PDC World Champion Rob Cross

Premier League Darts: 3/1 Rob Cross The Value Bet?

It is that time of year again. The 2018 Premier League Darts campaign gets underway in Dublin on Thursday night and plenty of punters will be expecting newly crowned world champion Rob Cross to challenge prominently this year.

The Englishman was dominant in the January showpiece, defeating Phil Taylor 7-2 in his farewell final on the big stage. With the line-up for this year’s Premier League now set, excitement is building and 888sport customers can keep an eye on the latest betting markets via this link.

From world number one Michael van Gerwen to Welsh wizard Gerwyn Price, this might just be the most talented roster since the tournament’s formation in 2005. Check out my thoughts on this year’s competition below – Cross might be the man to beat…


Michael Van Gerwen

Van Gerwen claimed his fourth successive Masters title on Sunday evening and the world number one will take some stopping as he chases a fourth Premier League crown.


In terms of power scoring, nobody can match “Mighty Mike” but he will need to be consistent on his double-hitting in order to win this tournament for the third year in a row.

Odds: 13/25 to win the regular season, 17/20 to win the playoffs


Rob Cross

Cross crashed out of the Masters in dramatic fashion but it would be foolish to write him off based on that effort. The world champion will expect to get off to a fast start and he is the value pick at 3/1. If he replicates his World Championship form, he will be tough to stop and plenty of neutrals will be expecting another quality showing from Cross here.

Odds: 33/10 to win the regular season, 3/1 to win the playoffs


Gary Anderson

Anderson has struggled with a back injury but the “Flying Scotsman” should be good to go for Thursday’s opener with Michael Smith. 2017 was an almost year for the Scot as he was forced to settle for second place in several major events. Watch this space, Anderson will be licking his wounds and could feature prominently if he regains his best form.

Odds: 7/1 to win the regular season, 11/2 to win the playoffs


Peter Wright

Included in the Premier League line-up for his entertainment value as well as his quality at the oche, Wright is capable of going all the way.

Currently ranked as the world number two, the 2017 UK Open champion will fancy his chances this weekend. After losing in last year’s final, Wright will expect to compete for glory this time around.

Odds: 10/1 to win the regular season, 7/1 to win the playoffs


Daryl Gurney

One of the new kids on the block. Gurney showed plenty of promise in 2017 before a shock exit in last month’s World Championships. The 31-year-old has the potential to finish near the top but could also crash and burn; consistency has been a problem in the past. Don’t write him off though, Gurney is a good bet at 33/1 to come out on top.

Odds: 33/1 to win the regular season, 33/1 to win the playoffs


Raymond van Barneveld

Van Barneveld gave compatriot Van Gerwen a real scare in the Masters final and it would be foolish to write him off completely. A real fan favourite, Barney will go down as one of the greatest darts players of all-time and a second Premier League triumph would be welcomed by neutrals. He still has plenty of gas in the tank…

Odds: 33/1 to win the regular season, 33/1 to win the playoffs


Michael Smith

Once touted as a future world champion, the 27-year-old still has time on his side. Smith found himself out of his depth in the 2016 Premier League, finishing bottom of the table after winning just one match.

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He gave Cross a stern test in their World Championship clash in December and could push for a top half finish with a bit of luck.

Odds: 66/1 to win the regular season, 50/1 to win the playoffs


Mensur Suljovic

The 2017 Champions League of Darts winner has the capacity to win on the big stage but he is prone to mistakes. Currently ranked as the sixth best player in darts, Suljovic enjoyed a solid season last year and he will be looking to compete for trophies this time around. A good showing in the Premier League would bode well for future events.

Odds: 80/1 to win the regular season, 40/1 to win the playoffs


Gerwyn Price

Price was one of the standout performers at the World Championships, reaching the third round before losing to Van Gerwen. In that contest, Price gave a decent account of himself and had his opponent riled but class told in the end. Most neutrals expect Price to finish bottom but the Welshman could be this year’s surprise package.

Odds: 100/1 to win the regular season, 100/1 to win the playoffs


Simon Whitlock

Whitlock hasn’t been anywhere near his brilliant best in recent years but the Australian did come within a whisker of hitting a nine-dart finish in the Masters this weekend.

Based on that form, Whitlock could go far this year and plenty of punters will believe that he is worth backing at 150/1. In sport, you never know – Whitlock is certainly talented enough.

Odds: 200/1 to win the regular season, 150/1 to win the playoffs


*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*