Premier League Darts 2021

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Who will win the 2021 Premier League Darts?

Last year, the dominance of Michael van Gerwen finally came to an end as his run of four successive Premier League titles was broken. The relatively unfancied duo of Glen Durrant and Nathan Aspinall contested the final, with the former holding his nerve to win 11-8 on his tournament debut.

Premier League Darts Odds | Who Can Win This Year’s Title?

Here we evaluate the chances of this year’s 10 competitors…

Gary Anderson

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 9
Best Performance: Winner in 2011 & 2015
Last Year: Losing semi-finalist
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 6th
Current Odds: 43/4 (11.75)

‘The Flying Scotsman’ has more appearances in this event than any of his rivals and will be trying to make the play-offs for the seventh successive time (he missed the event in 2019). Though not winning a major since 2018, and with various back and knee injuries in recent times, Anderson has shown glimpses of returning to his best form.

He made the final of the PDC World Championship in January, only to lose 7-3 to Gerwyn Price, but results since then have been inconsistent.

Given the format this year with successive match days, the Scot may find without ‘recovery time’ any fitness issues will be magnified and will find a third title here a big ask.

Nathan Aspinall

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 1
Best Performance: Runner-up (2020)
Last Year: Losing finalist
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 10th
Current Odds: 20/1 (21.00)

Since winning his first major in 2019, ‘The Asp’ has risen quickly in the standings and is now one of the most exciting players to watch and, when on his game, is capable of beating anyone.

His full Premier League debut last year ended up in a third-place league finish and a semi-final victory over Peter Wright, before losing in the final to fellow debutant Glen Durrant.

Recent form however has not been so good, with a quarter-final exit at The Masters followed by a defeat in his opening UK Open match. He needs to find some form soon to make an impression here.

Jonny Clayton

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 0
Best Performance: Debut
Last Year: N/A
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 17th
Current Odds: 11/1 (12.00)

Clayton earned the 10th and final place in this year’s event when winning the Masters in January. His good form has continued since then, winning the Players Championship 7 event in mid-March.

At 46 years of age, it has been a slow rise up the standings for the Welshman, and it will be interesting to see if his good recent form can continue in this high-profile event. Reaching the play-offs would be a good achievement.

Rob Cross

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 3
Best Performance: Runner-up (2019)
Last Year: 9th (eliminated)
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 5th
Current Odds: 33/1 (34.00)

Following his win in the 2018 World Championship, the previously unheralded Cross seemed to have the darting world at his feet. Despite the pressure of carrying the world title, his form remained decent in 2019.

However, the former electrician lost his spark in 2020 and has struggled to find any consistent form of late. There is a reason he is priced as the rank outsider, and after his elimination on Judgement Night last year it is hard to see this year’s edition proving any more successful.

José de Sousa

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 0
Best Performance: Debut
Last Year: N/A
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 15th
Current Odds: 31/2 (16.50)

In the space of two short years, the Portuguese has gone from fitting kitchens to mixing it with the best on the darting stage.

After winning a tour card for the first time in 2019, he found his feet last year when winning his first major in November, the Grand Slam of Darts.

He shares his nickname of ‘The Special One’ with a rather more well-known fellow countryman, and also enjoys being somewhat unorthodox in his gameplay.

This is the biggest test he will face yet in his darts career, and he will be happy to be challenging for a play-off spot.

Glen Durrant

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 1
Best Performance: Winner (2020)
Last Year: Won
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 13th
Current Odds: 25/1 (26.00)

Durrant had a Premier League debut to remember; winning the league stage and then following that up by claiming victory in the final, becoming only the third player to win both the league stage and the final in the same tournament. That’s a feat only equalled by Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen.

However, a few weeks after that victory ‘Duzza’ tested positive for Covid-19. After his recovery, he said he had faced a ‘horrible battle’ with the illness.

The Englishman has struggled to regain his form since and it is hard to see him repeating his success from last season.

James Wade

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 10
Best Performance: Winner (2009)
Last Year: Did not play
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 4th
Current Odds: 11/1 (12.00)

Despite being the current UK Open Champion and fourth in the PDC Order of Merit, Wade originally missed the cut for the final field. However, the enforced withdrawal of Gerwyn Price after a positive Covid-19 test meant a late berth for The Machine.

With ten previous Premier League appearances, including a win 12 years ago, there is no lack of experience in the late arrival who was already in Milton Keynes on stand-by.

Given his current form, the Englishman could easily force his way into the play-off reckoning.   

Dmitri Van den Bergh

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 0
Best Performance: Debut
Last Year: N/A
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 9th
Current Odds: 49/4 (13.25)

The third debutant in this year’s event, the Belgian comes into the tournament as the current World Matchplay champion.

‘The Dream Maker’ is full of confidence on the world stage, both with his pre-match dancing and then on the oche when the real action begins. You would expect he may feel the lack of audience participation more that some as he feeds off the energy of the crowd.

However, the 26-year-old should still be a force here, and with a debutant winning last year there is no reason he can’t emulate that feat.

Michael van Gerwen

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 8
Best Performance: Winner (2013,2016,2017,2018,2019)
Last Year: 6th
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 3rd
Current Odds: 58/25 (3.32)

Having topped the table in his first seven appearances in the Premier League, winning the title five times, last year the unthinkable happened with the Dutchman finishing sixth and having to sit out the play-off stage.

Generally last year was not as successful for the ‘Green Machine’, though that is only in comparison to the preceding years of dominance. However, it would be foolish to write van Gerwen off as being ‘past his best’ with several signs of a return to form over recent months.

He needs one more title to equal Phil Taylor’s six Premier League wins, and the determined Dutchman will be keen to prove last year’s early exit was a one-off.

Peter Wright

Tournament record:
Previous Appearances: 7
Best Performance: Runner-up (2017)
Last Year: Losing semi-finalist
PDC Order of Merit ranking: 2nd 
Current Odds: 97/20 (5.85)

The Premier League has not been a friend for the Mohawk-haired Scot, with only two play-off appearances to show for his seven appearances to date, and the title eluding him.

The closest he came to winning was in 2017 when he succumbed to van Gerwen 11-10 in the final, eventually losing the last-leg decider after missing six match darts.

He followed his 2020 World Championship victory with two other titles last year, but does throw in the odd poor performance when his interest in the game seems to wane.

However, victory in the last Players Championship event ten days ago, beating Gerwyn Price 8-3 in the final, will put Wright in confident mood as he hopes to break his Premier League hoodoo.

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Premier League Darts 2021 | Matchday Betting

The 2021 edition of the Premier League Darts is under way, with a very different look to normal. No baying crowds (in the early stages at least), one venue throughout the competition, matches over successive evenings. Who will be lifting the trophy at the end of the tournament?

After five nights of tungsten action, the table is taking shape ahead of a further four successive nights play between 19th and 22nd April. This culminates in Judgement Night, after which the two players sitting at the bottom of the table will be eliminated.

We have already seen two nine-dart finishes and at this stage the winner looks very hard to call. With just three points separating the top nine players, we can only really rule out the defending champion, Glen Durrant, who sits pointless at the bottom of the table.

After their 10-day break, which players will come back with all guns blazing when the action continues on Monday 19th April? Here’s our look at the next round of matches…

Premier League Darts Odds | Night 6 Match Preview

Rob Cross vs Gary Anderson

Both players are currently sitting on five points after winning two of their opening five matches, however Cross will be the more content with his start. His two losses came against the two market leaders in the betting, so he’ll still be hopeful of making a late run for the play-off places.

Anderson cannot afford to slip up here with MVG awaiting him on the following night, knowing that two defeats would make a play-off place highly unlikely.

Though the Flying Scotsman won their three meetings in 2020, it was Voltage who won 6-2 when they met in a Players Championship event in February.

In a close game, we are backing Cross to sneak the victory.

José de Sousa vs James Wade

Though de Sousa sits second from bottom in the table, that doesn’t tell the full story. The debutant has performed well to date and is improving with each Premier League Darts outing. A nine-darter on Night Four was followed by his first victory, against Van den Bergh, who at the time was topping the table. With only two points separating the Portuguese from a play-off spot, it will be no surprise to see him climbing the table.

Wade only came into the tournament as a late replacement and his form has been patchy so far. After a slow start he has won his last two matches, including a 7-3 victory over MVG. However, the Dutchman was well below par that night and despite his victory the Englishman didn’t play that well himself.

These two met in the Grand Slam of Darts final last November, with The Special One living up to his nickname in a 16-12 victory to take his first televised title.

We think that form will continue here and he will be too strong for Wade. 

Jonny Clayton vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

A top-of-the-table clash sees two Premier League debutants face off as they try to maintain their advantage over their more experienced foes.

It is the Welshman Clayton who leads the table by one point, with a nine-dart finish to his name already in an impressive start. Van den Bergh was the early table topper but the Belgian has now been caught after taking just a point from his previous two matches.

They met in November in a last-16 clash at the Grand Slam, with The DreamMaker coming out victorious in a comfortable 10-3 victory.

Whilst this match should be closer, we are backing Van den Bergh to get back to winning ways and edge a tight match.

Glen Durrant vs Michael van Gerwen

Pity poor Duzza, coming in as defending champion yet a complete loss of form sees him sitting without a point and a minus 24 leg difference. If he thought a 10-day break would help to regain his focus, Durrant will not be relishing a clash with MVG.

Even though the Dutchman is not at the peak of his game, winning just two of his opening five matches, Durrant’s abject form to date suggests MVG will have the opportunity to improve his record here against an opponent who has beaten him on four of the last six occasions they’ve met. 

Unless Duzza can take a couple of early legs, we expect MVG to show no mercy and take this with ease.

Nathan Aspinall vs Peter Wright

The previous time these two players met was in last year’s Premier League semi-finals, with the Asp coming out on top in a 10-7 victory.

Wright has already been changing his darts in this year’s competition as he tries to find a winning formula and finished strongly to come back from 5-3 down to beat Rob Cross 7-5 on Night Five.

The same night, Aspinall shared the spoils with MVG in a high quality 6-6 draw, having also drawn his previous match.

Both players have identical records with two wins and two draws to date, though arguably Snakebite has had the harder fixtures.

Easy to see this as another close match, with a third successive draw for Aspinall a likely outcome.

Premier League Darts Night 6: Correct Score Predictions

Rob Cross 7-5 Gary Anderson
José de Sousa 7-4 James Wade
Jonny Clayton 5-7 Dimitri Van den Bergh
Glen Durrant 1-7 Michael van Gerwen
Nathan Aspinall 6-6 Peter Wright

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Premier League Darts FAQ

When does the Premier League Darts start?

Night 1 takes place on Monday 5th April, with the concluding play-offs night on Friday, 28th May.

Where is the Premier League Darts being held?

Unlike previous years, where events were held weekly in different venues, this year’s competition will be held entirely at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

How has the format changed this year?

There will still be 10 players taking part, but this year will not feature the ‘Challengers’ who took part each week over the last two years.

The match days will not be weekly, instead running over grouped periods of days.

When are the match days?

Nights 1 to 5 run from 5th – 9th April

Nights 6 to 9 (Judgement Night) run from 19th – 22nd April

Nights 10 to 12 run from 5th – 7th May

Nights 13 – 16 run from 24th – 27th May

Play-Offs Night is the 28th May

Will there be a live audience?

The first nine nights will be behind closed doors. A decision on whether crowds will be permitted for the subsequent dates will be made later.

Where can I watch Premier League Darts?

Each night will be broadcast live on Sky TV.

What is the format?

The 10 players each play each other once in a league format. At the end of these matches, Judgement Night, the bottom two players in the table are eliminated.

The remaining eight players then play each other, with points being added to those won in the first section.

The top four players in the final table proceed to the play-offs night. This includes the semi-finals, with 1st playing 4th and 2nd playing 3rd, followed directly by the final.

How many legs are the matches?

The initial matches, when all 10 players are taking part, are a maximum of 12 legs, decided by the first player to reach seven. These can finish with points shared in a 6-6 draw.

The second phase of matches, when eight players remain, are a maximum of 14 legs, decided by the first player to reach eight. These can finish with points shared in a 7-7 draw.

In the knockout stage, the semi-finals are best of 19 legs, and the final best of 21 legs.

Who is playing? | Premier League Darts 2021 Line-Up

The 10 players in this year’s Premier League are:

  • Gary Anderson
  • Nathan Aspinall
  • Jonny Clayton
  • Rob Cross
  • José de Sousa
  • Glen Durrant
  • James Wade
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh
  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Peter Wright

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