Premier League Darts Season Climax
Premier League Darts: How Things Stand in The Run-In to The Play-Offs
The 2019 Premier League darts season has already served up a thrilling blend of excitement, drama and entertainment. Raymond van Barneveld crashed out on Judgement Night and just eight players are left standing. We are now 12 rounds in and the top of the table has taken on a familiar shape, but there is still plenty of action ahead and it promises to be an exhilarating final few weeks.
Who is Top of the Premier League Darts Table?
World number one Michael van Gerwen stormed back to the top of the table with a thumping 8-2 victory over Rob Cross on Night 12. Cross had previously rattled off three straight victories and that saw him lead the standings on 17 points, with van Gerwen one point behind him. But the Green Machine smashed his rival with a 107.87 average in Birmingham on Thursday. It started well for the Englishman, who raced into a 2-0 lead, but then Mighty Mike took control of the match. He capitalised on a missed 125 checkout from Voltage to cut his deficit in half and then won another seven consecutive legs to close out victory. Van Gerwen has eight wins, two draws and two defeats from 12 matches, while Cross now has eight wins, one draw and three losses.
Who Will Make the Play-Offs?
The top four players in the standings go through to the semi-finals and right now those spots are occupied by van Gerwen, Cross, James Wade and Gerwyn Price. Wade, Price and Mensur Suljovi¿ all have 14 points apiece, while Daryl Gurney is just two points back on 12, so it looks to be developing into a gripping battle.Mighty Mike and Cross should be able to nail down play-off berths, but the other two places will be fiercely contested. Wade, Price and Suljovi¿ all won on Night 12, while Gurney suffered defeat. He is now winless in his last three matches and he appears to have lost form at the worst time of the season. Price is looking strong at present, with three wins and a draw in his last four matches. But he is now about to enter a season defining run, as he plays Cross next, followed by Wade and then Gurney. There are just four rounds left and the race for a top four spot looks set to go right down to the wire.
What are the Key Remaining Fixtures?
Darts fans can look forward to a number of gripping contests in the weeks ahead. Van Gerwen has the opportunity to seize revenge when he faces James Wade in round 13, after Wade beat him earlier in the season. Cross against Price will be a huge match, and Wade against Price the following week looks set to be a thriller.
Gurney will try to overcome van Gerwen in round 14. The big match in round 15 sees Gurney tangle with Price. Both men could still be in the hunt for a play-off place by then and that will go a long way towards deciding who prevails. The final round of fixtures sees Wade take on Cross and that could be another massive contest in the battle for a semi-final berth. Suljovi¿ closes the regular season against van Gerwen and he will hope that the Green Machine has taken a foot off the pedal by then.
When do the Play-Offs Begin?
The play-offs will take place on Thursday, 23rd May, at the O2 Arena in London. Both semi-finals are best of 19 legs and the two victors will go into a best of 21 legs final later the same night. It is always a carnival atmosphere that draws huge crowds of passionate darts fans.
Who is Favourite to win the Premier League Darts?
Right now, van Gerwen is the clear favourite in the darts spread betting markets to triumph for the fourth year in a row. We saw a real changing of the guard in 2016 as he beat five-time champion Phil Taylor 11-3 in the final and the Dutchman has not looked back since. Cross is the second favourite to claim glory this year, followed by Suljovic, Price and Wade.
What Darts Spread Betting Options are There?
Fans can choose from a number of exciting Premier League Darts spread betting markets to heighten the enjoyment they experience when watching the season finale. There are match betting options, such as Legs Supremacy and the 100 Index, which help keep you gripped to the action as you cheer on the player you have backed. If you are unsure who will win, you can turn to markets like Total Match Legs, depending on whether you think it will be over quickly or be a tight contest.
There are also long-term markets such as the Outright Index to choose from. The winner gets 50 points, the runner up takes 25 points and the beaten semi-finalists are each given 10 points. You either buy or sell on a player depending on how well you think he will fare. Van Gerwen currently has a spread of 36-39, while Cross has a spread of 20.5-23.5 and Suljovi¿ is priced at 8-11. This is a really exciting market because it gives you an interest in every match your chosen player takes part in between now and the end of the season.