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On February 6th, the favorite event of the year for all of the darts’ fans and punters, Premier League 2020 season will begin. Starting back from 2005, this season is the 16th successful term of the darts’ tournaments. The game follows a round-robin format to reach the playoffs. With two players making their debut alongside the former champions this season, 2020 Darts Premier League odds are high.
The regular watchers and fans may probably know this by heart now, but there are three phases and nine players in the tournament. The world’s top four are automatically on the list. The remaining five competitors are chosen by the organizer and founder of Sky Sports and PDC each year. Getting into the competitors’ list itself is an opportunity that almost all of the aspiring darts’ players want. Even if the participants don’t advance to the finals or even semi-finals, League is the biggest step for the players to advance later on.
The winners’ prize has reached a total of £825.000 this year, including the League Winner Bonus. The player who gets eliminated first will get 35.000 pounds, which is still higher than the reward for the regular-season games. The champion of the tournament will get £250.000, which was won by Michael van Gerwen last year.
Will the five-time champion be able to protect his title?
Online sportsbooks in Germany are expecting the five-time champion to continue his successful strikes for this year too. He has averaged an astounding 103.36 points and hit almost half of his doubles. Let alone this was enough to get him to defeat his competitor Rob Cross. Now that he has won four consecutive titles and five in total, he has secured his place in this year’s League.
According to Bet365, he has an odd of 1.66 against Peter Wright in the first phase of the game. There were only nine players in last year’s league. Because of that, a new system has been introduced last year. Surprisingly, that has been proven so successful that they have decided to keep it. There are nine “challengers”, who are talented young players or local favorites.
In the first phase of the league, the eight players will play against each other with a maximum of 12 legs. The ninth player will play against one of the challengers, whose points will not be accounted for in the league games. However, he will collect points for each win or draw against the main players. At the end of the game, they will get financial benefits for their points. The one to come in last will be eliminated.
The second phase continues with the remaining eight players, who will have weekly matches of a maximum of 14 legs. The last four will leave the game in this stage.
2020 Darts Premier League odds picture an exciting match
This will leave us with four semi-finalists. It may be a little too early to count the 2020 Darts Premier league odds. However, based on the betting odds of the players you can still predict who is going to advance to the finals. Former semi-finalist Nathan Aspinall has a 1.80 odd against 3.40 of Henderson in the first match. Also, it might be safe to say that the one with Wright and van Gerwen is pretty obvious by now. Except for these two, the betting odds are pretty equal for the players.
The online gambling sites in Germany are pretty sure that you wouldn’t be putting too much risk if you place your bet on van Gerwen this year. Also, a smart choice would be Henderson, a UK Open champion who has won the title against the famous Rob Cross. The 2020 Darts Premier League odds are also leaning onto the former champion, Gary Anderson. He has earned his nickname “The Flying Scotsman” by winning the title in 2015 and 2016 consecutively.