Dart fans have had a mixed year with many scheduled dart events either cancelled, postponed or played behind closed doors without spectators. Like many other sports, football, snooker, F1, and horse racing, darts has been affected by COIVID lockdown rules and restriction. Despite such restriction, the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) has managed to stage most of their scheduled live events.
Although fans cannot attend live darts at this time, fans can still bet on darts with Betway online or via the Betway mobile app. The latest odds for the Premier League Darts are always worth a view, and this year it is an open field and difficult to predict the final outcome.
The 2021 Premier league has already delivered two nine-dart legs from Jonny Clayton and Jose de Sousa. At this early stage in the event, fans may have their money on a third before the league concludes on May 28. Defending Premier League Champion Glen Durrant has had the worse start possible with five straight loses and looks destined to be eliminated from the League on Judgement Night, Night Nine.
Current World Darts Champion Gerwyn Price suffered a positive covid test before starting this year's event. Price was replaced at the last minute with James Wade, the next highest ranking player in the PDC Order of Merit. James narrowly missed out on the automatic qualification, and many say he should have been one of the Wild card players from the start. The choice of Wild card players Jonny Clayton, Jose de Sousa, Dimitri Van den Bergh have already shown their worth, and all seem determined to make the play-off finals, and with their current standing, all could achieve the final cut.
As most dart fans know, the Premier League is not a PDC ranking event, so all sights will be on the Players Championships, which resumes later this month. The rescheduling means several Players Championships events are being grouped under the title of the Super Series. With a £10,000 first prize for each of these daily encounters, the Players Championships is an event the lower-ranked players need to do well. Event odds can be viewed on the Betway website and other major dart events scheduled this year.
The Players Championships is an event that has always been played behind closed doors. However, the finals have consistently been shown on TV. ITV4 in the UK and various other channels across the world.
Although it has been rumoured that fans may be able to return to live sports venues, possibly as early as May, it is likely the World Matchplay in July could be the first major dart event to accept fans. The World Matchplay has always been a highlight in the calendar year for both the players and fans. Staged at the Blackpool Winter Gardens, many fans treat this event as a holiday venue, and tickets tend to sell out fast. However, it is still too early to confirm.
Michael van Gerwyn hasn't won the World Matchplay since 2016. Gerwyn Price, the Current PDC World Champions, has never made the final, so expect the unexpected.
Dimitri Van den Bergh will headline as the defending Matchplay Champion, and along with the other 31 players, this nine-day event is again likely to deliver a new name on the Phil Taylor Trophy. Taylor won this event sixteen times the same amount as his world title tally. But since Phil retired, no single player has dominated the event. Fans might be best to view the 2021 line-up and place their bets on the head to head rounds rather than an overall winner. When the final details are released, head over to Betway for the latest player odds.
The PDC has ensured the show will go on, and although frustrating for many fans that like to attend the live venues, the players have kept us entertained during the prolonged lockdown period. The first events to accept fans will likely impose restrictions on numbers and may require you to have a test and trace app with you along with the face masks. The PDC have always put safety and the fans first, so if you are unable to attend, you can always watch the live event vis Sky, ITV4 DAZN RTL7, PDCTV live stream or head over to Betway to view the live scoring online