Premier League Darts Phase 2 Starts This Week
This week sees the return of action on the oche as the Premier League of Darts second phase gets underway on Wednesday night. A dramatic first phase, perhaps the closest in the tournament’s history, saw huge drama on the final night before the two players who were eliminated from the tournament on Judgement Night were known.
The eight remaining players no go forward to phase 2 of the tournament where they will face each other once over seven nights of action, starting this Wednesday. The aim is to finish in the top four after 17 nights of action, after which those four leading players will head into the playoffs on Friday 28th May.
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Let’s now quickly recap how Phase 1 of the tournament played out across April by taking a look at the final table.
Premier League of Darts Phase 1
Table After Judgement Night (Night 9)
- Nathan Aspinall – 13 pts (+16)
- Dmitri Van den Bergh – 13 pts (+14)
- Michael van Gerwen – 11 pts (+8)
- James Wade – 10 pts (+7)
- Jonny Clayton – 10 pts (+2)
- Jose de Sousa – 9 pts (0)
- Peter Wright – 9 pts (-1)
- Gary Anderson – 8 pts (-4)
- Rob Cross – 7 pts (-3) – Eliminated
- Glen Durrant – 0 pts (-39) – Eliminated
Glen Durrant’s fall from grace as the holder of the Premier League title was confirmed as he lost all nine of his Phase 1 matches, the first time any player let alone a former Champion has suffered that kind of run.
Durrant’s position in bottom spot was always likely after his poor form early on in the tournament but the battle raged above him to avoid elimination, in the end it was Rob Cross who lost four of his last five games, that finished in that ninth spot and the Englishman was eliminated from the tournament as a result.
At the top of the table Nathan Aspinall leads Dmitri Van den Bergh by leg difference only and with just five points between Aspinall and Gary Anderson in eighth position, it promises to be a hugely intriguing Phase 2 of the tournament.
Premier League Phase 2 Fixtures
There are seven nights of fixtures in the second phase of the Premier League of Darts, it starts with three nights of action this week from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th May and then there is a two-week break before we play the final four nights from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th May.
The Playoffs begin a day later on Friday 28th May, with the top four players in the table going through to contest the semifinals and the winner of the semis then battle it out to become Premier League Champion in the final.
The current holder, Glen Durrant, was eliminated in Phase 1 of the tournament without winning a game this year.
Night 10 – Wednesday 5th May
- Jonny Clayton v James Wade
- Jose de Sousa v Gary Anderson
- Dmitri Van den Bergh v Michael van Gerwen
- Peter Wright v Nathan Aspinall
Night 11 – Thursday 6th May
- Nathan Aspinall v Dmitri Van den Bergh
- James Wade v Jose de Sousa
- Gary Anderson v Peter Wright
- Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Night 12 – Friday 7th May
- Peter Wright v Jose de Sousa
- Michael van Gerwen v James Wade
- Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall
- Dmitri Van den Bergh v Gary Anderson
Night 13 – Monday 24th May
- Jonny Clayton v Gary Anderson
- Jose de Sousa v Dmitri Van den Bergh
- Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
- James Wade v Peter Wright
Night 14 – Tuesday 25th May
- James Wade v Nathan Aspinall
- Jonny Clayton v Jose de Sousa
- Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen
- Peter Wright v Dmitri Van den Bergh
Night 15 – Wednesday 26th May
- Jonny Clayton v Peter Wright
- James Wade v Dmitri Van den Bergh
- Gary Anderson v Nathan Aspinall
- Jose de Sousa v Michael van Gerwen
Night 16 – Thursday 27th May
- Gary Anderson v James Wade
- Nathan Aspinall v Jose de Sousa
- Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
- Dmitri Van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton
Playoffs – Friday May 28th
- Match 1 – 1st Seed v 4th Seed
- Match 2 – 2nd Seed v 3rd Seed
- Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2
Night 10 Our Tips For Each Game
- Jonny Clayton (evens) v James Wade (15/8) – 15/4 the Draw
I have to be honest and say that I am really surprised by the odds here. Clayton has lost three of his last six games in the tournament after an electric start, while Wade recovered from a slow start to win five of his last seven games, losing just the one in that run. Given Wade’s form and fighting spirit, plus the fact he won’t be cold coming into the tournament as he was for the Phase 1 games, I am backing James Wade to land a big and important win here. Tip – Wade to win (15/8)
- Jose de Sousa (10/11) v Gary Anderson (21/10) – 15/4 the Draw
With Gary Anderson making no bones about his poor form publically, the odds on the former World Champion have drifted a little against de Sousa who has been one of the players of the last 18 months. The Portuguese star doesn’t have the natural talent of Anderson but is much more consistent at present and that will be the key here. Tip – de Sousa to win (10/11).
- Dmitri Van den Bergh (7/4) v Michael van Gerwen (21/20) – 15/4 the Draw
The battle of the lowlands as Belgium’s finest takes on the Dutch World Number 1 in what should be an enthralling tie on the opening night of Phase 2. Dmitri Van den Bergh has lost just one game in Phase 1 but van Gerwen is just two points behind him and the Dutch legend will be keen to claw that deficit back here. This will be a very close one but I am backing van Gerwen to just edge the victory. Tip – van Gerwen to win (21/20)
- Peter Wright (6/5) v Nathan Aspinall (6/4) – 15/4 The Draw
Peter Wright’s consistency has been an issue in this event, at times brilliant, at other times poor, the former World Champion needs to kick on in Phase 2 and that begins here against leader Nathan Aspinall. Aspinall has not lost since Night 2 of the opening phase and he is the form player in this event at the moment. However, Wright when it matters tends to produce, but even so I think both players take something from this game. Tip – The draw 6-6 (15/4).
Another betting option for you is to place these bets as a four-selection accumulator with bet365, which would pay out at odds of 52.44/1.
All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 11.45am on Monday 3rd May.