Five top tips to take for Premier League Darts play-offs on Finals Night
Sam Barnard, Assistant Sports Editor | May 17, 2016
After 15 thrilling weeks of the 2016 Premier League Darts, Finals Night at London’s O2 Arena is finally upon us, with the world’s top four stars set to battle it out in the play-offs for the title.
Defending champion Gary Anderson and fellow winners of this event Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor, as well as 2011 finalist Adrian Lewis, will take to the oche, so read on for Coral’s pick of five fantastic prices to take…
Van Gerwen and Taylor to reach final
These two giants of the game, who finished in the top two of the table this season, are clear favourites to beat respective opponents Lewis and Anderson, which makes odds of 7/4 for both Mighty Mike and The Power to reach the final highly enticing.
Taylor has a brilliant record against The Flying Scotsman, having won 35 and lost just 13 of their meetings, while he has also triumphed in all three of their head-to-heads this year.
Van Gerwen, meanwhile, has defeated Jackpot in six of their last seven encounters, including both times in the Premier League this campaign.
170 checkout on Finals Night
Deadly Dutchman Van Gerwen may be the only player to have hit a 170 checkout this season in this competition so far, but all four are more than capable of doing so too on the biggest stage.
Mighty Mike managed his against Taylor back on Night 7, and he is likely to face him again. Take odds of 11/4 for any player to achieve a maximum checkout in any of the semis or final.
Taylor beats Anderson 10-9
Although we think Taylor will win this clash, it is likely that he’ll be pushed all the way by two-time Premier League and defending champion Anderson.
More often than not, meetings between the duo are tight, and terrific odds of 15/2 say that The Power can win this one by one leg, 10-9.
Nine-dart finish in semi-finals
— William Hill Betting (@WillHillBet) April 15, 2016
Lewis has already achieved a perfect leg this Premier League season, doing so against James Wade in Week 11, while the only others in 2016 have been thrown on TV by fellow play-off contenders Van Gerwen and Anderson.
Another nine-darter in either semi-final at the O2 is a great 6/1 price, considering the talent on offer at the oche which includes Taylor, who’s hit the most on TV with 11.
Van Gerwen gets highest checkout in semis
As stated above, Van Gerwen is the sole player this event so far to get a 170 finish, and has got the highest checkout on five nights this season.
The Dutch world number one is 7/4 to achieve the best at the O2 in the semis too.