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Premier League darts odds: MVG worth opposing in play-offs

Michael Van Gerwen is again the man to beat as the 2019 Premier League Darts comes to a conclusion on Thursday night.

Van Gerwen has won the last three finals and is aiming for a fifth title in seven years at The O2 in London.

There are four players left standing after a season which began in February and Van Gerwen is the clear 8/15 outright favourite in the Premier League darts odds.

We have darts betting tips for both semi-finals as well as one outright selection.

Premier League Darts Odds

Michael Van Gerwen vs Daryl Gurney

Van Gerwen clinched top spot in the Premier League darts table for a seventh successive season having leapfrogged Rob Cross in the final round of matches in Leeds last week.

The Dutchman headed into the final night of the regular campaign one point behind Cross but kept the pressure on by beating Mensur Suljovic 8-5 before Cross lost 8-6 to James Wade in the last match of the evening.

Gurney won the race for fourth place, beating off competition from Gerwyn Price and Suljovic, to secure a maiden Premier League semi-final with Van Gerwen, whom he did the double over earlier this campaign.

Gurney qualified by beating Michael Smith 8-3 thanks to a 101.8 average and five maximums so he certainly heads into his debut at the Premier League Play-offs in decent form.

He is 3/1 in the darts odds to cause another upset but that is a huge ask in a best-of-19 match against such an experienced opponent.

Instead we prefer Gurney to score the most 180s at 31/20 as the first of our Premier League darts predictions. That would have paid out in their two most recent meetings despite losing 7-3 in Austria earlier this month.

Rob Cross vs James Wade

These two meet again for the second time in a fortnight after Wade's victory in Leeds last week.

That denied Cross the £25,000 prize for topping the table as he struggled to emulate his recent impressive form.

Wade missed plenty of doubles but was not punished and did enough to avoid facing Van Gerwen in the semi-finals.

He is now unbeaten in six matches and is in the semi-finals for the first time since 2013, while he reached three successive Premier League finals from 2008 to 2010.

Cross is the 11/20 favourite but Wade's win last week suggests he is the value bet at 13/10.

Outright betting

There have only been five different winners since Premier League darts began in 2005, with Phil Taylor winning five of the first six titles.

The exception was Wade, who beat Mervyn King in the 2009 final, and he is looking back to his best heading into the play-offs.

Backing against MVG is always a risk but he warmed up for London with a poor weekend in Barnsley where he lost to Glen Durrant on Saturday and Robert Thornton on Sunday.

He has described his Premier League campaign as "crap" and Wade looks worth a small punt at 7/1 in the outright market.

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Darts