Betway Premier League – Finals Night Preview

Betway Premier League - Finals Night Preview

So Finals Night is upon us, and the four best players in the world will compete to be crowned the Betway Premier League Champion of 2016.

Michael van Gerwen, Phil Taylor, Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis are the men who will battle it out for the £200,000 first prize.

After finishing at the top of the table, Michael van Gerwen will play fourth placed Adrian Lewis.

Elsewhere, six time Premier League champion, Phil Taylor, will take on reigning champion Gary Anderson.

We look forward to what promises to be an exciting night at The O2 in London.

Michael van Gerwen vs Adrian Lewis

World Number One, Michael van Gerwen, sealed his place at the top of the table in exciting fashion last week, beating Phil Taylor 7-5 in front of 10,000 Dutch fans in the Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam.

It was a back and forward game, with van Gerwen averaging 101.24, including 4 maximums and a 164 checkout.

‘Mighty Mike’ has topped the league phase for the top four years, reaching three finals in that time to date, but has only converted one of those to victory, when he beat Phil Taylor in 2013.

The Dutchman was then defeated by compatriot Raymond van Barneveld in 2014, before Gary Anderson lifted the trophy in 2015.

The 27 year old will be desperate to once again lift the Betway Premier League trophy high above his head, but he faces a tough challenge to do so, having to first get through Adrian Lewis.

Lewis traveled to Rotterdam with his O2 berth in doubt, with Peter Wright having the opportunity to take his place and Lewis facing a tough match against reigning World and Premier League Champion, Gary Anderson.

His place at the O2 was confirmed when Raymond van Barneveld and Peter Wright played out a draw, with Wright missing multiple darts at double to pile the pressure on Lewis,

That turned out to be irrelevant, as ‘Jackpot’ came out and sealed his place with a 7-2 victory over Anderson, even if the Stoke native only averaged 93.22.

Van Gerwen enjoys playing against Lewis, winning seven of their last nine meetings, including two wins in this years competition, with a 7-5 victory in Bournemouth and a 7-4 success in Dublin.

The recent results suggest that it will be a tight game between the two, but ultimately van Gerwen will win through.

I see this trend continuing, with the Dutchman reaching his fourth successive Premier League final, but it will be no rout.

My Pick: Michael van Gerwen

Gary Anderson vs Phil Taylor

This match-up sees the world number two and three coming together to contest for the right to reach the final.

Both men are coming off the back of losses last week, with Taylor losing to van Gerwen and Anderson losing comprehensively to Adrian Lewis.

Taylor didn’t play as well as he has in recent weeks in Rotterdam, and perhaps the crowd had an effect on that, but if one thing is for sure its that ‘The Power’ will show up in London.

The 55 year old has made no secret of his desire to win another major title, and his seventh Premier League title, and he is playing well enough to do just that.

Gary Anderson was brushed aside by Adrian Lewis last week despite averaging more and hitting more 180’s.

It was the 22% (2/9) checkout success that determined his downfall, but it was a bit of a dead rubber for him, with his league position unable to change.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ always saves his best performances for the biggest of stages, and thrives in those matches, as shown with his two Premier League titles and two World Championship crowns.

Anderson doesn’t have much success against Taylor, winning only 13 of their 50 meetings, including two losses in this years Premier League.

It’s tough to pick against Anderson in these type of matches because of how well he seems to perform in them, but I see Taylor getting the job done.

My Pick: Phil Taylor.

The Final

If my predictions become reality, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor will compete for the 51st time.

Since the start of 2015, Taylor has only beaten Michael van Gerwen once in their 12 meetings in that time.

I see Michael van Gerwen winning the 2016 Betway Premier League, further establishing himself as the best player in the world.