Number one-ranked Van Gerwen, title holder Van Barneveld, world champion Anderson and surprise package Chisnall fight it out in play-offs
The Premier League Darts play-offs are upon us with the O2 Arena hosting this final event with the prestigious trophy at stake.
For the first time since the competition’s inception in 2005, Phil Taylor will not take part on Finals Night, but there is still an all-star line-up. Number one-ranked Michael van Gerwen, title holder Raymond van Barneveld, darts world champion Gary Anderson and surprise package Dave Chisnall will take their place on the oche.
Here is Bookies.com’s preview of the two semi-finals…
Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson
While Anderson is the bookies’ favourite for this match, best priced with Paddy Power, Coral and William Hill odds-on at 8/13, Chisnall has made light work of the Scot in both their meetings this Premier League.
Chizzy (6/4 for victory with BetVictor and Betway) won 7-2 and then 7-3, and Paddy Power offer enticing odds of 13/1 for the Englishman, who finished second place in the table, to triumph 10-6 this time.
The runner-up, who is the only one of the four not to have claimed this title (he is 6/1 with BoyleSports to lift it this year), also managed the most amount of 180s during in the league, with 62. He is 11/10 with Paddy Power and Betway to get the most of this match too.
Anderson, who won the 2011 Premier League, is 16/5 with William Hill to add a second crown to his recent World Championship title.
Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
This will be the crunch clash of the semis, as the two Dutch giants go head-to-head for a place in the final later in the evening.
They faced each other last season in the final last year too, with in-form Barney winning 10-6. He is undefeated in his last eight this PL season, and is a tempting 3/1 shout with Bet365 to beat his compatriot again.
However, 2013 champion Van Gerwen thrashed Van Barneveld 7-2 in Week 8, although lost to him 7-3 in Week 11, and is the heavy odds-on favourite at 1/3 with BoyleSports and William Hill.
Mighty Mike is also the 10/11 tournament favourite with BoyleSports and BetVictor to snatch the title back from Barney, who is the 7/1 outsider with SkyBet to defend his crown.