Wade In Form But Van Gerwen Leads The Premier League Of Darts After Week 10

Last year’s Premier League darts was the final one in the old league format. The PDC made moves to refresh the tournament this year, changing both the format and how the points would be awarded to make it a more entertaining spectacle each week.

Certainly, those changes have been for the better as we have seen ten outstanding weeks of action in the tournament, with seven of the eight players competing winning at least one night of action.

Bet365 Sport has been offering odds on every Thursday night both pre-match and In Play and this week, as we head into the final six weeks of the regular season, we are going to take a look at how things stand after each player has competed in ten weeks of action.

We will take a look ahead to the games taking place on Thursday in Aberdeen on Week 11, but before that, let’s bring you back up to speed on some of the key changes in this year’s tournament.

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Changes To The Premier League of Darts 2022

The main changes to the Premier League of Darts for 2022 were as follows:

  • All eight players will compete across all 16 weeks of the standard season, meaning there will no longer be any Judgement Night.
  • Each week will see a knockout tournament played. Starting with four best of 11 quarterfinals, then the semifinals and final, all played over 11 legs.
  • Over the 16 weeks, each player will play the other seven players in the group twice in the first round of the weekly tournament. The other two weeks fixtures will be decided closer to the time.
  • Points will be awarded as follows – Winner of the tournament 5 points, plus a £10,000 nightly prize. Runner up 3 points, losing semi finalists 2 points each. Losing quarter finalists don’t receive any points.

The new format does away with the increasing number of drawn games that were part of previous Premier League of Darts tournaments, as well as ensuring that every game each week has something riding on it and that there are no ‘dead rubber’ matches between players that are already eliminated or qualified.

Let’s now take a look at how the first ten weeks of action in the tournament have gone.  

PDC Premier League Results – Weeks 1-10

  • Week 1 – Cardiff – Winner – Peter Wright, Runner Up – Jonny Clayton
  • Week 2 – Liverpool – Winner – Jonny Clayton, Runner Up – Joe Cullen
  • Week 3 – Belfast – Winner – Gerwyn Price, Runner Up – James Wade
  • Week 4 – Exeter – Winner – Michael van Gerwen, Runner Up – Peter Wright
  • Week 5 – Brighton – Winner – Michael van Gerwen, Runner Up – Michael Smith
  • Week 6 – Nottingham – Winner – Gary Anderson, Runner Up – Michael Smith
  • Week 7 – Rotterdam – Winner – Joe Cullen, Runner Up – Michael van Gerwen
  • Week 8 – Birmingham – Winner – Jonny Clayton, Runner Up – James Wade
  • Week 9 – Leeds – Winner – Michael van Gerwen, Runner Up – James Wade
  • Week 10 – Manchester – Winner – James Wade, Runner Up – Joe Cullen

The Current Table For The PDC Premier League

  1. Michael van Gerwen – 22 pts
  2. Jonny Clayton – 21 pts
  3. James Wade – 18 pts
  4. Peter Wright – 18 pts
  5. Joe Cullen – 15 pts
  6. Gerwyn Price – 11 pts
  7. Michael Smith – 8 pts
  8. Gary Anderson – 7 pts

Remaining Nights Of Action

  • Week 11 – Aberdeen – 21st April
  • Week 12 – Dublin – 28th April
  • Week 13 – Glasgow – 5th May
  • Week 14 – Sheffield – 12th May
  • Week 15 – London – 19th May
  • Week 16 – Newcastle – 26th May

With 30 points still available across each of the last six nights of the schedule, no player is yet eliminated from the tournament, but we are reaching the stage where the likes of Michael Smith and Gary Anderson may need to win a couple of times if they are to force themselves into contention for the playoffs.

The playoffs will take place in mid-May at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany to decide the Premier League champion. Only the top four players after week 16 has been completed will reach the playoffs.

Premier League Darts – Week 11 – Opening Matches

  • Jonny Clayton (Wales) v Gary Anderson (Scotland)

Match Odds– Clayton 4/11 – Anderson 11/5

Gary Anderson will have the advantage of a fervent home support for this game against second-placed Jonny Clayton, and given that the Scotsman has fallen at the first hurdle in eight of his ten appearances in this tournament, it looks like he will need it.

Clayton has been one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League this season, winning two nights and reaching the semi finals or final on several other occasions. He is the player pushing Michael van Gerwen the closest at the top of the table.

The Welshman has enjoyed a rapid rise to success after winning a couple of televised events in the 2021 season and he is now amongst the most consistent, calmest and dangerous players on the PDC Tour.

The problem he has is that this is going to be a fervent crowd in Aberdeen and Anderson must relish playing with such loyal support behind him. The Scotsman can beat anyone on his day still and I think at 11/5 on home soil, he is well worth backing here.

  • Peter Wright (Scotland) v Joe Cullen (England)

Match Odds – Wright 8/15 – Cullen 6/4

Another player that will enjoy great support from the Aberdeen crowd will be the flamboyant Peter Wright as he faces Joe Cullen in what is actually a very important battle between the players lying 4th and 5th in the table at the moment.

Three points separate the pair and that means a win for Wright would see that extend to potentially eight points, but at least to five, while a win for Cullen would mean at worst, he would cut the gap to one point and could overtake Wright in the rankings if he wins the event.

In the last few fixtures in the Premier League, Cullen has probably had the better of things, winning on Week 7 and finishing runner up last week as well as reaching one semifinal claiming 10 points in the last four weeks. Wright has reached three semifinals in that period, claiming six points in total over that same period.

The odds suggest an easy win for Wright here but I think this will be tougher than many people expect and while I am backing Wright to win at 8/15, I think it will be a very closely fought contest.

  • James Wade (England) v Michael Smith (England)

Match Odds – Wade 4/5 – Smith Evens

Bully Boy Michael Smith has not been in great form in this tournament and he himself has said that he is trying too hard to win an event. He faces a player very much in form, James Wade, who has reached the last three finals, winning the last one on Week 10.

Wade is now 3rd in the table after three good weeks and he will be looking to capitalise on Smith’s lack of form which has seen him lose his quarterfinal game in each of the last four weeks of action in the competition.

However, I think Bully Boy is due a change of fortune. He is very much a streaky player and he can go from playing poorly, to very well, in a heartbeat and for some reason, I think tonight he will finally put a few demons behind him and at least claw his way out of the quarterfinals and pick up some much needed points.

This will be a close one but I am backing Smith to land the win here at even money.

  • Gerwyn Price (Wales) v Michael van Gerwen (Netherlands)

Match Odds – Price Evens – Van Gerwen 4/5

For my money, along with Peter Wright, these two players are the best in the world when they are at their best and for the most part, it has been Van Gerwen who has found his best form in this tournament over the last 10 weeks.

The Dutchman leads the table with 22 points and has won three events, reaching the final of another although he has lost in the quarterfinal stage on three of the last five nights of action. He will know one more win or a couple of runner up finishes will put him in a very strong position to reach the playoffs.

Price though has struggled for form in this event and badly needs to improve his position in the tournament, where he lies sixth and seven points off the playoff places. Price has the game to win this week and I think he will have eyes on that to put himself right back in the reckoning for the playoffs.

This will be a close one, but I am backing Price to claim the win here at even money.