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October 07 2017, 19:15
The World Grand Prix darts concludes in Dublin tonight as Daryl Gurney faces Simon Whitlock for the title. Here's all you need including their routes to the final, tournament stats, head-to-head records, odds, our prediction, best bets and the TV details.
After a week of drama, tension and many shocks at the PDC's unique double-start tournament, a field of 32 has now been whittled down to just two as Daryl Gurney and Simon Whitlock battle it out for the biggest prize of their respective careers.
Gurney finds himself as Sky Bet's 8/13 favourite to land his maiden televised major in his first final at this level but Whitlock (5/4) should not be underestimated as he desperately seeks his second having become European champion way back in 2012.
Here's everything you need ahead of the Dublin showpiece including our darts expert Chris Hammer's prediction & best bet!World Grand Prix Darts: Saturday October 7
Daryl Gurney 9 wins, Simon Whitlock 2 winsWorld Grand Prix 2017: Routes to the final & stats
What great character from Whitlock after it looked like he'd blown his chance! 👏#WorldGrandPrix
Anyone back Daryl Gurney at 33/1 or Simon Whitlock at 80/1 at the start of the #WorldGrandPrix ?#lovethedartsBetting preview & best bet
Who would have thought we'd have a final between two players who came into the tournament priced up at 33/1 and 80/1?! That said, I guess it 'only' takes MVG to get knocked out and there's a good chance you'll have a big-priced outsider in the mix while Gary Anderson's withdrawal at the 11th hour also blew the event wide open.
We could have even had a player previously written off as a 500/1 'no-hoper' in the final had MVG's shock conqueror John Henderson managed to claim a fourth successive scalp as an underdog by beating Daryl Gurney on Friday night
Rising star Gurney dashed those dreams with a 4-1 victory and he now finds himself odds-on favourite to fulfil his own and become the Dublin event's first winner from across the Irish sea.
He's obviously enjoyed strong support this week and that's really helped spur him across the finishing line before breaking down in tears at the sheer emotion of it all.
You could say he perhaps wants it too much but fortunately for him, Simon Whitlock also has an air of desperation about him to end his long wait for another major (and a first proper big one) but we'll get to the Aussie in a moment.
Anyone who has regularly followed by betting previews in recent times will know I've been a backer of this talented Northern Irishman so it does rankle a little (to say the least) that I opted for another of the game's bright prospects - Joe Cullen - instead this time!
Gurney was fantastic on his finishing doubles that night in what was a fabulous match that could have easily gone Cullen's way but apart from that his checkout percentages have been poor and he so nearly allowed Robert Thornton to pick his pocket in the quarter-finals.
The scoreline of his semi-final flattered his performance as Hendo only really turned it on in one set but all he cared about was doing what he needed to win and reach his first major TV final having just missed out at the UK Open and World Matchplay this season.
He subsequently said: "I've been knocking on the door in the UK Open and World Matchplay and eventually I've got over the finishing line. I've been trying my very best since I joined the PDC five years ago and I'm starting to reap the rewards now.
"I've got a chance to win this title now, and if I can get in front and stay in front I don't care what my average is as long as I get to the winning post before Simon does."
And that's key isn't it? It's never been a tournament about high averages apart from those stunning Taylor and MVG displays in years gone by. You need to stay mentally strong and composed when the doubles desert you but also possess that killer instinct to make your opponent pay for their missed opportunities.
This is why Gurney finds himself in the final and he's a worthy favourite.
As you can see from the head-to-head records above, he holds the psychological advantage having won the last four meetings including that thrilling clash in the UK Open quarter-finals.
That too was a tournament which had been blown wide open, with both men sensing a big opportunity and as far as that match was concerned it was Gurney who prevailed 10-9 having stormed back from 7-4 down, averaging well over 100 in the process.
In the World Matchplay he displayed that same battling spirit on the big stage to win a titanic tussle with Mensur Suljovic in the quarter-finals and so nearly fought back from the brink against Peter Wright.
I expect him to hold it together better than the experienced Aussie, who has shown mental fragility at crunch times on the televised stage in years gone by, especially if it gets tight.
That said, the character Whitlock showed to repel Suljovic's comeback from 3-1 down in that epic semi-final was impressive considering how difficult the Austrian is to stop right now while his four 100+ checkouts underlined his class.
BIG CHECKOUTS | Watch the big ton+ finishes from tonight's Whitlock v Suljovic semi final#Unibet180 pic.twitter.com/d4H0vcCXK3
However, afterwards he said: "I did choke - I lost my way a bit to be fair and somehow when I was a leg down in the final set I found it again. I didn't give up - Mensur's so good but I dug deep to win the match and found some good darts in that last set.
"I've been working so hard on everything, practising for three hours a day and especially on my doubles and checkouts, and it's paying off finally."
He shouldn't be thinking about the word 'choke', let alone saying it! I'm surprised Suljovic let him off the hook when he had the momentum but if he chokes in the pressure of a final, the amount of practice he's put in could well prove irrelevant.
I'm going with Gurney here but to bump up the price I'm going to throw in the 180s as well for a 15/8 double. Sure, he's hit two fewer than Whitlock but that stat is aided by the Aussie managing seven maximums in his semi-final that had 10 more legs than Gurney's. He's generally a much more prolific 180 scorer than Whitlock on tour and only MVG, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall have scored more in 2017.
For those who want a bigger price, how about Gurney to win, hit the most 180s but Whitlock have the highest checkout at 6/1. You just need to look at the clip above for a reminder of the Aussie's deadly high finishing.Final best bets Related darts links Racing Tips
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And we came to the end. The line-up for Finals Night has now been confirmed with the action that will get underway at the O2 Arena in London on Thursday night when we will know which one of the 4 players remaining will land the title. As usual we have come up with a double that will pay just over Evens with Paddy Power . Also take a good look at the Special Offer below as you can get a massive price on the favourite Michael Van Gerwen:
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7.15pm – Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson
The night action at the O2 will begin with a cracking match between Dave Chisnall and Gary Anderson. Chisnall went very close to finish at the top of the league last week after a thrilling game with van Gerwen but it is Anderson who holds the edge over Chisnall. The 2011 Premier League winner has more experience at this top level while Chisnall has onl made it to one major final and two PDC premier event finals in which was always defeated. Anderson has a 7-3 in head to head meeting with Chinsall but the latter has won both Premier League meetings this year.
Tip: Gary Anderson to beat Dave Chisnall @ 8/13
8.30pm – Michael van Gerwen v Raymond van Barneveld
In the second semi-final Dutch favourites Michael van Gerwen will clash with Raymond van Barneveld. Van Gerwen lost against van Barneveld in the final of last year’s tournament but since then he has won 8 th of their subsequent nine meetings. Van Gerwen has ended the season at the top of the table with 8 th wins in his first ten matches and has secured the qualification for the finals night despite losing three of his next five encounters. Van Gerwen looked back to form when averaging 111.9 in his draw with Chisnall in his last match. He will have a tough cookie in van Barneveld who is unbeaten in the last eight matches (6 wins and two draw) but we expect him to progress eventually to the final and get a revenge over his countryman.
Tip: Michael van Gerwen to beat Raymond van Barneveld @ 1/3
May 18, 2016 All,Darts,OtherTake Phil Taylor to Power to the Premier League Darts Final Darts betting odds
Recommended Bets Phil Taylor to beat Gary Anderson 5/6 Boylesports MVG -4.5 legs to beat Adrian Lewis (handicap) 11/10 Bet365 Phil Taylor to win the Premier League 4/1 William Hill
It has taken 15 weeks but we finally find ourselves on the verge of crowning the 2016 Betway Premier League champion with the play-offs and final, staged at London’s O2 Arena and broadcast live on Sky Sports, on Thursday.
Unlike the earlier rounds the two semi-finals (play-offs) are ‘best of 19 leg affairs’. They will see defending Premier League Champion, Gary Anderson, play Phil Taylor, who has won six of the 11 previous Premier League tournaments.
Meanwhile Michael van Gerwen, with one World Title (2014) and a Premier League finalist for the past three years (winning in 2013), takes on 2011/2012 World Champion Adrian Lewis.
The betting says MVG will cruise past Adrian Lewis and go on to win the final, underlined by the industry top-price 8/13 that SkyBet offer. However, we much prefer the 4/1 William Hill are advertising about Phil Taylor.
Once again this is an ‘industry best’ price and it is standout as most firms are going just 7/2 about the multiple World Champion. If nothing else 9/2 is a ‘bet to lay’ price as we certainly believe Taylor will saunter past Gary Anderson in the semi.
Taylor chalked-up 11 wins and two draws in his 16 Premier League qualifying matches, Anderson has eight wins and four draws on his CV. But it is not just results that make us steadfast in our belief that Taylor will proceed to the final. He has also won more ‘legs against throw’, scored more 100+, 140+ and 180 scores, and has a superior checkout percentage.
Additionally Taylor has pummelled Anderson 7-3 and 7-4 in their two meetings during the regular League. When you throw in the form from last weekend’s HappyBet European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg, where Anderson was given a real run for his money by little-known Maik Langendorf and was eliminated 6-2 by James Wade in the third round, you have to like Taylor (who skipped that contest) all the more.
Both Lewis and MVG also competed in Hamburg and neither made it to the final. MVG fared and played best, his 101.76 3-dart average was the highest of the eight third round games but he still went out in the semi-final 6-2 to the event winner James Wade.
Lewis put in a stinker though and his 86.5 3-dart average was the worst of the third round games where he was also the only player not to score a single 180.
On that showing Lewis can be expected to be thumped by MVG on Thursday so Bet365’s 11/10 about the Dutchman with a -4.5 deficit is the suggested bet.
The Premier League Darts is a tournament that has revolutionised the sport and increased it's popularity with the mainstream public since it's conception. The competition is one of the largest attended indoor sporting events and is televised weekly to a global audience between the months of February and May (traditionally on Thursday nights). The name Premier League is synonymous with England's top level football league, and for darts, the Premier League is a platform for the best players in the word to compete for a prize pool worth over half a million pounds.
Launched in 2005, the Premier League was introduced as a fortnightly fixture featuring just seven players, but it's popularity and unique charm of sport, drama, enthusiastic and simply at times, bonkers crowds, has seen the Premier League grow to become a weekly fixture, made up of the ten biggest names currently participating in the sport. The top four players in the PDC Order of Merit (world ranking system used by the professional darts corporation), gain automatic entry, along with six wild card selections, who compete in a double-round-robin formatted tournament.
The concept which has seen the Premier League Darts flourish over it's relatively short history, has not just been the weekly live coverage, but the touring element of the event. Each week, the show is packed up and transported to a different venue across the United Kingdom and Ireland, which has seen the finals staged at some of the biggest and iconic venues these two nations have, from the G-Mex in Manchester, and the Plymouth Pavilions in the early years, to the shiny lights of London, and the Wembley and O2 Arena's.
Since the tournament's launch in 2008, the Premier League Darts has been largely dominated by the Englishman Phil Taylor, a man considered by many as the best professional darts player to ever grace the oche. Taylor who began his career back in 1988, has won every major title the sport has had to offer, from multiple Word Championships, Matchplay titles, Grand Slam victories, to collecting the first four Premier League Champion trophy's. Taylor ran away with his first Premier League title (2005), beating fellow Englishman Colin Lloyd in the first ever final, hosted by the G-Mex in Manchester, winning by 16 legs to four.
The early years of the tournament saw the final contested over a 'best of 31 legs' format, however this has been altered twice since, dropping to the 'best of 25 legs' in 2009, in which James Wade beat Mervyn King to the crown of Champion, and dropped further to the 'best of 19 legs' a year later in 2010, which remains the current format of the final to this day.
Following on from his win in the first ever Premier League Darts final (2005), Phil Taylor made it to the Plymouth Pavilions once more the very next year, and repeated his triumph from a year earlier, by beating the Dutchman Roland Scholten by 16 legs to six to be crowned the Champion. Almost an additional £100,000 was added to the prize pool the following year (2007), in which the 'Power' Taylor beat Terry Jenkins in the final, staged at the Brighton Centre. Once more the prize pool was extended a year later, at the time, an all-time high of £340,000 was divided between the participants, with £100,000 going to the winner alone, and the world's greatest completed his fourth consecutive win of the Premier League Darts tournament by beating James Wade in the final, in which for the first time in it's history, was held outside of England, in the Cardiff International Arena in Wales. His run of success between the years of 2005 and 2008 saw Phil Taylor amass an unbeaten run of 44 matches, which to this day, is the longest unbeaten run in the tournament.
Although for many years, Phil Taylor has been the main attraction to Darts, due to the prize pool increasing every year since the tournament was launched in 2005, the Premier League of darts attracts the high-profile and highest rated competitors from around the globe, which included the Dutch pair of Raymond Van Barneveld and Michael Van Gerwen, and the Australian Simon Whitlock, who in 2011 was involved in an epic clash with Gary Anderson, which featured eleven 180's.Premier League Darts Betting
From betting on a nine dart finish to 170 checkout, the bookmakers have all areas of the board covered when it comes to betting on darts, specifically, Premier League darts betting. As with the majority of tournaments and competitions in any sport, the outright betting market is by far the most popular, which goes some way to explaining why bookmakers offer prices on the next Premier League Darts Champion up to a year ahead of the event starting in February of each year. The outright market is also one of two markets most 'serious' darts punter tend to find the 'value bets' that we all crave, with the other being the match statistics markets, for example, the three dart average market or the highest checkout market. The reason behind this is because the odds quoted by bookmakers for a player to win their individual match, are historically quite short, unless you've spotted an underdog that’s capable of toppling a favourite. If you're considering using one of our free bets to back an individual match winner, you might want to consider building up an accumulator, of a number of players you believe will win their match, these types of bets are both fun and traditionally provide high payouts should you be successful, due to you boosting the odds with additional matches.
You can explore Premier League Darts betting further by taking a look at our Darts Betting section of the Monsterbet site, where we breakdown the most popular markets offered by the bookmakers, which include markets such as predicting the correct score of an individual contest. You'll also find our top recommended bookmakers for free bets on Premier League Darts betting.Previous Premier League Darts Winners
Gary Anderson (11-7) Michael van Gerwen
Raymond van Barneveld (10-6) Michael van Gerwen
Michael Van Gerwen (10-8) Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor (10-7) Simon Whitlock
Gary Anderson (10-4) Adrian Lewis
2008 – Cardiff International Arena, Wales
2007 – The Brighton Centre, Brighton
Phil Taylor (16-6) Terry Jenkins
2006 – Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth
Phil Taylor (16-6) Roland Scholten
Phil Taylor (16-4) Colin LloydFree Bets on the Premier League Darts
The only way to further boost your excitement and enjoyment of an evening of Premier League darts, is by using one of our free bets to place a bet on your favourite player to win their match, or a your fancy to win the tournament. Premier League Darts betting is vast, and online bookmakers now have countless amounts of betting markets on every individual match, every Thursday night, so with a bit or research, and some help along the way from our experts in our preview area of the site, you can turn one of our free bets into huge winnings!.
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