Premier League Darts Betting – Week One, Dublin (7pm Thursday)

January 30, 2018 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ All,Darts

Dominance, Class and Longevity, the Unibet Premier League Darts has it all 

The Unibet Premier League, the 14th rendition of the competition gets underway in Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday 1st February 2018.  

Despite the retirement of Phil Taylor, the dominance of Michael van Gerwen, longevity of Raymond van Barneveld (who will be taking part in this competition for a remarkable 13th time) and all-round class of Gary Anderson, means there will be some familiar names at the top of the Premier League Darts betting odds lists.

Grand Slam of Darts betting

However, 12 months ago no one could have imagined Rob Cross would become PDC World Darts Champion; likewise that Daryl Gurney would win a major event.

So thankfully unpredictability in Darts remains intact. That thought will give some hope to Premier League Darts first timers Gerwyn Price and Mensur Suljovic who, like Daryl Gurney have made the 10-man Premier League Darts line-up for the 2018 edition.

Our Recommended Premier League Darts Bets

  • Most 180’s during the tournament:  Raymond van Barneveld 14/1 with SportingBet

  • First Elimination: Michael Smith 11/8 (2.38) with William Hill

New PL Darts Venue

As with every year since 2014 there are 16 venues although the tour has a leg in Germany for the very first time in 2018 with a visit to Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena on February 22nd.


Premier League Darts Format

The format remains unaltered however so, during the first nine weeks (phase 1) each player plays the other nine players once. At the conclusion of this phase the bottom two players in the league table are eliminated from the competition.

During the next six weeks (phase 2) each player plays the other seven players once. Phase 2 consists of four weeks where five matches are played followed by two weeks where four matches are played. At the end of phase 2, the top four players contest the two semi-finals and the final in the ‘play-off’ night in London’s O2 Arena.

All games are ‘best of 12’ format with 2 points awarded for a win and 1 point for a 6-6 draw. The semi-finals are ‘best of 19’ legs and the final is a ‘best of 21’ affair.

2018 Premier League Darts Betting Opportunities

The online sports books love Premier League Darts betting, it offers quick action and generates some considerable ‘in play’ and ‘cash out’ action.  

Obviously the ‘match winner’ markets are the most popular and, as with football, the possibility of a drawn match adds another dimension to the game.

There are ample PL Darts betting opportunities though, such as :

  • handicap markets,

  • highest checkouts,

  • number of match 180’s,

  • total number of legs,

  • head-to-head 180’s,

  • correct scores

  • and many more.

This Year’s Premier League Darts Tips

Michael van Gerwen (top-price 10/11 with William Hill) is making his sixth Unibet Premier League appearance and he has won the competition a remarkable three times already.  However, last year’s triumph came under near biblical circumstances.  In a race to 11 legs Peter Wright went clear by a 7-3 score-line but could not prevent the game going into a decisive final leg with the scores at 10-10.

In a classic case of a game not won by a player but lost by them, the Scotsman proceeded to lose the plot – courtesy of six missed darts to win the tournament – and gave the title to his Dutch rival.

While it is unthinkable MVG will not be at finals night, he is not unbeatable.  And how and of he recovers from a bruising semi-final World Championship defeat against Rob Cross remains to be seen.  Indeed, Cross is a fly in the ointment. Given he has risen from obscurity so quickly he could just as easily bomb from this competition as win it in exhibition style.  He is just 7/2 for outright glory.

In recent times Peter Wright (9/1 Betfred) has shown signs of being below par and his inability to seal the deal in finals is well documented.  While Anderson (11/2 at Ladbrokes) is not one for bottling on the big occasions but he too has been scoring under his best.

That’s the top four in the Premier League Darts betting in a nut shell. And it is a remarkable 40/1 about 2014 Premier League winner Raymond van Barneveld, 40/1 Daryl Gurney, 50/1 Mensur Suljovic, 80/1 Michael Smith, 100/1 Gerwyn Price and 200/1 the 2012 Premier League runner-up Simon Whitlock.

Premier League Darts Bets

It is unlikely there will be much movement in the ante-post lists given this unravels over 15 weeks before the ‘big four’ will go to war in a traditional darts game and there is also very little value (if any) in the outright betting lists.

However there is an opportunity with SportingBet who are going 14/1 about Raymond van Barneveld posting the most 180’s of the competition.  In registering 58 maximums last year the Dutchman finished second in the 180’s table (behind the prolific 180 scorer Dave Chisnall who is not in this year’s line-up) and it would be a surprise if a repeat of that score would not be good enough.

We also like the 11/8 (at William Hill) about Michael Smith being one of the first two players to be eliminated.  Smith, who is mentored by Gary Anderson – which could make things interesting when they meet – finished bottom of the Premier League when he played it in 2016 and he was pretty dreadful throughout the competition (one win and one draw from nine matches).

He may be world ranked 11 but that is based only on a series of ‘deep runs’.  Indeed only once in his career has he made it into a semi-final of a PDC premier event and that was the 2015 Grand Slam.  

While Whitlock, Price and Suljovic are rivals in the ‘first eliminated’ market they possess either bundles of back-class or regularly show glimpses of brilliance.

Our Recommended Premier League Darts Bets

  • Most 180’s during the tournament:  Raymond van Barneveld 14/1 with SportingBet

  • First Elimination: Michael Smith 11/8 (2.38) with William Hill