Chris Dobey won The Masters on Sunday night after beating two World Champions on the way to the final. That performance clinched the last of eight spots in the Premier League Darts line up. We’ve previewed the 17 week tournament and given you our suggested best bets.
We will also have weekly articles previewing the matches from that game week, so keep visiting Betfred for your home of darts betting.
Premier League Darts Tips
History and Format
The Premier League is a weekly tournament played on Thursday nights between eight players invited by the PDC.
The tournament was launched in 2005 and has grown year by year, with the weekly events being played in front of huge sell out crowds in Arenas across the UK and Europe.
In total there are 17 weeks running from 2nd February in Belfast, through to the final in London on 25th May.
There have been three multiple winners of this event including Phil Taylor, Michael van Gerwyn (both six times) and Gary Anderson (twice).
Only two previous winners line up this year, with MVG the 2/1 favourite and Jonny Clayton 10/1.
|Player||PL Appearances||Order of Merit Ranking||Previous Best|
|Michael Smith||6||1||Runner-up (2018)|
|Peter Wright||10||2||Runner-up (2017)|
|Michael van Gerwyn||11||3||Winner (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022)|
|Gerwyn Price||5||4||5th place|
|Jonny Clayton||3||7||Winner (2021)|
|Nathan Aspinall||3||9||Runner-up (2020)|
|Dimitri Van den Bergh||2||11||5th place|
Venues and Dates
Night 1, Thursday February 2
The SSE Arena, Belfast
Night 2, Thursday February 9
Cardiff International Arena
Night 3, Thursday February 16
OVO Hydro, Glasgow
Night 4, Thursday February 23
Night 5, Thursday March 2
Night 6, Thursday March 9
The Brighton Centre
Night 7, Thursday March 16
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Night 8, Thursday March 23
Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Night 9, March 30
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Night 10, April 6
Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Night 11, April 13
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Night 12, April 20
Night 13, April 27
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Night 14, May 4
AO Arena, Manchester
Night 15, May 11
Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Night 16, May 18
P&J Live, Aberdeen
Play-Offs Night, Thursday May 25
The O2, London
|Total Prize Fund||£1,000,000|
Michael Smith to win – 10/3
What a year it’s been for Michael Smith.
Bully Boy finally got over the line with his first major win at the Grand Slam of Darts and then followed it up with a magnificent win over Michael van Gerwyn at the World Championships finals.
The St Helens native is rightly world number one and his power scoring and finishing, mean he should easily qualify for the top four here and make finals night.
From there, we move to a longer format which should suit the 32-year-old even more.
Chris Dobey each way (1/3 2 places) – 25/1
Another man who has had a superb year, Chris Dobey snuck into the Premier League with a brilliant win at the Masters last week.
The win was his first ranking title and it capped off a superb 12 months for the Bedlington resident, where he made the semi final at the European Championship and quarters at the World Grand Prix and World Champs.
Newcastle will be absolutely buzzing on the 23rd March when Dobey does his walk on and I think he can qualify for finals night here.
He beat two world champions in Michael Smith and Rob Cross at the Masters, showing just how good he can be.
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