The final of the Premier League of darts has finally arrived. The top four warriors of tungsten will go to battle in the O2 Arena tonight and Sky Sports’ Dave Clark has picked out the best bets on the card…
Dave’s darts double
Michael van Gerwen to win 8-5 and Phil Taylor to win 8-6: 48/1
These are the form players in world darts right now and there is an argument for every single one of them to win the crown tonight and walk away with £150,000.
Michael van Gerwen is the 11/10 favourite from Phil Taylor who is 15/8. Raymond van Barneveld is 5/1 and James Wade is the outsider after qualifying on the final night at 17/2.
My money would be on the Power to retain his title.
If van Gerwen plays his best darts he will win and there is no doubt about that. He is 3/10 but it is 1-1 in the season on head-to-heads. Wade won 7-4 in Glasgow and van Gerwen won 7-4 in Sheffield so nothing to split the two but on form the bet is van Gerwen. He has had a spectacular debut season where he became the first man in history other than Phil Taylor to top the table. He won 11 of his matches and drew two from 16.
James Wade qualified for the play-offs after drawing with Phil Taylor in Newcastle. The Machine’s form line isn’t bad and punters will feel the 5/2 is an attractive price but it is better to side with Michael van Gerwen to win 8-5 at 11/2.
MVG is in with a chance of getting a nine-darter tonight. It is 20/1 to happen in his match against Wade and you get the feeling that with a passionate crowd, the last night of the tournament, it could just happen. Van Gerwen should easily get more 180s than James Wade at 2/5 and he could be tickling that nine-darter.
Raymond van Barneveld has played Phil Taylor 17 times in Premier League history and never ever won. The Power has won 14 and they have drawn three times. In Dublin this season it was a fantastic match and Barney should have won after missing five darts for the win but it ended 6-6. Taylor beat him 7-3 in Glasgow and both men averaged 103.
Wayne Mardle strongly fancies Raymond van Barneveld to cause the upset and beat Taylor for the first time tonight. He thinks Barney is playing the best darts of his career. But you look at the stats and the Dutchman has never beat Taylor in the Premier League, and hasn’t beaten the Power in any tournament since the 2008 UK Open. Taylor is hungry for this and is very upset that he didn’t top the table. He topped it every year from 2005-2012 but finished third this time around.
Taylor is going to do a job on Barney tonight at 4/9. Don’t listen to Mardle, go for a Taylor win 8-6 at 13/2.
Taylor should beat Barney and beat him reasonably well.