Premier League Darts: Odds change following Gary Anderson’s withdrawal

Premier League Darts: Odds change following Gary Anderson’s withdrawal

The odds for who will win the 2019 Premier League Darts change with Gary Anderson now out.

Gary Anderson has withdrawn from the 2019 Premier League Darts. The ‘Flying Scotsman’ pulled out due to a back injury which he has been struggling with for over a year, and this will be the first time since 2010 that he has not competed in the event.

Speaking about his withdrawal, Anderson said: “This isn’t a decision I’ve taken lightly but I don’t want to let the fans and myself down by putting in performances well below what is expected of me. My physio has advised me to rest for a few weeks to increase my chances of coming back stronger for the rest of the year and reduce the likelihood of me suffering repeated problems.”

He will not be directly replaced by one player, but instead by nine ‘contenders’ who will each play once in the nine weeks before Judgement Night. Points which are earned by the replacement players will not count towards the league table, but their opponents can win points if they secure either a win or a draw. There will now be just one player eliminated on Judgement Night, with the remaining eight players going on to fight for a place on finals night at the O2 Arena.

With the two-time former champion being amongst the favourites to lift the title it has led to a shift in odds for several of the other players set to compete.

Michael van Gerwen now even heavier favourite

Even before news broke of Anderson’s withdrawal, Michael van Gerwen was the odds-on favourite to win the Premier League Darts title with most bookmakers. However, now that the man considered to be his closest competitor will no longer be taking part it has led to MVG’s odds shortening with him now being considered even more likely to win the tournament. The four-time Premier League champion is now 1/2 with most bookies to win it, down from 4/6.

Michael van Gerwen Darts

Past performances of Michael van Gerwen have been enough to make him clear favourite for this season’s Premier League.

Michael Smith is the new second favourite, taking the place of his good friend Anderson as the bookies most likely contender to Van Gerwen’s crown. The man nicknamed ‘Bully Boy’ reached the final of the Premier League last season as well as at the PDC World Championship earlier in 2019, only to be beaten on both occasions by MVG. He therefore has a good recent pedigree at the big events, which is why he is the 13/2 second favourite with Unibet – he was as high as 10/1 with some bookmakers prior to the Anderson news.

Rob Cross and Peter Wright make up the top four favourites, with Cross just ahead of Snakebite in the betting at the moment. The 2018 world champion was a semi-finalist in this event last season and despite his patchy form he is third favourite at 9/1 with BetVictor, down from 11/1. As for Wright, he missed six darts at double to win this title back in 2017 and that seemed to affect him last year as he slumped to a seventh place finish. But he is one of the most consistent players on the circuit, regularly making semi-finals and finals which is why he is fourth favourite here best priced at 12/1 down from 16/1.

Price and Van Barneveld Long Shots

After the top four, the odds are significantly longer for the five remaining players to win the title. Mensur Suljovic is best priced at 18/1 to do so with bet365, then after that each of James Wade, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld and Gerwyn Price are 40/1.

In terms of who finishes bottom, it is currently the Dutch legend that is Van Barneveld who is the pre-tournament favourite. This will be 51-year-old’s final appearance in the Premier League as he is retiring at the end of the season and he will be keen to go out with a bang, but bookmakers think that is unlikely. He has fallen to 28th in the PDC Order of Merit which is perhaps why he is currently best priced at 5/2 to finish bottom of the table and therefore be eliminated on Judgement Night with BetVictor.

Raymond van Barneveld has been tipped to struggle at the 2019 Premier League Darts by bookmakers.

Price is the other player whom the bookies believe will struggle, just as he did last year. The Welshman finished rock bottom in his debut Premier League appearance and failed to win a single match in 2018. He is predicted to be near the bottom once again, but with there now being only one elimination spot he may escape relegation this year. The fact that he won his first televised event last year should give him more belief that he can compete with the best, but he remains second favourite to finish bottom at 7/2.