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Early Betting Odds for the 2021 Premier League Darts Season
Did you know that you can already bet on the 2021 Premier League darts season?
Originally, the new campaign was supposed to begin on February 4. No prizes for guessing why it has been delayed!
Although no official start date has been announced just yet, the 2021 Premier League darts season is expected to get underway in early April.
Glen Durrant is the defending champion, but he will face tough competition from five-time winner Michael van Gerwen and newly-crowned world number one Gerwyn Price.
In this post, I take a look at the bookies’ early odds for the 2021 Premier League darts season before assessing each players’ chances of winning the title.
Early 2021 Premier League Darts Betting Odds
No shocks here!
As you would expect, Michael van Gerwen (3.00) is the favorite to win the 2021 Premier League darts title with all the leading online sportsbooks.
However, it is worth noting that the bookmakers view Gerwyn Price (4.00) as a serious challenger this year, while Peter Wright (6.50) is also expected to make his mark.
Premier League debutant Dimitri van den Bergh (10.00) is currently ahead of regulars Gary Anderson (11.00), Nathan Aspinall (15.00), and Glen Durrant (17.00) on the odds list, although fellow newcomer Jose De Sousa (17.00) is less favored.
Rob Cross (21.00) finds himself at the bottom of the pile, with one more name still to be added to the line-up after the Masters, which takes place across the last weekend in January.
Let’s take a closer look at each player.
Michael van Gerwen (3.00)
Following four straight Premier League triumphs between 2016 and 2019, MVG will be looking to reclaim the title in 2021 after enduring a season to forget last year.
The Dutchman failed to qualify for the playoffs for the very first time in 2020, finishing the campaign in sixth place.
Needless to say, he will be eager to atone for last year’s shortcomings.
Mighty Mike only claimed five titles in 2020. That might sound like a lot, but by his own high standards, that is a below-par return. However, he showed glimpses of his undeniable talent at the PDC World Championship in December.
Despite a considerable dip in form last year, you would be stupid to write off the Green Machine in 2021.
Gerwyn Price (4.00)
Back in 2018, Gerwyn Price was eliminated from his debut Premier League campaign without winning a single match. This year, he enters his fourth straight season as the world number one.
No player won more titles than the Welshman in 2020, with Price capping off a phenomenal 12 months by beating Gary Anderson 7-3 in the World Championship final.
The Iceman must now prove himself on the Premier League stage.
Following his winless maiden season, Price has since registered consecutive fifth-place finishes. But with his new status, he will surely be a completely different animal this time around.
Peter Wright (6.50)
Like Price, Wright has struggled to make his mark on the Premier League.
The 50-year-old has participated in seven seasons, yet he has only managed to qualify for Finals Night twice. He is probably still ruing his 2017 failure when he threw away six match darts to lose to MVG in the final.
Snakebite finished second in the table last year, although he ultimately fell to Nathan Aspinall in the semi-finals. He will need to be a lot more consistent in 2021.
It goes without saying that a third-round exit at the hands of Gabriel Clemens in the recent World Championship was not Wright’s finest moment.
But having beat MVG in the 2020 final, the world number three is clearly still a massive threat.
Dimitri van den Bergh (10.00)
Despite being one of two Premier League debutants this year, the bookmakers seem to be expecting Dimitri van den Bergh to enjoy a decent maiden campaign.
After all, the Belgian has established himself as one of the world’s best players over the past couple of years, with his first PDC major coming at the 2020 World Matchplay.
The Dream Maker can take confidence from the fact that he saw off Premier League stars Nathan Aspinall, Glen Durrant, and Gary Anderson on his way to lifting the Phil Taylor Trophy. But can he beat them on a regular basis?
Van den Bergh featured as a Premier League ‘contender’ in 2018, holding James Wade to a draw. He now returns to the competition as a regular.
Gary Anderson (11.00)
It’s safe to say that Gary Anderson is now a Premier League veteran.
2021 will be the 50-year-old’s tenth season, and he will be aiming to secure play-off qualification for a seventh successive campaign.
The 2011 and 2015 champion hasn’t had much to shout about in recent times. Not only was he beaten in the Premier League semi-finals last year, but he also lost two finals in 2020, suffering heartbreak in both the World Matchplay and World Championship.
The Flying Scotsman is currently ranked number eight in the world. If he can discover his best form, he will almost certainly challenge for the title.
Can Gary Anderson work his way back to the top in 2021?— Everything Darts (@Darts_Blog) January 8, 2021
Nathan Aspinall (15.00)
Nathan Aspinall’s debut Premier League campaign could not have gone much better.
Okay, beating Durrant in the final would have obviously been the perfect ending. But after seeing off Anderson, Wright, Price, and van Gerwen in 2020, the Asp did more than enough to suggest that he will be a leading contender this year.
However, the world number five suffered a shock third-round exit from the World Championship in December, losing 4-2 to Vincent van de Voort.
Having reached the semi-finals in the previous two years, he will be desperate to kick off the new campaign with a bang.
Glen Durrant (17.00)
If Aspinall’s maiden Premier League season was good, then Glen Durrant’s debut campaign must be viewed as exceptional.
Not only did the newcomer finish at the top of the table, but he then went on to secure the title with an 11-8 victory over Aspinall in the final. That’s a lot to live up to, right?
Unfortunately, since lifting the trophy, Durrant has struggled with illness and has failed to build on his Premier League triumph. His preparations for 2021 have obviously suffered as a result.
Still, the defending champion has already upset the odds and proved his doubters wrong before. Why can’t he do it again?
Jose De Sousa (17.00)
Jose De Sousa’s rise has been nothing short of meteoric.
Just two years ago, the 46-year-old was working as a kitchen fitter. Fast forward to today, and he is now preparing to make his Premier League debut.
The Portuguese came from nowhere to win the 2020 Grand Slam of Darts, beating former Premier League players Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith, Simon Whitlock, and James Wade to secure his first-ever major.
With his curious finishing and questionable counting, De Sousa will undoubtedly add an entertaining dimension to this year’s tournament.
When it comes to challenging for the title – well, we’ll have to wait and see.
Rob Cross (21.00)
As the current world number four, you would think that Rob Cross would be higher up on the list of favorites. But the 30-year-old heads into the 2021 Premier League campaign as the bookies’ outsider.
This will be Cross’ fourth straight season, although it’s fair to say that he has enjoyed mixed success over the years.
After going all the way to the final two years ago, the 2019 runner-up was the first man to be eliminated the last term, winning just one of his nine matches with an average of 94.61.
We all know what Voltage is capable of. Indeed, the three-time major winner secured the World Championship in 2018. But there is no denying that Cross’ form has taken a turn for the worse of late.
Sure, we may have to wait a little longer than expected for the 2021 Premier League darts season to get underway. But with an early-April start looking likely, it’s not all that bad.
The ‘contender’ concept has been scrapped this year, meaning there is still one spot up for grabs. Nine of the ten players have already been announced, with the final participant to be confirmed after the Masters.
With two new faces and three past winners taking part this year, the 2021 campaign is set to be a thriller.
Granted, it will be difficult for Durrant to defend his crown. MVG and Price are the clear frontrunners for a reason, although the Premier League has dished up plenty of shocks over the years.
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