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MVG powering towards another Premier League darts title

Michael van Gerwen started as betting favourite to win this year’s Premier League Darts title and after the tournament’s second most successful player behind Phil Taylor booked his place in the playoffs, he’s looking good value to go all the way.

The 29-year-old Dutchman has claimed the prize in each of the last two years, beating Peter Wright 11-10 in 2017 and Phil Taylor 11-3 the year before. Are we looking at a man ready to complete the hat-trick and secure his fourth career gong? Odds compilers certainly think so with the latest darts betting having Mighty Mike an 8/15 jolly at bet365.

 

MVG -Michael van Gerwen Premier League 2018

 

Draw proves Mighty never gives up

MVG faced a busy night at the Manchester Arena on April 26th but kept his composure to gain a hard-fought draw with Daryl Gurney before smashing Michael Smith 7-1 to close the show. That emphatic win over Smith was a reminder of just what the Boxtel right-hander is capable of but he seemed to take more from the 6-6 with Gurney which brought an end to a recent sticky spell.

Speaking to the cameras directly after his draw, Michael was in high spirits, telling fans and critics alike he is one of the best players in the world for one reason – he never, ever gives up. Backers of the shortest-priced runner in the field will be hoping that’s true come the final night.

Those results moved van Gerwen three points clear of the chasing pack in the Premier League on 21 with nearest rival Michael Smith in second and Rob Cross third, both on 18 points. That gap was enough to ensure Mighty was the first player to secure a playoff berth, with betting on the winner of the regular season long-since suspended by odds compilers who weren’t in the mood to fight the inevitable.

 

Gary Anderson

 

Anderson’s winning run halted by a piece of magic

Gary Anderson can be found in fourth after 14 games, but he remains second favourite with traders who know it never pays to write The Flying Scotsman off completely. The much-loved 47-year-old from Musselburgh has two Premier League winner medals at home, having appeared in two finals.

17 points means he’s in the mix for an extended stay this year but his run of victories was halted by Australian Simon Whitlock, The Wizard, moving up to seventh place with a shock 7-5 triumph. Qualification is already beyond the victor of that match, but his performance ensured Anderson’s wait to secure his invite continued. The 4/1 on Gary winning the tournament outright makes him best of the rest ahead of Rob Cross at 9/2 and Michael Smith’s 12/1.

Another Dutchman in Raymond van Barneveld had to make do with a 6-6 draw vs Rob Cross, which left him four points off Gary Anderson and a top-four finish. That level finish ended Barney’s hopes of taking his challenge any further this year and the man who wore the crown back in 2014 will bow out at the end of the regular season.

 


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PDC Previous Premier League Winners

2017 Michael van Gerwen beat Peter WRight
11
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10
2016 Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor
11
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3
2015 Gary Anderson beat Michael van Gerwen
11
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7
2014 Raymond van Barneveld beat Michael van Gerwen
10
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6
2013 Michael van Gerwen beat Phil Taylor
10
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8
2012 Phil Taylor beat Simon Whitlock
10
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7
2011 Gary Anderson beat Adrian Lewis
10
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4
2010 Phil Taylor beat James Wade
10
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8
2009 James Wade beat Mervyn King
13
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8
2008 Phil Taylor beat James Wade
16
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8
2007 Phil Taylor beat Terry Jenkins
16
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6
2006 Phil Taylor beat Roland Scholten
16
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6
2005 Phil Taylor beat Colin Lloyd
16
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4

 

The Premier League final best of legs has changed over the years:

  • 2005 - 2008 best of 31 legs
  • 2009 - best of 25 legs
  • 2010 - 2014 best of 19 legs
  • 2015 - Current best of 21 legs

 

 

 

 

 

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