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Premier League returns later this month as Van Gerwen heads in as favourite

It truly has been a difficult year for sport, with endless events being either postponed or even cancelled. This all down to the coronavirus pandemic. Improvements were finally made, and we slowly saw a return of sport across different areas of the globe. This covered the likes of football and the UFC, which were at the forefront of a return from the off. The wait has continued to go on, as to when we would finally see the PDC Premier league return, and finally, this will kick off later this month.

Unfortunately, despite the improvements being made, we are still not at the stage of spectators returning to sporting events. This is something we have seen in other sports that have still proven a success and darts will be no different. The Government restrictions have already led to a change in venue, with the Premier league returning with six stunning nights in a row, with the top players in action. As expected, Michael Van Gerwen heads in as the overwhelming favourite for the title and is already being well supported at bettingsites.ng. This platform is offering a host of the best bonuses and offers for punters to pick up ahead of the event and can also be used by both new and returning players.

There is no doubting that Van Gerwen is going to prove the most popular bet for punters on the ante-post markets and on the opening night. This is due to the fact that the 31-year-old Dutchman has won the Premier League for each of the last four years, and is a five-time winner of the event. The 2019 victory saw him win his fourth in succession with a 11-5 final victory over Rob Cross. Prior to this he had won the 2018 edition of the event with a 11-4 final victory over Michael Smith.

 

Van Gerwen also heads into this year’s competition as the world number one, as he heads the PDC Order of Merit. This is due to the prize money he has picked up over the last two-year period, which puts him miles clear of all other players. Peter Wright is the world number two and is also likely to prove one of the key players who could end the winning run of Van Gerwen. Other key contenders include the likes of Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith and Rob Cross. Each also sitting in the top five and have wins over the champion in the past.

 

PDC PDC Premier League Past Winners

The Premier League started in 2005 and plays in front of sell-out crowds in arena venues across the UK & Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. The four-month season concludes in London with the play-off finals at the O2 Arena.

 

Year

Winner

Score

 

Score

Runner-up

2019 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 5 Rob Cross
2018 Michael van Gerwen 11 - 4 Michael Smith
2017 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
10
Peter Wright
2016 Michael van Gerwen
11
-
3
Phil Taylor
2015 Gary Anderson
11
-
7
Michael van Gerwen
2014 Raymond van Barneveld
10
-
6
Michael van Gerwen
2013 Michael van Gerwen
10
-
8
Phil Taylor
2012 Phil Taylor
10
-
7
Simon Whitlock
2011 Gary Anderson
10
-
4
Adrian Lewis
2010 Phil Taylor
10
-
8
James Wade
2009 James Wade
13
-
8
Mervyn King
2008 Phil Taylor
16
-
8
James Wade
2007 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Terry Jenkins
2006 Phil Taylor
16
-
6
Roland Scholten
2005 Phil Taylor
16
-
4
Colin Lloyd

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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