The final five nights of this year’s condensed Premier League of Darts takes place across the coming week as we work our way towards Friday’s playoffs.
Only eight players remain after the reigning champion Glen Durrant and former world champion Rob Cross were eliminated following Judgment Night earlier in the month.
We may not be getting to the O2 this year but we’re still in for a spectacular finish as one of the biggest prizes in the sport is up for grabs and in front of a crowd too.
Oh, how darts as missed its fans, perhaps more than most other sports even. Well, they’re back now at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes but what can they, and we, expect?
The first darting “major” of the year, or leg one of the darter’s triple crown if you will, will be awarded to one of four finalists come Friday night, but which four will make it through to the playoffs?
As we stand the world number three – and second highest ranked player in the tournament following the last minute withdrawal of the world champion Gerwyn Price – Michael van Gerwen has, unsurprisingly, climbed to the top of the pile.
While the numbers don’t lie, Mighty Mike, an almost dead cert to win the event outright, is as good as guaranteed to be in the final four come Friday.
The Dutch master hasn’t been in the best of form this past year, but with Iceman absent he really doesn’t need to be.
With the whole tournament squeezed into around about a month of playing time, rather than the usual weekly instalments, his class was always going to show in the end.
Should MVG lift the title this year it will be the sixth time he has won this event.
|Darts Premier League Fact File|
|Dates||24th – 28th of May 2021|
|Format||Best of 12, 19, 21 legs|
|When To Watch||1900 GMT|
|Where To Watch||Sky Sports Main Event|
|Current Champion||Glen Durrant|
|Venue||Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes|
Darts Premier League Predictions
As we suspected at the start of the tournament, and against the odds at the time, the biggest challenge to MVG looks like coming from last year’s runner up Nathan Aspinall.
The Asp is in second place and takes on van Gerwen in a top of the table clash that should cement a place in the playoffs for the victor.
Even if those particular spoils go the way of the Dutchman, Aspinall has some extremely winnable fixtures to round off the year’s tourney, and I would fully expect him to be in the line-up on Friday.
As for who joins these two in the top four, the debutant pair of Dimitri Van den Bergh and Jose De Sousa are currently in the playoff spots, but I am not convinced that both of them will still be there by the weekend.
Instead, I would favour another newbie in the Welsh Ferret Jonny Clayton.
Clayton earned his place in this year’s event by winning the Masters back in January and for the most part looked good during the first three phases.
In fact, since picking up his first solo PDC televised title, he has looked increasingly at home in this company.
Crucially, the Welshman will play both De Sousa and Van Den Bergh this week and if he could put one or both of these to bed, then he should make the final foursome which would mark a fantastic achievement for the 46 year old.
Dream Maker Versus The Special One
Another barnstorming fixture on Monday is the night’s second match which sees third meet fourth in Dimitri Van den Bergh versus Jose De Sousa.
I would side with Belgian here as I think he has the form and certainly has the game.
What is more suspect is his fitness. The Dream Maker tore his cartilage at an amusement park last summer and has been wearing strapping ever since the subsequent surgery.
Depending on how Monday goes, the World Matchplay champion takes on world number two and very bottom placed Peter Wright on Tuesday.
Snakebite could be as good as gone by then and only playing for pride, giving Van Den Bergh the slightly easier run in out him and the De Sousa which is why I am giving the nod to the Belgian.
Monday’s final game sees Peter Wright face off against the guy directly above him in the table James Wade who was air lifted in at the last minute to replace the absent Gerwyn Price.
Should Snakebite drop points here, and remember he is carrying a shoulder injury, then that will surely bring a disappointing end to this year’s campaign.
Premier League Darts prediction final four: Michael van Gerwen, Nathan Aspinall, Jonny Clayton and Dimitri Van Den Bergh.
Darts Premier League 2021 Outright Winner Novibet Betting Odds
- Michael van Gerwen – 8/5
- Dimitri van Den Bergh – 3/1
- Nathan Aspinall – 6/1
- Jonny Clayton – 6/1
- Jose De Sousa – 6/1
- Gary Anderson – 14/1
- James Wade – 22/1
- Peter Wright – 100/1
Premier League of Darts Table
|1||Michael van Gerwen||12||7||3||2||+21||17|
|3||Dimitri Van den Bergh||12||6||3||3||+7||15|
|4||Jose de Sousa||12||5||4||3||+12||14|
Premier League of Darts 2021 Schedule
Monday 24th of May, Night 13
- Jonny Clayton v Gary Anderson
- Jose de Sousa v Dimitri Van den Bergh
- Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
- James Wade v Peter Wright
Tuesday 25th of May, Night 14
- James Wade v Nathan Aspinall
- Jonny Clayton v Jose de Sousa
- Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
- Peter Wright v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Wednesday 26th of May, Night 15
- Jonny Clayton v Peter Wright
- James Wade v Dimitri Van den Bergh
- Gary Anderson v Nathan Aspinall
- Jose de Sousa v Michael van Gerwen
Thursday 27th of May, Night 16
- Gary Anderson v James Wade
- Nathan Aspinall v Jose de Sousa
- Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
- Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton
Friday 28th of May, Play-Offs Night
- Semi-Finals (Best of 19 legs)
- Finals (Best of 21 legs)