Premier League Darts Round Up with Sunbets
World number one Michael van Gerwen is enjoying another fantastic season and he captured the European Darts Open title with victory over Peter Wright this week. He can now revert his attentions to the Premier League as he bids for a third successive title after reigning supreme in 2016 and 2017.
The tournament attracts the 10 biggest names in the game, so it is fiercely competitive, and it has been a thrilling ride so far this season. We have witnessed the rise of Michael Smith, the struggles of Peter Wright and the enduring consistency of van Gerwen.
We are now approaching the halfway stage of the Premier League season and the remainder of the campaign promises to be equally exhilarating.
Who currently sits top of the Premier League Darts table?
Van Gerwen is currently enjoying his usual position at the top of the pile after winning six out of seven matches so far. He has already beaten Smith, Gerwyn Price, Simon Whitlock, Daryl Gurney, Gary Anderson and Rob Cross, with just the sole defeat at the hands of Wright.
He is about to face Raymond van Barneveld and then Mensur Suljovic, and if he maintains his current form he should breeze to another title, as he has been brilliant so far.
He is now exactly £1 million clear of second placed Wright at the top of the world rankings as he has racked up £1,723,000 in earnings. The Dutchman has really cemented his dominance over the sport in the past couple of years and rivals have been forced to endure plenty of his colourful celebrations in 2018.
Who is the current favourite to win the Premier League Darts?
Van Gerwen currently enjoys a two-point lead over Smith at the top of the table and he is the odds-on favourite to lift the trophy in the Premier League Darts betting odds. He looks nailed-on for a playoff spot and he will be a formidable force when that comes around.
Mighty Mike is the heavy favourite to win all the remaining tournaments this year, including the World Championship, the Grand Slam of Darts and the US Masters.
Last year he beat Wright 11-10 in a thrilling Premier League final, and the year before that he saw off the legendary Phil The Power Taylor is a one-sided 11-3 win. He has proved himself at the highest level and shown he has the mentality to deal with all sorts of high pressure situations, so he certainly deserves his favourite tag.
But he will not have an easy ride, because there are several excellent players in the mix. Smith has been superb and looks to have a great future ahead of him, while you never want to write off van Barneveld. Anderson is a former champion and second favourite Cross is always dangerous, and there is plenty of value in opposing van Gerwen.
Who has been the standout player so far?
At the risk of labouring the point, that would be van Gerwen. Smith is his closest competitor in the standings, and the Dutchman beat him 7-1 in round seven. Cross is the closest to van Gerwen in the betting, and he found himself on the wrong end of a 7-2 hiding when they met.
Mighty Mike has simply been on fire this season and he kept it up at the European Darts Open this week. He has won five Premier League matches in a row, so he has phenomenal momentum heading into second half of the season, which is a daunting prospect for his rivals.
Who has been this season’s surprise package?
It has to be Smith, who has been an absolute revelation in only his second season in the Premier League.
Bully Boy was handed a wildcard in 2016 and lost seven out of nine matches to finish bottom of the table after suffering regular drubbings. It was no surprise when he did not make the 2017 tournament, but he surged back into the reckoning this year and he has exceeded everyone’s expectations.
Smith has won five out of seven matches to leave him second in the standings, ahead of Cross on total points scored. His thumping 7-1 win against Wright in round six was the highlight, but victories over Whitlock, Suljovic, Gurney and Anderson were also hugely impressive.
Who is doing the best out of the British players?
Smith is from St Helens in Merseyside and he is level with another Englishman, Cross, on five wins apiece, so they are the best performing British players so far. They are both 27 and similarly experienced, but Smith is a lot higher in the world rankings and he is the second favourite to win the Premier League.
Smith is ranked 10th in the world, seven places below Cross, but he is climbing the ladder quickly. He is 13/1 to win the Premier League, leaving him behind van Gerwen, Cross and Anderson, but that looks a tempting set of odds.