Darts spreads and you can see the markets agree he faces a real uphill challenge. Van Barneveld faces Gurney on Wednesday and that looks like a winnable clash, as SuperChin has lost three of seven so far and sits seventh in the table. If Barney can win that he will move to within a point of Gurney, which would really open things up.
In front of a rowdy Dutch crowd, he just might be able to surge to victory. However, he will then have to take on compatriot van Gerwen, who will be desperate to return to winning ways. RVB does not have a good record against Mighty Mike of late, so the odds are very much against him surviving. Smith takes on Price and Wade as he bids for survival, while Gurney faces Suljovic on Judgement Night.
What is the Record Number of 180s scored in a Premier League Darts Event?
Looking beyond the standings other things to look out for will be records that could very well tumble. Anderson threw eleven 180s against Simon Whitlock back in 2011, and that record still stands to this day. As competition hots up fans may very well soon see a Premier League haul of twelve 180s in a single match.
Who is Favourite to be Crowned Premier League Darts Champion 2019?
Despite his recent wobbles, van Gerwen is still the favourite to win a fourth consecutive Premier League darts title. He leads the way in the Premier League Darts Outright Index , with an outright win index of 35-38. We award 50 points to the winner, 25 to the runner-up, 10 to the beaten semi-finalists and zero to the other players. If you fancy van Gerwen to win it, you buy at 38. If he goes on to secure victory, you earn 12 times your stake, so a £20 bet would net you £240 profit (50 – 38 = 12 and 12 x £20 = £240). However, if he only finishes runner-up you would lose 13 times your stake.
If you think he will struggle, you can sell at 35. If you wager £5 and he is knocked out in the semi-finals, you make a £125 profit (35 – 10 = 25 and 25 x £5 = £125). However, if he ends up winning again and the market settles on 50 points, you would lose 15 times your stake, a loss of £75. Cross is next in the darts spread betting on this market, with a spread of 20-23, while Wright is priced at 7.5-10.5 and Wade is 7-9.