Last Thursday we wondered if the five games in the Premier League Darts from the Manchester Arena would finalise how the playoffs will look and who will be eliminated. Well in short, the results that night have certainly given us a greater indication of who will be involved in the playoffs, and more to the point, who won’t be, but nothing is certain for all players just yet.
The reason for that was some surprise results in Manchester which mean that those top four playoff berths are not 100% secure just yet and it means that there is still something on offer for most players as we head into Night 13 in Birmingham this week.
Let’s now take a look at how the results panned out last week in Manchester.
Night 12 Results
Peter Wright 1-7 Michael Smith
Any hopes Peter Wright had of his stunning win over Michael van Gerwen last week being the start of some renewed form in the tournament, even if it was a little late, ended in Manchester with Michael Smith once again thumping the Scot by a 7-1 scoreline. Smith began quickly taking a 4-0 lead as once again Wright wilted under a barrage of 180s and ton-plus finishes. Wright pulled one back in the fifth, but Smith was in no mood to slouch and ran off three legs in a row to secure a thumping win and second place in the table.
Daryl Gurney 6-6 Michael van Gerwen
This was a cracking encounter which ebbed and flowed, with van Gerwen taking an initial 3-1 lead before Gurney bounced back to tie the game up at 3-3 and then again at 5-5 as Gurney missed just three darts at a double in the entire match. The Irishman then claimed a point when he went 6-5 in front against the Dutchman, but van Gerwen held his composure well in the final leg to deny Gurney a vital two points and end his run of two successive defeats. A win in his final game against Smith on the night would now confirm van Gerwen in the playoffs, while Gurney needs help from other players to remain in with a chance.
Simon Whitlock 7-5 Gary Anderson
Daryl Gurney will be buying Simon Whitlock a beer or two after the Aussie stunned the crowd in Manchester to defeat the out of sorts Gary Anderson 7-5 in an encounter that never really caught fire. Anderson struggled to match the form he showed in Holland last week and he was made to pay by the tenacious Aussie who grabbed control of the game by taking a 6-4 lead. Anderson broke back though to make it 6-5 but the Aussie then broke the Scot in the final game to take a memorable win which leaves Anderson still just short of confirming a playoff spot.
Raymond van Barneveld 6-6 Rob Cross
Rob Cross also missed out on the chance to secure a playoff spot as he was held in an entertaining 6-6 draw with Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld. Cross began well taking a 3-1 lead in the game, but Barney battled back to level at 5-5 and then the Dutchman kept his faint hopes of the playoffs alive by winning the 11th leg to move 6-5 in front. However Cross claimed the 12th leg to grab a point and end Barney’s hopes of making the playoffs this year.
Michael Smith 1-7 Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith’s hoodoo with Michael van Gerwen continues as the Dutchman ran out a very comfortable winner in the last game of the night. The Dutchman won all of the first six matches to secure a point before Smith even managed to get a leg on the board, but it was all too little too late as van Gerwen won the eighth leg to secure another big win and to ensure he will be in the playoffs. Now he will want to claim top spot next week against Rob Cross.
Current Premier League Table
- Players in italics are eliminated from the second phase
- The * indicates players that are eliminated from the playoffs.
- Players in Bold have qualified for the playoffs.
|Pos||Player||Ply||Legs For||Legs Ag||Pts||Leg Agg||3 Dart Avg||Checkout %age|
|1||Michael van Gerwen||14||91||51||21||+40||103.37||45.73%|
|6||Raymond van Barneveld*||14||67||79||13||-12||94.50||37.64%|
Night 12 180’s – 30
Most Individual 180s on Night One – Michael van Gerwen – 7
Total Tournament 180’s – 360
Premier League Darts Night 13 Preview – Thursday 3rd May
This week, the penultimate night of league action takes place at the Arena Birmingham in what promises to be an exciting night of action. Three of the matches still see players with plenty to play for in terms of the playoffs, positions in the league table and more, while the first game will see two of the more inconsistent players of this year’s tournament battle it out.
This week and next week sees just four matches on each night as the players play their final two games of the league program. These games are outlined below together with all the latest odds from Coral Sport on each of the games.
Peter Wright (4/6) v Simon Whitlock (3/1) (7/2 the draw)
The first game of the evening pits two players who are already eliminated from the playoffs against each other as Snakebite takes on the Wizard of Oz. Despite the lack of importance on the game, both players will want to finish the Premier League strongly to set them up in good shape for the remainder of the darts season. Whitlock did superbly well last week to beat Gary Anderson, while Wright suffered another collapse, losing 7-1 to Michael Smith and while the bookies favour Snakebite, I’m backing Whitlock to win here by a 7-4 scoreline.
Rob Cross (4/1) v Michael van Gerwen (1/2) (4/1 the draw)
Michael van Gerwen can claim top spot in the Premier League table with a win against Rob Cross, who himself just needs one point (or Daryl Gurney to drop a point) in order to secure a playoff berth for himself. Cross has recovered well after a slow start to the campaign and deserves to be in the playoff spots, albeit his form has been a little patchy over the last few weeks. The same can be said of van Gerwen who’s win over Smith last week was his first in four games. I expect van Gerwen to double that up here with a 7-3 win over Cross and get the points he needs to be top of the table once again.
Daryl Gurney (7/5) v Michael Smith (7/5) (3/1 the draw)
For Daryl Gurney the equation is simple, he has to win and hope that Gary Anderson loses his game with Raymond van Barneveld, or that Rob Cross suffers a thumping defeat to Michael van Gerwen in order to take this into the final week. He faces a Michael Smith who went from winning 7-1 in his opening game, to losing 7-1 in the last game of the night last week. I think this will be a close one, but I think Gurney just comes up short as this one will likely end in a 6-6 draw.
Gary Anderson (8/13) v Raymond van Barneveld (10/3) (7/2 the draw)
The final game of the night sees Gary Anderson take on Raymond van Barneveld knowing that a point should be enough and a win will be enough to claim his place in the playoffs. The Scot lost a surprise one last week to Simon Whitlock when a win would have seen him through, but with Barney blowing hot and cold in the tournament this year, I am backing Anderson to get the job done here in relative comfort. I’m backing Anderson to win this one 7-4.