After A Long Break the PDC Premier League Is Back from Tuesday

By Ian John
August 22, 2020

Thanks to some innovative online tournaments, the sport of darts has managed to keep things going nicely over the last few months while major tournaments have been put on hold. One of those was the PDC Premier League tournament, which had played six of the first nine Phase 1 matchdays prior to the postponement. However, the tournament is set to resume on Tuesday with a bumper six nights of action in a row.

Not only will phase one be concluded across those first three nights of action, but three of the phase 2 matchdays will be completed, with the remaining four taking place at the same venue as all the other action, the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. The remaining four phase 2 matchdays will be played from the 3rd to 6th September, after which we will know which four of the nine players will be contesting the playoffs, which are to be held at the 02 Arena in London on October 22.

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Let us now bring ourselves up to date with the current standings in the PDC Premier League as they were when the tournament was brought to a halt earlier in the spring after six of the 9 rounds in the first phase of competition had been completed.

Premier League Table – As It Stands

All players have played six games so far

  1. Glen Durrant – 9 points (+12)
  2. Michael van Gerwen – 8 Points (+8)
  3. Michael Smith – 7 Points (+4)
  4. Nathan Aspinall – 7 Points (+2)
  5. Peter Wright – 7 Points (+1)
  6. Gary Anderson – 6 Points (-1)
  7. Gerwyn Price – 5 Points (0)
  8. Rob Cross – 5 Points (-2)
  9. Daryl Gurney – 2 Points (-12)

How will the PDC Premier League be completed?

After nine fixtures each, the player bottom of the table is eliminated. The remaining players then play each other once more over the next seven weeks to try and earn a spot in the top four. Those that finish in the top four then qualify for the playoffs.

Matchday 7 will restart the action on the 25th August and phase one of the tournament will be completed on the 25th, 26th and 27th August. The three invited players will still participate in the remaining rounds of action in Phase 1 across those three nights.

Phase 2 will begin on the 28th August and will be played on the 29th and 30th also before a short break and then the final four dates in the Premier League phase 2 will be played from the 3rd to 6th September.

The Playoffs will then be held on the 22nd October at the 02 Arena in London featuring two semifinals of 19 legs and then a final which is played over a best of 21 legs.

Let’s now take a look at the remaining three nights of action in Phase One of the tournament, which is where the majority of betting is being focused for customers, particularly on Matchday 7’s fixtures on Tuesday.

Phase One – Remaining Games

Matchday 7 – Tue 25th Aug

  • Michael Smith v Gary Anderson
  • Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross
  • Nathan Aspinall v Gerwyn Price
  • Chris Dobey v Daryl Gurney
  • Peter Wright v Glen Durrant

Matchday 8 – Wed 26th Aug

  • Gary Anderson v Gerwyn Price
  • Nathan Aspinall v Daryl Gurney
  • Michael Smith v Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen v Glen Durrant
  • Peter Wright v Jeffrey de Zwaan

Matchday 9 – Judgement Night – Thu 27th Aug

  • Glen Durrant v Rob Cross
  • Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith
  • Peter Wright v Darryl Gurney
  • Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
  • Jermaine Wattimena v Gerwyn Price

Players in italics are the challengers who play just one week as a challenger against the Premier League competitor who does not have a game that week.

Who should I back in Tuesday’s games?

  • Michael Smith v Gary Anderson – Draw – 3/1
  • Michael van Gerwen v Rob Cross – Michael van Gerwen to win – 4/11
  • Nathan Aspinall v Gerwyn Price – Nathan Aspinall to win – 6/4
  • Chris Dobey v Daryl Gurney – Daryl Gurney to win – 6/5
  • Peter Wright v Glen Durrant – Draw – 3/1

As you can see I have gone for two draws on the evening in what has been an evenly contested Premier League so far. I think Smith v Anderson has draw written all over it, while Glen Durrant’s excellent form means that not even World Champion Peter Wright can expect a win here. Of those I do feel will win, I think Daryl Gurney will pick up a much needed win against challenger Chris Dobey, while Michael van Gerwen should get the better of the out of sorts Rob Cross and in form Nathan Aspinall is a good bet to get the better of an out of form Gerwyn Price.

Who will win the tournament?

Michael van Gerwen is the even money favourite to win the tournament and his record in it is superb over the years. However, I think that the smart money is on the in form Glen Durrant who is still rated a lowly 14/1 chance with bookmakers but who I think if he can reach the playoffs, as I think he will, has the game to beat anybody on the day.

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