Michael van Gerwen Denies Wright Betway Premier League Glory

Michael van Gerwen Denies Wright Betway Premier League Glory

Michael van Gerwen Denies Wright Betway Premier League Glory
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MICHAEL VAN GERWEN punished six missed match darts from Peter Wright as he retained the Betway Premier League title on a remarkable finale to the 2017 season at The O2 in London on Thursday.

World number three Wright had looked set to mark his first appearance in the Premier League’s Play-offs by going all the way to glory when he followed up an amazing semi-final win over Phil Taylor by leading Van Gerwen 10-9.

However, six missed darts at double 16 and eight allowed Van Gerwen to level and force a deciding leg, which he began with a ninth 180 of the final and ended with an 88 finish for a 12-dart winning leg.

The triumph earned Van Gerwen a tournament record £250,000 first prize – plus a £25,000 league leader’s bonus after topping the regular season’s league table for a fifth straight year – and saw him win a third Premier League title.

Van Gerwen had begun the night with a 10-7 win over Gary Anderson as the world’s top two ranked players clashed at the semi-final stage.

Van Gerwen had pulled clear from seven-all to claim his spot in the decider, despite Anderson firing in seven 180s and a 160 checkout, before then seeing Wright and Taylor fight out a tension-filled 19-leg semi-final.

Wright led 4-0 and took out 120 for a 6-3 cushion before Taylor reeled off four straight legs to move himself ahead.

Taylor also led 9-8, but was left to rue a missed match dart at tops as Wright levelled before winning the decider to end the 56-year-old legend’s hopes of winning a seventh Premier League title in his farewell to the event.

Wright carried that momentum into the final as he took leads of 3-0 and 5-1 with the aid of two key breaks of throw, and after Van Gerwen hit back in leg seven the Scot fired in legs of 11 and 14 darts to open up a 7-2 cushion.

Van Gerwen took the next two to kick-start his challenge, before an 11-darter featured the first of six 180s in as many legs as the reigning champion fought back to level at eight-all.

Wright took the 17th as he replied to a Van Gerwen maximum with one of his own before taking out 84 to lead 9-8, and a 96 finish then moved him 10-9 up and within touching distance of the title.

Wright then opened the 20th leg with scores of 140, 180 and 149 to leave 32 after nine darts, only to miss a dart at double 16 and five darts at double eight for glory.

Van Gerwen hit double ten to force a deciding leg, opening up with a huge 180 against the throw before taking out 88 for a 12-darter as double four completed a brilliant fightback.

“It’s a fantastic moment for me,” said Van Gerwen. “I think that was a great final and I’m really glad I can walk away with this trophy again.

“I missed a few chances and Peter finished well, he did what he had to do but after the break I played really well and I had a great comeback.

“Peter started playing well again and I don’t know how he missed six darts for the match. A player of his quality normally hits the double, but for some reason he missed them. This was a really crazy game.

“Peter was really close today but I kept myself relaxed and stepped in at the right moment. It’s been great, absolutely fantastic.”

Wright takes home £120,000 as the runner-up, having fallen agonisingly short of winning his second televised title, following March’s success in the UK Open which is one of seven tournament wins so far in 2017.

“Well done to the champion, fair play to Michael,” said Wright. “It’s been a good season, the top two players finished one and two.

“By the end of tonight that’s gone, and Michael will know I’ve let him off.

“I can’t believe I missed so many darts at a double. You can’t have five darts at a double to beat the number one in the world and double World Champion, and it’s something I’ve got to learn.

“I’ll go back to the practice board and then get him next time. At the moment I think I should have won, but that’s gone and I’ll start to think about the next tournament.

“You’ve got to learn to lose before you win, and I’m not going to lose any more – the wins are coming.”

Taylor’s semi-final defeat was his last of 207 Premier League appearances since he led the inception of the event in 2005, with his wins in the first four years followed by further titles in 2010 and 2012.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on a final title, Taylor said: “I’m fine – I had my chances and didn’t take them.

“The crowd gave me so much inspiration, and it was just a couple of shots that I missed, that’s all.

“I went in front and then went nervous – I could feel my heart beating – maybe because it’s my last one. Peter was the better player, I can’t fault him; he held his bottle and hit the right shot at the right time.”

Betway Premier League Play-Offs
Thursday May 18, The O2, London
Michael van Gerwen 10-7 Gary Anderson
Peter Wright 10-9 Phil Taylor

Michael van Gerwen 11-10 Peter Wright

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2017 Premier League play-offs preview.
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Who will be crowned 2017 PL champion?

The 2017 betway Premier League play-offs are finally upon us, after 15 gruelling and entertaining weeks of top quality darting action!

Just four men remain – Michael van Gerwen, Peter Wright, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson (in table order) – and between them have 10 titles in this competition, with just Snakebite hunting for his first.

Defending champion MVG and fellow two-time PL winner The Flying Scotsman take to the oche first in a colossal opening clash. While, in-form play-offs debutant Wright and retiring six-time victor The Power will face off in the other semi-final.

No player has beaten the other twice this Premier League season, which makes the occasion all the more intriguing, as they all aim to claim the prestigious trophy and £250k prize.

So, read on as Sam Barnard provides a 2017 Premier League play-offs preview for Darts World, while TheRedBit has come up with some detailed photo stats.

Note that the semis are now first to 10 legs, and the final is first to 11.

Get ready for Finals Night too by taking our Premier League participants quiz, as well as checking out our overall regular season analysis.

Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson

Van Gerwen beat Anderson in their previous PL semi, but lost in the 2015 final to the Scotsman.
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Anderson will have been left kicking himself after letting Taylor finish above him in the table, as he now faces Anderson in the semis instead. Though, at least he has the chance to knock the reigning champion out early.

This is the second week in succession the duo go head-to-head in the PL, as Mighty Mike won 7-4 last time out in Aberdeen. Both averaged over 100, and fans at the O2 will be hoping for a similar quality match-up by both this Thursday.

In 11 Premier League meetings, MvG is 6-3 up (with two draws), but they drew earlier this season. Scotsman Anderson won their most crucial duel of them all 11-7 in the 2015 final to claim his second title, though lost the only time they faced off in the semis (in 2014, 8-7).

Van Gerwen has the outstanding record of now having topped the league in all five seasons he’s played in, and has reached the final every year too – meaning the Dutchman’s never lost a semi-final!

Anderson, meanwhile, may not have been in as consistent form this campaign, finishing fourth, but did manage the second-highest overall average – with 102.16 – behind only Mighty Mike.

Whatever the outcome, expect there to be only a couple legs in it, as well as 180s galore!

Peter Wright v Phil Taylor

Will in-form Wright reach the final? Or does Taylor have one more Major title triumph in him?
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This duo are not as rapid throwers as Van Gerwen or Anderson, but can still produce a match of similar quality.

Wright has finally made it to the play-offs at the fourth time of asking, while Taylor will be aiming to reach the final for an incredible ninth time in 13 years.

The Power may have a superior 20-9 career record over Snakebite, but the Scot has lost only one of their seven Premier League meetings – with three wins and as many draws. Taylor’s only PL victory against Wright came earlier this season (7-5), but he then lost to him 7-3 in Week 13.

With the all-time great retiring at the start of 2018, this duo’s career peaks are at completely opposite ends. Snakebite finally won his first Major (the UK Open) this year, and looks as though he’ll claim many more, while The Power’s only singles TV title since 2014 was the Champions League of Darts – which is not classified as a Major – last September.

You’d have to say that Wright, therefore, has the edge in this semi-final, as his odds with bookmakers also suggest.

But you just never know with Taylor, who’ll be determined to claim one last notable trophy before he hangs up his arrows. He is, after all, the only one of this year’s semi-finalists to have beaten Van Gerwen in the league this season – the other was Raymond van Barneveld.

Player statistics

Player thoughts

Van Gerwen: “It’s time for business now. I feel good and I know I’m playing well – I had a good game when I had to play well last against Gary and I have to do the same tomorrow night.

“They know what they have to do to beat me if they want to win the tournament, but I need to make sure I hold them off by playing some good darts and putting them under pressure.

“It’s four good players and you can’t let them have a sniff of the trophy, because if you give them a finger they will take your hand. I want to win the trophy again and it would be really special if I can.”

Anderson: “It would be nice to win it again and if I play well I’ve got a good chance.

“You’ve got to beat everyone that’s in front of you and whoever turns up on the night is going to walk away with the trophy.

“It’s always going to be hard anyway but it’s going to be interesting because it’s Phil’s last, it’s Peter’s first time here and both me and Michael have won it twice, so it’s all to play for.”

Wright: “I’ve been close to the Play-offs before but I’ve made it this time, and I want to go and win the Premier League now. I’ve seen these great guys win it in recent years and I want to be one of those great guys too.

“To be in the top four alongside Phil, Michael and Gary is immense and I’m really happy with how the season has gone.

“I’m still learning and there are times this year that I’ve changed things to improve too. I’ve learned a lot over the years and I know how to beat people now, especially Michael because he’s the man we all want to beat.

“You have to believe in your own ability and that what you do on the practice board you can do on the stage against him and anyone else in the world.”

Taylor: “Getting into the top four has been the aim all year so I’m delighted to have got through and I’d love to go on and win this now, but there’s no pressure on me.

“Peter’s been in brilliant form all year so I know what to expect, but this is his first time in the semi-finals so I don’t know how he’s feeling.

“I’ve approached the whole season in the same way and I’ll go up there to enjoy myself. It would be fantastic if I could win this title again, the perfect way to finish in the Premier League.”

Betway odds

Tournament winner
4/7 Michael van Gerwen
9/2 Peter Wright
5/1 Gary Anderson
11/1 Phil Taylor

Semi-final match odds
1/3 Michael van Gerwen v 9/4 Gary Anderson
8/15 Peter Wright v 6/4 Phil Taylor

Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy of www.betway.com. Subject to fluctuation.

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2017 Premier League season stats.

Betway Premier League – 2017 Season Stats

2017 Premier League season stats.
Check out our in-depth 2017 Premier League season stats, of all 10 players.
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Ahead of the 2017 betway Premier League Darts play-offs this Thursday at London’s O2 Arena, check out some intriguing stats from the regular season with Darts World.

@TheRedBit180 provides in-depth analysis for all 10 players’ scoring, checkouts and efficiency throughout the 15 previous weeks.

From doubles percentages and 180s thrown, to a more detailed maximums per leg averages and more, we have it all below. Enjoy!

Betway Premier League – Week 15 Post Match Statistics

MICHAEL VAN GERWEN defeated Gary Anderson 7-4 to top the Betway Premier League table for a fifth successive season, as Phil Taylor claimed the final Play-Off place on Thursday in Aberdeen.

Peter Wright’s 7-1 win over Raymond van Barneveld at the GE Oil & Gas Arena had left Van Gerwen needing to defeat Anderson if the Dutchman was to claim the £25,000 League Winner’s Bonus.

Premier League Week 15 preview.

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Can Wright topple MvG? Find out in our Premier League Week 15 preview.
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Top spot and 4th place still up for grabs!

Aberdeen’s GE Oil & Gas Arena hosts the final night before the 2017 Premier League play-offs on May 18.

While the top four is all-but secured, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall are the main talking points, as they still have outside chances of finishing first and fourth respectively.

Snakebite is just one point and five legs behind Michael van Gerwen, meaning he needs fellow Scot Gary Anderson to do him a favour against MvG. Meanwhile, Chisnall is two points and 10 legs off Phil Taylor, so has to win well and hope The Power suffers a big defeat.

Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Adrian Lewis are also in action this Thursday, but are now simply fighting for pride and to finish as high as they can.

Read on as Sam Barnard provides a Premier League Week 15 preview, in order of play, while TheRedBit provides some detailed photo stats…

Dave Chisnall v James Wade

Chizzy – unbeaten in his last six – has a chance to immediately put pressure on Taylor, if he beats Wade. A draw or loss will not be good enough.

Basically, if Chisnall concedes four or more legs, then it’s all over. If he triumphs 7-3, Taylor can afford to lose 7-1 to Lewis.

But 2009 Premier League champion Wade will certainly be no pushover, boasting an 11-9 win record over his fellow Englishman and now with no pressure on him.

Chizzy can take confidence in the fact that he’s beaten The Machine in their last three meetings, though, and will have to try and play at a similar standard to when he defeated Wade 7-1 in this competition in 2015 – the year he reached the semis.

Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis

If Chisnall does put the pressure on Taylor, then his former protege Lewis has the chance to make life very difficult for the six-time PL winner.

Just a point for The Power, though, will be enough to see him through to yet another play-offs night.

The retiring all-time great needs only four legs to secure his place, but will need to be careful because he’s been beaten by Jackpot with fewer legs than that three times in the Premier League before.

Taylor’s also lost his last two duels with Lewis, including last time out in this event 7-4.

But surely, after upsetting Van Gerwen last week, we’ll be seeing The Power at the O2 Arena again.

Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld

Onto the next two intriguing battles, again it is the player behind in their race who can pile the pressure on first – Wright on this occasion.

Snakebite also has a much better chance than Chisnall of achieving his goal in Week 15, as a win or draw puts him in with an opportunity of finishing the season in first. And, thus gain the £25k bonus.

If Wright draws, he can top the league if Van Gerwen loses 7-1 or 7-0. While, if the Scotsman wins 7-2, 7-3, 7-4 or 7-5, MvG only needs a draw.

Wright has arguably been the form player of 2017, and has the mental edge going into the night in Aberdeen for a couple of reasons.

Not only is he playing in front of his home crowd, but the Scot also recently destroyed Van Gerwen 6-0 in the European Grand Prix final last weekend.

On top of that, Snakebite’s only lost to Barney once in six Premier League meetings – though did draw four of them.

Van Barneveld may have a trick or two up his sleeve, however, as he’ll look to end his losing run of four.

Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson

The final match of the evening may or may not be a dead rubber, but any battle between the PDC’s number one and two ranked players is not to be missed.

This duo have claimed the last two Premier League and World Championship titles, and Anderson will relish playing in front of his home crowd.

Van Gerwen may have only lost one of his previous eight meetings with The Flying Scotsman, but that defeat was their most recent at a Players Championship event in late April.

They also drew in their last PL fixture, which could ultimately be fatal for Van Gerwen in his quest to finish first in all five campaigns he’s now taken part in.

Player thoughts

Chisnall: “I’m relying on other results but I’m still in with a chance and it should be exciting.

“It’s been good in recent weeks and I’ve been feeling great. I’ve been playing well for a while now so we’ll see what happens this week and hopefully I can play well again.

“James is a top quality player, one of the best finishers in the game and I can’t give him a chance. I’ve given people some chances recently and they’ve take it and I can’t afford to do that with James.”

Taylor: “I’m in a good position but I’ve still got to perform. I’m trying to get to The O2 and if I get there then it will be fantastic to be involved.

“I’m not banking on anything because Adrian could come out and put in a massive performance – there’s no pressure on him now that he can’t qualify.”

Wright: “I’m feeling really good. It’s nice not to have the pressure on, having qualified with two weeks to go, but I still want to finish top – Michael’s the best player in the game at the moment but I’m trying to push him.

“I need to beat Barney to try and get that top spot and I’m looking at the two points.

“Playing Barney in Scotland will be huge because the crowd treat him like one of their own. It should be a fantastic match with loads of noise from the crowd and singing because Aberdeen’s a great crowd so I’m looking forward to it.”

Van Gerwen: “Last year was fantastic in Aberdeen and it’s a great memory for me, but I have to focus on this week’s game because Gary’s in good form.

“He’s won his last couple of matches so I know I’ve got to prepare myself. My aim was to finish top and it’s still in my hands, so I’ll do everything I can to achieve it this week.”

Anderson: “I’ve got wins when I’ve needed to in the last two weeks and it’s all about getting into the top four, but it will be really good to play Michael.

“If I turn up, Michael knows what game he’s going to get, and it’s the same the other way around too.

“He’s in my country now and I’m looking forward to it. I played Barney in Holland this year and it was great to see the support behind him, and hopefully it will be the same for me too this week.

“We don’t get too many events in Scotland so it’s always good to get back up there because the crowds are brilliant.”

Betway Odds

Tournament winner
1/2 Michael van Gerwen
4/1 Peter Wright
11/2 Gary Anderson
10/1 Phil Taylor
80/1 Dave Chisnall

Week 15 match betting
4/5 Dave Chisnall
7/2 Draw
5/2 James Wade

4/5 Phil Taylor
7/2 Draw
5/2 Adrian Lewis

4/5 Peter Wright
7/3 Draw
5/2 Raymond van Barneveld

4/5 Michael van Gerwen
7/2 Draw
3/1 Phil Taylor

Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy of www.betway.com. Odds subject to fluctuation.

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Betway Premier League – Week 14 Report

Betway Premier League – Week 14 Report

Betway Premier League – Week 14 Report
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Gary Anderson secured his Premier League play-off place with victory over James Wade, whilst Phil Taylor took a huge step to sealing his qualification with a magnificent victory over Michael van Gerwen, on a dramatic night of action at the Sheffield Arena on Thursday evening.

Two-time Premier League winner Anderson will join Van Gerwen and Peter Wright in the semi-finals, after recording a hard-fought win over James Wade- his third league victory in four matches. It wasn’t a vintage display from the Scot, but he prevailed in a tussle marred by missed doubles.

Anderson won five of the opening six legs, before defying a revival from ‘The Machine’ to triumph 7-3. ‘The Flying Scotsman’ averaged 94.32, landed four maximums and converted seven of his 25 attempts at double, as Wade was punished for averaging 87.35 and squandering fourteen of his seventeen attempts at double.

Six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor took a huge step towards sealing his play-off qualification with a stunning victory over Michael van Gerwen. The world champion had the opportunity to mathematically guarantee top spot with victory over ‘The Power’, but the Stoke-on-Trent veteran produced a vintage display to spoil the party.

Van Gerwen averaged 102.99 and landed three maximums, but he was punished for uncharacteristic profligacy as Taylor won six of the remaining seven legs to triumph with a 100.41 average, three maximums and an excellent 50% checkout success rate.

Taylor pounced on three missed doubles from MvG to clinch the opening leg, but ‘Mighty Mike’ responded with back-to-back legs to hit the front. Nevertheless, Taylor levelled with a brilliant 96 outshot (S20, D18, D20), before capitalising on further misses from MvG to pin D16 and regain the initiative.

The 16-time world champion fired in his second maximum to secure his third straight leg with an 11-darter, before converting a vital 90 finish to exploit further missed doubles from ‘The Green Machine’.

Taylor then pinned D6 to guarantee himself a point and although MvG finally stopped the rot, ‘The Power’ returned to close out a sublime victory in the following leg. The 56-year-old admitted: “I think the 90 finish won me the game in the end and it’s another two points. To play Michael and beat him is a massive buzz.”

Elsewhere, Dave Chisnall’s remarkable run continues, as he produced a blistering display to end Raymond van Barneveld’s top-four hopes. The St Helen’s ace averaged 109.36, fired in four maximums and converted 39% of his double attempts, to extend his unbeaten run to six matches, as Van Barneveld lost out despite averaging 100.65.

Van Barneveld drew first blood in a dramatic opening leg which saw three maximums hit- two by Chisnall. However, ‘Chizzy’ fired back after following up a visit of 174 by pinning D5. The next two legs both went with throw, before Chisnall secured the first break of throw after powering in a magical 142 checkout.

Chisnall sealed his third straight leg after Van Barneveld missed the bull for an instant break back, before the legendary Dutchman found D8 to reduce the arrears to 4-3; having crashed in his third maximum earlier in the leg. Barney then found D8 once more to level up proceedings, before ‘Chizzy’ regained the initiative on tops.

‘The Yellow Peril’ guaranteed himself a point after following up his fourth maximum by picking out D10, but the five-time world champion responded and forced a decider after dispatching a nerveless 70 kill. Nevertheless, Chisnall maintained his composure to take out a crucial 64 outshot to preserve his play-off hopes.

Peter Wright ended Adrian Lewis’ slender play-off hopes after reeling off five consecutive legs to round off an emphatic 7-2 victory. Snakebite trails Van Gerwen by the solitary point after the Dutchman’s loss to Taylor, therefore the Scot can still become just the third player in Premier League history to finish top of the league table.

Wright established an early cushion after winning the opening two legs inside 27 darts, but Lewis fought back impressively to level. Nevertheless, the Scot landed a maximum in the fifth leg to regain the lead, before capitalising on missed doubles from ‘Jackpot’ to secure a 4-2 lead.

Lewis was struggling for consistency and Wright took full advantage; winning the remaining three legs to close out a comprehensive 7-2 win, with a 100.53 average. Lewis fired in three maximums, but averaged just 92.80 and converted 22% of his double attempts, as his fourth consecutive defeat ended his slender play-off hopes.

Betway Premier League
Night 14 – Thursday May 4
The Sheffield Arena
Peter Wright 7-2 Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveld 5-7 Dave Chisnall
James Wade 3-7 Gary Anderson
Michael van Gerwen 3-7 Phil Taylor

League Table

P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
Michael van Gerwen (Q) 15 9 4 2 +29 34 22
Peter Wright (Q) 15 9 3 3 +24 28 21
Gary Anderson (Q) 15 7 4 4 +15 35 18
Phil Taylor 15 7 3 5 +5 32 17
Dave Chisnall 15 6 3 6 -5 25 15
Raymond van Barneveld 15 6 2 7 -4 26 14
Adrian Lewis 15 6 1 8 -12 25 13
James Wade 15 5 2 8 -13 23 12
Jelle Klaasen (E) 9 1 1 7 -16 15 3
Kim Huybrechts (E) 9 0 3 6 -23 11 3
Premier League Week 14 preview.

Betway Premier League – Week 14 Preview and Stats

Premier League Week 14 preview.
Anderson, who hopes to secure a play-off place this week, features in our Premier League Week 14 preview.
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Anderson and Taylor can secure last play-off places

There are now just two more rounds of fixtures to go in the 2017 Premier League until the play-offs are decided, and Week 14 is not to be missed with potentially a final ever official meeting between Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor the highlight of the night in Sheffield.

Fans at the Yorkshire venue are also treated to three more battles before, as all eight players are still in with a chance of finishing in the top four.

Peter Wright, who has already ensured his ticket to the O2 Arena on May 18, takes on Adrian Lewis, Raymond van Barneveld and Dave Chisnall face each other in a likely win or bust clash, while Gary Anderson can secure a play-off place too by beating James Wade.

Read on as Sam Barnard provides a Premier League Week 14 preview, in order of play, while TheRedBit provides us with some detailed photo stats…

Peter Wright v Adrian Lewis

Snakebite still has an outside chance of finishing top of the table, and claiming the £25,000 bonus, but has to win his last two matches and hope that Van Gerwen loses both.

Even if that may now seem out of reach, he’ll certainly give it his all – as he always does – and will relish facing Lewis, who he’s beaten in each of their last four meetings.

Wright also comes into this duel in great form, having recently won the German Open, before reaching the Players Championship 10 final and hitting a nine-darter along the way.

Jackpot will have to rely on his overall 17-12 win record over Snakebite, and Week 11’s nine-dart hero will need a first victory over the Scot since the World Matchplay last summer if he’s to stand a chance of qualifying for the play-offs.

Raymond van Barneveld v Dave Chisnall

The loser of this match-up will likely be out of play-off contention – particularly Chisnall who sits a point behind the fifth-placed Dutchman.

Barney and Chizzy have enjoyed a win apiece over the other this year, in The Masters and Premier League respectively, and it is the latter that goes into this clash in the better form.

The Englishman came back from the dead to go on a five-match unbeaten run in this competition and now just two points off the top four.

Van Barneveld, on the other hand, has lost his last three, but you can never count out the legendary Dutchman, who’ll surely have one or two more magical performances left in him this PL campaign.

A draw could be on the cards.

James Wade v Gary Anderson

Anderson can all-but secure his place at the O2 Arena with a win over Wade, as he looks to reclaim the Premier League title.

The Flying Scotsman has not been at his best this year, but may have peaked at the right time of the PL season after most recently defeating Wright in the Players Championship 10 final, and playing some top darts along the way.

He’s undefeated against Wade in their last four meetings, but drew to him in Week 4.

Two more wins may not even be enough for Wade to qualify, but his quotes below suggest that he’s practically given up hope.

Michael van Gerwen v Phil Taylor

Darts’ two best players in history, in terms of ability, have faced off 57 times since Taylor beat a young Van Gerwen way back in 2006, at a Players Championship event in Holland.

But this may be their final ever meeting, in official tournaments anyway, as The Power seems certain to retire this time after the PDC 2018 World Championship.

Taylor has shown this year that he still has what it takes to beat the best and win tournaments, but his desire and ruthlessness is certainly fading.

Recent comments from MvG suggesting the all-time great should’ve retired two years ago may fire The Power up for one last determined showdown to finish on a high against the deadly Dutchman.

With three wins in his last four tussles with Van Gerwen, Taylor can certainly trouble the young pretender and can also secure a top four berth if other results go his way.

Get ready for this one, with sparks set to fly!

Player thoughts

Check out what some of the stars in Sheffield have to say ahead of Week 14…

Wright: “I’ve got two games to play and I want to take four points and push Michael for that top spot. I’m looking to finish top and I’ve been working hard on the practice board to get myself ready for this.

“I’m looking forward to it because Adrian’s a fantastic player and he showed with his nine-darter a few weeks ago how good he can be.”

Chisnall: “I’m still in with a shout and I’ll prepare myself like I have for the last few weeks.

“If I could have started the league like I’m ending it I’d probably be top, but I still think I can get through. Raymond’s a great player so I’ll just keep playing my own game and hopefully I can keep getting the results.”

Anderson: “I’m playing okay and I’m happy with where I am in the table but obviously I want to win on Thursday and make sure I get in the play-offs.

“It’s tight in the table and every point’s crucial. I’m looking forward to the last couple of weeks because James is still fighting and he’ll be up for it, but so will I.”

Wade: “I am where I am in the table but it might be too late now. There’s a chance but you should never leave it this late or put yourself in this position.

“I started the season okay and it hasn’t gone so well in the latter stages, but there are no excuses.

“I want to be an inconvenience to the other players who need the points, and if I can get two wins then that’s great. The standard has been spectacular this season and the lads are giving the crowds something special to watch.”

Van Gerwen: “I’m feeling great and it’s good that I qualified, but I want to make sure I finish top of the table so I want to keep my form going.

“I know if I win I will finish top so I’m aiming for that against Phil. It’s never easy against him but I’m confident and playing well.”

Taylor: “Getting into the top four has been the target all season and it would be great if I can make it into the semi-finals.

“Even though I’m fourth it’s really tight, so I’ve just got to try and get the result against Michael. I love playing against him and it should be another good match.”

Betway Odds

Tournament winner
1/2 Michael van Gerwen
9/2 Peter Wright
11/2 Gary Anderson
20/1 Phil Taylor
33/1 Raymond van Barneveld
80/1 Adrian Lewis
100/1 Dave Chisnall
250/1 James Wade

Week 14 match betting
8/11 Peter Wright
7/2 Draw
3/1 Adrian Lewis

13/10 Raymond van Barneveld
7/2 Draw
6/4 Dave Chisnall

4/1 James Wade
4/1 Draw
8/15 Gary Anderson

1/3 Michael van Gerwen
11/2 Draw
11/2 Phil Taylor

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Peter Wright quiz.

Betway Premier League – Week 13 Report

Betway Premier League – Week 13 Report


MICHAEL VAN GERWEN and Peter Wright qualified for the Betway Premier League Play-Offs at The Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham on Thursday, as Gary Anderson claimed a key win over Raymond van Barneveld.

Reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen followed up a draw with Dave Chisnall with a whitewash over Adrian Lewis to continue his challenge to claim a third title in the event.

The Dutchman now sits three points clear of Wright in the bid to claim the £25,000 League Winner’s Bonus with two weeks of the regular season remaining.

Van Gerwen’s opening game of his double-header saw him come from 6-3 down to deny Dave Chisnall a third straight victory as he Englishman paid the price for missing three match darts.

Van Gerwen took out 84 and 87 to share the opening four legs, but Chisnall took the next three to pull clear and landed double one in leg nine to secure at least a point.

Double eight kept Van Gerwen in the game before he capitalised on three misses at double 18 from Chisnall in the next to force a deciding leg, which saw the Dutchman fire in a 180 before finishing double four for a 13-darter to share the spoils.

The World Champion later returned to the stage to complete only the eighth whitewash in the history of the Premier League, averaging almost 111 in a sensational 7-0 rout of Adrian Lewis.

Van Gerwen hit 180s in each of the first three legs as he pulled clear of Lewis, whose missed doubles in the next two legs allowed the Dutchman to consolidate his advantage at 5-0.

The league leader then took out a pair of 14-darters to complete the whitewash, securing his place in the semi-finals next month and moving himself a step closer to the League Winner’s Bonus.

“It’s been a good evening for me,” said a happy Van Gerwen. “To go home with three points is good and I think I made a great night of it at the end with the win over Adrian.

“It was a fantastic performance and I played phenomenal against Adrian – I came alive and everything clicked.

“The first step is getting into the Play-Offs and the biggest step is at The O2, and I want to keep this going now. I’m feeling good and I’m playing really well.”


The night in Birmingham also saw Wright secure his Play-Off place by defeating Phil Taylor 7-3 win – leaving the six-time champion clinging on to his own top-four spot.

Taylor followed up 180s in the opening two legs with a 93 finish in the third to lead 2-1, but Wright levelled and then took out clinical checkouts of 104, 116 and 96 in successive legs to move 5-2 up.

Taylor shared the next two, but a missed bull in the tenth leg allowed Wright to take out 78 to secure a precious two points.

“The plan was just to try and win my game tonight, regardless of what happens with qualifying,” said Wright. “I wasn’t great but I didn’t play as well as I wanted to tonight but I got the win.

“My finishing was good but I wasn’t really happy with my scoring, but it’s always hard to beat Phil so I’m pleased with that.

“It’s amazing where I’ve come to, I used to be 5/1 against Phil and I was odds-on today, but it’s down to the hard work I’ve done.

“I want to win my last two games and push for that top spot and challenge Michael, and then try and win the final at The O2. I want to push Michael and I’m not happy being second to him, I want to beat him.”

Gary Anderson gained a key victory in his bid to secure a top-four finish and challenge for a third Premier League title as he overcame Raymond van Barneveld 7-4.

After starting with a 13-darter, Anderson moved into leads of 3-0 and 4-1 – the latter aided by a 161 checkout – only to see Van Barneveld hit back to level with three in a row of his own.

Three misses from the Dutchman in leg nine, though, allowed Anderson to land double eight to regain the lead before he took out the next two to move into third spot in the table.

“It’s two points and I’m always happy to get the win,” said Anderson. “It could have been a better performance but I hit the important doubles in the end.

“I got well in front against Phil last week and then fell asleep and I nearly did it again, so I need to finish people off when I get ahead like that – but I got the job done in the end.”

James Wade kept alive his feint Play-Off hopes with a 7-4 win over Lewis in the night’s opening fixture, although the 2009 champion sits three points adrift of the top four with two games remaining.

Although Lewis led in the opening leg, Wade hit back with finishes of 70, 66 and 100 as he led 4-3, with the Stoke ace levelling in the eighth but missing doubles in the next two legs as the left-hander pulled away for the win.

“I played okay and did enough to win, and that’s what I strive to do,” said Wade. “Adrian was below par tonight.

“It’s two more points and it’s a shame I didn’t do this a few weeks ago. I’ve played poorly but I’m still enjoying it. This will be too little, too late, but hopefully I can do myself justice in the next two games.

“In my eyes, it’s not possible for me to qualify – I might have left it too late but I can spoil it for the other players who need the points.”

Chisnall’s draw with Van Gerwen extended his unbeaten run to five matches, although it was the third time that the former semi-finalist had squandered match darts during that run.

However, he sits just two points behind Taylor going into the season’s final fortnight, as he bids to claim a second semi-final spot.

“It’s a point lost,” admitted Chisnall. “I had shots to win the match and I’m really disappointed, but it’s not a defeat.

“I had the chance at the 36 and didn’t take it, and Michael did what he does and came back. I had some chances early on that I took, but you have to hit your doubles against Michael.

“I’ve got to win my next two matches and see if the results go for me, because it’s very close. I’m still in it and I’ve not lost in five games now, and I still think I can get through to The O2.”

The Betway Premier League season continues next Thursday at The Sheffield Arena, with the four matches including Van Gerwen against Taylor, Wright against Lewis, Chisnall taking on Van Barneveld and Anderson meeting Wade.

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Betway Premier League
Night 13 – Thursday April 27
Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

James Wade 7-4 Adrian Lewis
Dave Chisnall 6-6 Michael van Gerwen
Phil Taylor 3-7 Peter Wright
Gary Anderson 7-4 Raymond van Barneveld
Adrian Lewis 0-7 Michael van Gerwen


League Table

P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
Michael van Gerwen (Q) 14 9 4 1 +33 33 22
Peter Wright (Q) 14 8 3 3 +19 25 19
Gary Anderson 14 6 4 4 +11 32 16
Phil Taylor 14 6 3 5 +1 29 15
Raymond van Barneveld 14 6 2 6 -2 25 14
Adrian Lewis 14 6 1 7 -7 24 13
Dave Chisnall 14 5 3 6 -7 23 13
James Wade 14 5 2 7 -9 22 12
Jelle Klaasen (E) 9 1 1 7 -16 15 3
Kim Huybrechts (E) 9 0 3 6 -23 11 3
Premier League Week 13 preview.

Betway Premier League – Week 13 preview

Premier League Week 13 preview.
MvG features twice in our Premier League Week 13 preview, as he aims to secure top spot.
Photo: Michael Cooper/PDC

Birmingham fans in for a real treat

Every night in the Premier League special, but Birmingham darts fans in Week 13 are certainly lucky to be treated with a number of mouthwatering matches.

Perhaps the most in-form player in 2017 Peter Wright goes up against all-time great Phil Taylor, superstar crowd favourites Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson lock horns and double PDC world champions Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis round off what promises to be a fantastic evening.

On top of that, MvG and Jackpot battle earlier on in the session too, against a resurgent Dave Chisnall and 2009 PL champion James Wade respectively.

Just four more weeks remain until the play-offs on May 18, but there is still plenty to play for, with Van Gerwen aiming to secure top spot this Thursday, while it is mathematically possible for any of the eight remaining stars to finish in the top four.

Read on as Sam Barnard provides a Premier League Week 13 preview, in order of play…

James Wade v Adrian Lewis

Quite simply, a loss for Wade against Lewis will mean he can’t make the play-offs.

The Machine will be able to take heart from the fact that he beat Jackpot 7-4 in Week 3 this year, but was defeated in their last meeting at the UK Open and has lost six of their last eight tussles.

Lewis could jump from sixth into the play-offs if results go his way, and his Premier League form is far more promising than Wade’s.

“It’s a massive night and I’m looking forward to it,” said Lewis, who later also plays Van Gerwen in Birmingham. “It’s so tight in the league but I know if I can win both games I’ll be in a really good position.

“I’ve been playing well and I know I can beat both James and Michael, but it’s up to me to go out there and do it on Thursday.”

Dave Chisnall v Michael van Gerwen

Next up is Van Gerwen, who plays twice this week too, and the rapidly improved Chisnall.

Expect 180s galore in this match, with MvG gunning to secure first place for the fifth successive year (plus the £25,000 bonus) and Chizzy on a four-match unbeaten run to put himself back into play-off contention.

Mighty Mike has won each of his last 14 head-to-heads with the Englishman, but Chisnall should put in a better showing than his 7-1 loss to the Dutchman in Week 9.

“I always go into games against Michael full of confidence but I don’t know what happens with him, but I’m going to be doing my best,” said Chisnall.

“I’ve got three matches to go and there’s six points up for grabs, and if I can keep playing like I did in Belfast then I can pick up six points. I scored well last week but I also finished well too and took my chances.”

Phil Taylor v Peter Wright

No one has been in higher confidence of late than Snakebite, and the Scotsman can finally finish in the play-offs with a win in Birmingham.

However, it just so happens that he takes on six-time Premier League champion Taylor, who has won both their meetings this year.

Surely recent 2017 German Open champion Wright can avoid another defeat, though?

“There are only three games left and I’m in a good position but it’s not over yet so I’ve got to carry on trying to win,” Snakebite said.

“Phil beat me last time we played, but I want to get him back this week. He’s so relaxed that he doesn’t care, and that’s why he’s dangerous now.

“He’s going to be a major threat to the title. He’s not rolling over because it’s his last year, he’s up there with the attitude to fight for every leg so hats off to him.”

Gary Anderson v Raymond van Barneveld

Barney finally stopped an 11-match losing streak against Anderson when he saw off the Scot in front of a partisan Dutch crowd in Week 7, and it’ll no doubt be another intriguing duel.

The duo are both on 14 points, with The Flying Scotsman just edging Van Barneveld out of the play-offs on leg-difference, so it could certainly go the distance.

Any result is possible in this match.

“It’s very hard to predict what will happen in this Premier League,” said Van Barneveld. “All I can do is think about my game and prepare as well as I can because the standard is so high.

“If I win my last three games then I will make the play-offs, and that’s what I’m aiming to do.”

Adrian Lewis v Michael van Gerwen

To top off the evening, Lewis and Van Gerwen give the crowd one last spectacle to cheer about.

Jackpot knows he can cause Mighty Mike problems too, having beaten him in their last meeting at a Players Championship event this month, while they also drew in the Premier League earlier this year.

Again, anything can happen, but you’d have to fancy MvG to edge it.

“Four points is my target,” said Van Gerwen. “You never know what’s going to happen – Adrian is playing good darts at the moment and Dave played well last week, but I want to make sure I get four points and make sure I’m clear at the top of the table so no-one can catch me.

“I want to be top of the table and that’s where I am. I’ve done this for every year I’ve been in the Premier League and I want to keep it going.

“I’ve got to remain focused and I don’t want to make any mistakes, and it doesn’t look like I will because I’m playing really well. I’m playing always over the 100 average now so I’ve raised my game to a standard no-one has touched.

“I love to play well and perform really good, and that keeps me motivated. I feel good and I want to make the difference with these two games.”

Betway odds

Tournament winner
4/9 Michael van Gerwen
5/1 Peter Wright
6/1 Gary Anderson
16/1 Phil Taylor
20/1 Raymond van Barneveld
33/1 Adrian Lewis
150/1 Dave Chisnall
250/1 James Wade

Week 13 match betting
5/2 James Wade
7/2 Draw
5/6 Adrian Lewis

13/2 Dave Chisnall
6/1 Draw
2/7 Michael van Gerwen

9/4 Phil Taylor
7/2 Draw
10/11 Peter Wright

5/6 Gary Anderson
7/2 Draw
5/2 Raymond van Barneveld

6/1 Adrian Lewis
11/2 Draw
30/100 Michael van Gerwen

Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy of www.betway.com. Odds subject to fluctuation.

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Betway Premier League Week 12 preview.

Betway Premier League – Week 12 preview

Betway Premier League Week 12 preview: Can birthday boy Barney gain revenge on Van Gerwen after losing out to his compatriot at the German Darts Masters?
Photo: Lawrence Lustig / PDC

MvG to spoil birthday boy Barney’s party

With just five more weeks to go until the 2017 Premier League Darts play-offs at London’s O2 Arena, there is still plenty to play for as the eight remaining stars ready themselves for another intriguing night in Belfast.

The Northern Irish crowd will be treated to a battle of Dutch titans Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld, who turns 50 on the night, later in the evening, while the mighty Phil Taylor takes on Gary Anderson too.

Taylor and Dave Chisnall play twice at the SSE Arena, while just four points separate the top six in the table.

Read on for Darts World’s match-by-match Premier League Week 12 preview, in order of play…

Dave Chisnall v Adrian Lewis

Jackpot was unable to capitalise on his win and throwing a nine-darter against Raymond van Barneveld last week, as he went down to in-form Daryl Gurney in the first round of the 2017 German Darts Masters over Easter.

However, back in the Premier League, he still has a great chance of making the play-offs, being just a point behind third and fourth – with a match in hand.

Lewis may be five points ahead of eighth-placed Chisnall, but the duo are very close in terms of overall head-to-heads.

Chizzy is 14-12 up on Jackpot, with one draw, and has won four of their last six duels – despite losing both this year.

Merseysider Chisnall also claimed a draw last time out in the PL on his home patch Liverpool against Anderson, so this could be another close call.

Phil Taylor v Gary Anderson

The first of two ‘super duels’ in Belfast, six-time Premier League winner Taylor takes on twice champion Anderson.

Neither have been at their best this campaign, losing three apiece, but are still well in contention of finishing in the play-offs.

Anderson is up in third after gaining three points from two fixtures last week, but The Power can surge above him with victory being just a point behind with a match in hand.

The duo drew last time they played, and that may well be the result again.

Peter Wright v James Wade

Snakebite and The Machine are exactly level on 14 wins apiece against the other, but there has been a noticeable gulf in performance and consistency between the two over the past year or so.

Wright has now beaten Wade in each of their last eight meetings, and their previous three Premier League tussles.

On top of that, the Scotsman is way up in second in the table and five points above the 2009 champion.

Recent 2017 UK Open winner Snakebite is without a legitimate win in four PL fixtures – not counting his 7-0 defeat triumph over the absent Kim Huybrechts in Week 9 – but should be able to see off Wade again.

Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld

One of the major darting duels, Dutch giants MvG and RvB lock horns for their 46th official meeting.

World number one and title holder Van Gerwen may have had the better of Birthday boy Barney overall, but the five-time world champion has made a habit of troubling his younger compatriot numerous times over the years.

Their most recent battle came on Monday in the German Darts Masters quarter-finals in a thrilling affair, but eventual champion Mighty Mike got the better of Van Barneveld in Jena.

Barney shocked Van Gerwen earlier in the PL this campaign 7-5, but may just come up just short on this occasion – even on his 50th birthday!

Dave Chisnall v Phil Taylor

Last onto the Belfast oche in Week 12 is Chisnall and Taylor.

If The Power won’t already be back in the play-offs after his match against Anderson earlier in the night, he should be after this.

Chizzy has only managed to beat Taylor in eight of their 31 total head-to-heads, while has lost their previous four – two of which were in this competition.

The Power won 7-3 earlier this season in Newcastle, and will look to achieve a similar scoreline in his favour once more.

Betway Premier League
Week 12 – Thursday, April 20
SSE Arena, Belfast

Betway odds
Tournament winner
1/2 Michael van Gerwen
11/2 Peter Wright, Gary Anderson
18/1 Phil Taylor
20/1 Raymond van Barneveld, Adrian Lewis
150/1 James Wade
500/1 Dave Chisnall

Week 12 match odds
5/2 Dave Chisnall
7/2 Draw
5/6 Adrian Lewis

3/1 Phil Taylor
7/2 Draw
8/11 Gary Anderson

8/15 Peter Wright
4/1 Draw
4/1 James Wade

4/11 Michael van Gerwen
5/1 Draw
11/2 Raymond van Barneveld

2/1 Dave Chisnall
7/2 Draw
1/1 Phil Taylor

Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy of www.betway.com. Odds subject to fluctuation.

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