Premier League Darts Preview – Week 1

Eight of the best dart-ists on planet earth collide week in, week out across 17 unmissable nights in the Premier League, and the action starts this Thursday!

The 2022 line-up is dripping in titles and silverware, but who will scoop the first Premier League title since the format revamp?

Jonny Clayton is the defending champion having landed the crown in 2021, but his seven colleagues will be nipping at the heels of the “Ferret” across the next few months.

Let’s take a look at the picks for week 1:

Joe Cullen to throw the most 180s v Jonny Clayton

Joe Cullen’s tail is up following Sunday’s Masters title.

The “Rockstar” not only picked up his maiden TV title, but secured a spot in the Premier League in dramatic style.

Cullen’s throwing is smooth as silk at the moment and maximums are expected to flow in Cardiff.

The crowd will be in the corner of Clayton, but Cullen to pepper the 60-bed with the most 180s in the match is a solid option.

Gerwyn Price to edge out 6-5 James Wade

Thursday’s trip to Cardiff should prove to be one of the rare occasions that Gerwyn Price doesn’t get booed during a darts match.

The Welshman is blowing a little hot and cold at the moment but will fancy his chances against a similarly spikey character: James Wade.

Price has won the last two meetings 6-2 and 6-1, but Thursday will be tighter as Wade rallies as the underdog.

6-5 provide value as both players hold their throw throughout. 

Peter Wright v Michael Smith over 9.5 legs

It’s a repeat of this year’s World Championship final, as “Bully Boy” Smith seeks revenge against Peter Wright.

Wright scooped the Sid Waddell trophy following a late purple patch inside the Ally Pally, but this shorter format may suit the youngster.

There is very little to separate these two, with over 9.5 legs a good option.

Avoid the winners market here – unless you fancy tossing a coin.

Michael van Gerwen (-2.5 handicap) v Gary Anderson

There have been a few head scratches following the inclusion of Gary Anderson in this season’s Premier League, with the likes of Rob Cross, Jose de Sousa and Nathan Aspinall having to miss out.

Anderson hasn’t won a major singles title since 2018 and doesn’t particularly look committed to the sport.

MVG – on the other hand – is pumped up and ready to prove himself once again.

The Dutchman’s doubling is letting him down, but he should be able to derail the “Flying Scotsman”.