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3 best bets on Premier League Darts finals night

| 22.05.2014

The Premier League Darts campaign will come to its epic conclusion at London’s O2 tonight with four titans of the game coming together for finals night.

Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld and Gary Anderson are all vying to be crowned champions and while there can only be one winner there are several ways to make some money and here Ladbrokes News speculates as to what are the best.

MVG to win outright @ 5/4

With Dutch legend Barney and darts behemoth Phil Taylor in the semi-final line up it is a testament to Mighty Mike’s rise up the ranks that he starts as favourite.

Odds of 5/4 might seem prohibitive at first glance but don’t be swayed into backing anyone else as your money should be safe with MVG.

If, as expected, he faces The Power in the final then his 7-0 whitewash of the sport’s greatest of all time earlier this season is all the evidence required to prove there’s a new sheriff in town.

MVG leads Anderson 14-7 and has won four of their last six so the final is a cert and despite holding losing records against Taylor and RVB is certainly the man in the ascendancy.

MVG to hit most 180s in semis @ 6/4

Anyone doubting MVG’s ability to go all the way could be tempted by the better-priced – and frankly even more likely option – of the Dutch ace throwing the most maximums during the semis.

At three per match he may have the lowest career average of all four on the night, with Taylor and Anderson on 3.25 and RVB on 3.7, but there is no contest as far as this season is concerned.

With all matches considered, Van Gerwen has thrown a whopping average of 5.75, with his countryman his closest rival on 4.25, Anderson on 3.7 and Taylor – who favours the treble 19 – languishing on 2.9.

Anderson to hit highest checkout of the night @ 3/1

To find Anderson as third favourite in this market is an absolute gem if the Premier league campaign thus far is anything to go by.

Of the four semi-finalists Dreamboy is the only one to have recorded highest checkout of the night more than once this season.

His 121, 170 and 138 finishes in Belfast, Glasgow and Aberdeen respectively put him way head of solo efforts from RVB (160 in Dublin), MVG (132 in Newcastle) and Taylor who has yet to record the best checkout of the night.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.