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Premier League Darts Rotterdam Double

The 2018 Premier League has now reached the final round robin stage of the competition. The remaining eight players will now compete for a top-four play-off sport at the O2 Arena, London on the 19th May.

Following round nine, ‘Judgement Night’ the bottom two players were eliminated from the league. Gerwyn Price was the first to fall. The Welshman had a disappointing championship and could not manage a win in the nine league matches he played in. Gerwen could only muster two draws, the first in week one against Peter Wright and the second in week three against Daryl Gurney. The odds at 888sport for Price not winning a single match would have been high.

Mensur SuljovicOne of the most liked newcomers to the Premier League is Mensur Suljovic, during 2017, Mensur moved up the PDC ranking to the sixth spot. Many may have thought Mensur would make a big impression on the Premier League but it wasn’t to be.

Mensur struggled from the start and it wasn’t until week four before he managed his first win against Gerwyn Price followed by his best performance, with a 7-1 victory over Peter Wright in week five. However, that is where it ended for Mensur and after losing 7-4 to Michael van Gerwen on ‘Judgement night’, Mensur became the second victim of the 2018 Premier league.

The remain eight players; Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Rob Cross, Gary Anderson, Daryl Gurney, Simon Whitlock, Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright all moved forward to compete in the final six rounds.

Sheffield's leg saw the first night where two players play twice. It is an opportunity for players lower in the league to move up. However, this was not to be for the two that had a double match at Sheffield. Peter Wright and Raymond van Barneveld both lost their first matches before facing each other in the final match of the night. Peter became the victor beating Raymond 7-2, however, he had lost 7-2 to Gary Anderson so his leg difference remained the same. Neither player managed to progress up the lead table and now they have played one more match, over the remaining six, their position looks gloomy.

The fight is now on for a top-four place. Michael van Gerwen, like previous years that he has competed in the league, tops the leaderboard. The winner of the round-robin phase will also enjoy a £25,000 bonus and will play the player in the fourth spot in the semifinals come 19th May. Before then there are a number of rounds still to complete and the two-day event at the Ahoy arena in Rotterdam is likely to favour the Dutch players.

April 18-19th is the double Premier League night. Raymond van Barneveld cannot afford another loss however he faces the Aussie, Simon Whitlock on the first night, not an easy task. However, many Dutch fans will be backing Raymond to raise his game and beat Simon. Michael van Gerwen, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same pressure as he faces an out of sorts Peter Wright. Which setup will Peter use? One that helps him he will be hoping! However, by contrast, Peter is at the bottom of the league table while Michael is clear at the top. Another win for Michael will surely secure a playoff spot although it mathematically possible at this stage that he won't qualify.

 

So what of the others?

Rob Cross PDC World Champion Micheal Smith has had one of the best runs so far. He has surprised most pundits and had a 7-0 win over Barney on ‘Judgement Night’ that few would have predicted. He is currently in the second position and just one win away of equally Michael van Gerwen’s point tally.

Rob Cross, the current PDC World Champion, had a poor start to the league losing his first three matches before turning the tables and winning his next seven. He could be the league champion come May, however, we will have to wait and see.

 

So, what of the reaming three?

Gary Anderson improved his chances of making the playoffs by winning in Sheffield and moved into the fourth spot. Daryl Gurney also moved up the table by beating Raymond van Barneveld 7-3.

Simon Whitlock still has a bit more to do. He lost heavily to Michael van Gerwen in Sheffield and as a result, moved down the table from the fourth spot to sixth. However, many will bet on Simon making the play-off.

 

Premier League TV Broadcast Around the World

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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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