Premier League Darts Play-Offs Preview & Betting Odds
We have a Premier League Darts Play-Offs preview along with all the betting odds for you ahead of the action this Thursday evening.
Premier League Darts Play-Offs Info
Venue: The 02, London
When? 7.00 pm, Thursday, 25th of May
What Channel? Sky Sports Action
Following the final round of play in the 2023 Premier League Darts, the final four for this year’s Premier League is known. That top four is Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Michael Van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton who all qualified for Thursday’s Play-Offs as we look to crown the 2023 Premier League Champion.
Premier League Darts Table
The final league table was as follows:
LEAGUE TABLE 🔢
Here's how the 2023 @CazooUK Premier League table shapes up after the final night of league action.
Price tops the table 👑
Clayton secures top four 🔢
Dimi picks up first night win ✅ pic.twitter.com/3i9RDZttWM
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 18, 2023
Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton – Semi-Final 1
The first Semi-Final is an All-Welsh affair after Gerwyn Price topped the table at the end of the league phase despite being beaten in the Night 16 Final last week to Dimitri Van den Bergh in a 5-6 thriller. As a result, he qualified to face fourth-placed finisher and fellow compatriot Jonny Clayton in the semi-finals of the playoffs.
Clayton was the last player to secure a spot on finals night on Thursday. In spite of a 1-6 defeat at the hands of Nathan Aspinall his leg differential of -15 was enough to edge past the Englishman at -16.
The form book obviously favours Gerwyn Price after his League record of 24 wins and 12 defeats with the highest average of the tournament at 98.31 and a checkout rate of 39.3%.
At the weekend he lost to Mike De Decker in the ProTour Semi-Final. However, Clayton who had a record of 14 wins to 14 defeats, along with an average of 94.7 and a checkout rate of 44.04%, comes into this on the back of a ProTour win at the weekend.
🗣️ "Hopefully it gives me the confidence to pick up that trophy on Thursday night."
Hear the thoughts of PC12 winner Jonny Clayton, who enjoys the perfect preparation ahead of Thursday's Cazoo Premier League Play-Offs! 🏆
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 21, 2023
Prediction: Gerwyn Price 10-8 Jonny Clayton
Best Bet: Correct Score Gerwyn Price 10-8 @ 7/1
Click Below For All Our Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton Odds
Michael Smith v Michael Van Gerwen – Semi-Final 2
The second Semi-Final is between Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen. This year’s second semi-final is a repeat of the 2018 Premier League Final.
Van Gerwen won on that occasion 11-4 thanks to an average of 112. However, since then Michael Smith has come on leaps and bounds in terms of his temperament and consistency at the top table of darts which culminated in his first-ever World Championship victory back in January.
Michael Smith finished in second place on the table following a record 20 wins and 12 defeats with an average of 97.70 and a checkout rate of 39.40%. What’s most remarkable about his Premier League form is after night 12/16 he was only fifth on the table but a run of victories on Night 13, Night 14 and Night 15 catapulted him to second on the table. That remarkable run of wins is a testament to his tougher character as a player now.
The 2022 Premier League Champion Michael Van Gerwen can go ahead of Phil Taylor on the All-Time Premier League winners table with 7 victories if he can be successful on Thursday Night.
Michael Van Gerwen finished third on the table with 19 wins and 13 defeats, averaging 98.19 with a checkout rate of 37.85% with his best run of form coming when he won Night 4, Night 5 and Night 6 three weeks in a row. He was injured at the event last week and withdrew it remains to be seen whether this injury is still affecting him following his defeat to Josh Rock at the weekend.
For a full rundown on all the big dates in darts this year check out our 2023 Darts Calendar.
VAN GERWEN WITHDRAWS ❌
Due to a shoulder injury suffered in his Quarter-Final with Chris Dobey, Michael van Gerwen has withdrawn from his Semi-Final on Night 16 of the Premier League!
The final between Price and Dimitri Van den Bergh will now follow! pic.twitter.com/EyIN7ZSaDW
— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) May 18, 2023
Prediction: Michael Smith 10-7 Van Gerwen
Click Below For All Our Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen Odds
*Prices subject to fluctuation
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