2022 Premier League Darts complete guide: betting odds, start date & fixtures
Van Gerwen 9-4 favourite to claim Premier League honours
When does the 2022 Premier League Darts start?
The 2022 Premier League, the 18th edition of the tournament, starts on Thursday, February 3 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.
It is the first of 16 nights of action, staged each Thursday night in different venues across seven different countries, culminating in the playoffs on June 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.
Who is taking part in the 2022 Premier League Darts?
World number one Gerwyn Price heads the field taking part in the 2022 Premier League.
Price is joined by five-time winner Michael van Gerwen, defending champion Jonny Clayton and reigning world champion Peter Wright.
Former winners Gary Anderson and James Wade are also in the line-up alongside last month's beaten world finalist Michael Smith. Joe Cullen, who won the season-opening Masters on Sunday night, makes up the eight-man field.
Premier League Darts 2022: Dates, fixtures, venues
Story of Night One
February 3 Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
It's a marathon not a sprint yet bookmakers saw enough on the opening lap of the 2022 Premier League campaign to turn the outright market on its head.
Peter Wright picked up the five points on offer for the winner by thrashing Jonny Clayton in the first final of the revamped tournament in Cardiff.
And even though there are another 15 rounds to go before the summer playoffs, that was enough to see the reigning world champion leapfrog Gerwyn Price and Michael van Gerwen at the head of the betting. Snakebite is now a best price 100-30.
Beaten finalist Clayton – who collected three points for finishing runner-up on Night One – has been cut to 4-1 from 5-1.
Gary Anderson and James Wade were the other two points scorers on the opening night, each player collecting two apiece for getting through their opening game.
It meant the big losers were the four quarter-final casualties, Price, Van Gerwen, Michael Smith and Joe Cullen, who all failed to get a point and have all drifted in the betting.
There was a positive response to the new-look competition which will now be played as a series of 16 stand-alone knockout events.
Battle resumes next Thursday at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool where the standout quarter-final has to be the opening showdown between Wright and Van Gerwen. The Green Machine has drifted from 1-2 to 8-13 to make the playoffs following his opening-night 6-4 loss to Anderson.
Story of Night Two
February 10 M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Premier League favouritism has changed hands for the third time in a week after Jonny Clayton moved to the top of the table and the head of the outright market with victory in Liverpool on Thursday night.
Clayton, runner-up to Peter Wright a week ago on the opening night in Cardiff, made no mistake at the M&S Bank Arena, beating Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen and Joe Cullen to claim the five points.
That put the defending champion three points clear of his nearest rival Wright in the race for the playoffs and saw him leapfrog Snakebite in the outright betting, the Welshman being trimmed to a top price 7-2 and as short as 11-4 in places.
"I'm Premier League champion for a reason and I've got off to a good start this year, so long may it continue," said Clayton, who produced the night's highest average of 106.64 during his semi-final win over Van Gerwen.
Van Gerwen and pre-tournament jolly Gerwyn Price both got on the board after first-round flops in Cardiff a week ago, the Green Machine defying the odds to crush an out-of-sorts Wright 6-1.
Michael Smith is now the only player in the eight-man field yet to get off the mark.
Cullen and Van Gerwen meet next Thursday at the SSE Arena in Belfast where there is also an all-Scottish duel between Wright and Gary Anderson.
Story of Night Three
Feb 17: SSE Arena, Belfast
There is no sign of the Premier League favouritism merry-go-round ending just yet with Gerwyn Price supplanting Jonny Clayton at the head of the betting following his Night Three triumph in Belfast.
Price produced two nine-darters and an overall average for the night of over 107 at the SSE Arena, as he became the third different nightly winner in the first three weeks of the new-look tournament.
The world number one beat Michael Smith 6-3 in round one, capping that with a 170 checkout, then produced one of his nine-darters to see off Michael van Gerwen 6-5 in a high-class semi before landing a second perfect leg in a 6-4 triumph over James Wade in the final.
"I feel on top of the world right now," beamed The Iceman, who has been trimmed to 3-1 from 4-1 after moving on to seven points in the table, one point behind pacesetter Clayton. "I felt like I couldn't miss," he added.
The Ferret, the Night Two winner a week earlier in Liverpool, failed to add to his eight-point haul after suffering a first-round loss against Wade, whose three points moved him on to five in total.
Peter Wright, who had kicked off this year's revamped tournament with victory in Cardiff two weeks ago, was Wade's semi-final victim, beaten 6-4 to pick up two points to move on to seven.
Wright is a 7-2 chance, Van Gerwen 9-2 and it's 14-1 bar the front four.
Story of Night Four
Mar 3: Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Michael van Gerwen had won only two matches during the first three weeks of the Premier League before finding top gear to take Night Four honours at the Westpoint Arena.
The Dutchman dropped just three legs in a trio of masterclasses to take the £10,000 nightly prize and five points to go second in the league.
He averaged over 102 in thrashing Jonny Clayton 6-1, upped that to 104.37 in a 6-2 battering of Michael Smith and then cruised to a 6-0 whitewash of Peter Wright in the final allowing table-topper Snakebite just two looks at a double.
It was vintage stuff from the Green Machine, whose odds on going on to land a sixth Premier League crown were scythed from 5-1 to 100-30.
"I've been waiting for this for a very long time," said Van Gerwen, who became the fourth different winner in as many nights of the new-look Premier League. "And there's more to come."
Wright's run to the final leaves him on ten points, one clear of Van Gerwen with Clayton on seven. All eight players are now on the board after Smith grabbed two points for his quarter-final success over Joe Cullen.
Battle is resumed in Brighton next Thursday where Wright versus Clayton is the pick of the four quarter-finals.
Story of Night Five
Mar 10: Brighton Centre, Brighton
Michael van Gerwen is the new outright favourite for this year's Premier League after taking full advantage of Gerwyn Price's no-show by claiming victory on Night Five in Brighton.
Van Gerwen beat James Wade, Joe Cullen and then averaged 103.89 seeing off Michael Smith 6-4 in the final, and is now a best price 11-4 to go on and claim the title for a sixth time.
The win, Van Gerwen's second in the space of a week having also dotted up in Exeter seven days earlier, moves the Dutchman to 14 points, four clear of Peter Wright and Jonny Clayton in second and third places respectively.
Price is in fourth spot on seven points having failed to add to his tally after withdrawing because of a hand injury. The top four after 16 weeks qualify for the playoffs in Berlin in June.
Wright is 7-2 second favourite with Clayton and Price both on 9-2, the Iceman having drifted from 100-30 when news of his injury first broke.
The Welshman was also forced to pull out of this weekend's German Darts Championship but is hoping to be fit to line up in Nottingham next Thursday, when he is scheduled to play Van Gerwen in the quarter-finals.
Gary Anderson is now bottom of the table on two points having endured four straight first-hurdle falls since reaching the semis on the opening night in Cardiff last month. The Scot is 4-5 to finish bottom of the eight-man table.
Story of Night Six
Mar 17: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Gary Anderson's odds on making the Premier League playoffs have been scythed from 8-1 to 5-2 after he jumped off the foot of the table by winning Night Six in Nottingham.
The two-time champion was rooted to the bottom and 4-5 to still be there at the end of the 16 weeks of competition after winning just one match in the first five rounds.
But it all clicked for the Scot in Nottingham where he pipped Jonny Clayton, beat Peter Wright and then saw off Michael Smith to move to seven points and within touching distance of the top four.
Anderson has been eased to 11-4 to finish at the foot of affairs with Joe Cullen the new favourite for wooden-spoon ignominy at 15-8.
Cullen lost again – beaten 6-4 by a struggling Wright in a low-quality quarter-final – and the debutant has managed just three match wins over the first six weeks of combat, one of which was courtesy of a bye because of Gerwyn Price's no-show in Brighton last week.
Price, despite being impeded by the hand injury that prompted his withdrawal last Thursday, still managed to see off Michael van Gerwen in his opener at the Motorpoint Arena before blowing a 4-0 lead against Smith in his semi.
Van Gerwen remains the 11-4 favourite ahead of 7-2 shots Price and Wright with Clayton on the drift from 9-2 to 6-1.
Smith's run to the final – his second successive final – saw him move on to eight points and cut to 7-1 from 11-1.
The eight-man field heads for Rotterdam next Thursday when the highlight of the quarter-finals is the all-Welsh showdown between Clayton and Price.
Story of Night Seven
Mar 24: Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam
Joe Cullen's odds to win the 2022 Premier League have been slashed from 25-1 to 12-1 after he turned the formbook on its head by storming to glory on Night Seven in Rotterdam.
Cullen, who had been adrift at the bottom after six rounds, survived match darts to beat Gary Anderson 6-5, saw off Peter Wright 6-4 and then silenced the home crowd at the Rotterdam Ahoy by toppling Michael van Gerwen 6-5 in the final.
It made Rockstar the sixth different nightly winner in the eight-man field, ended a run of four successive weeks in which he hadn't won an actual match and hoisted him up to ten points from five and into the top four.
Van Gerwen's three-point haul strengthened the five-time champion's position at the top of the table and saw him trimmed to 5-2 from 11-4.
Wright and Jonny Clayton are second and third in the table and two points better off after reaching the semis.
Cullen, out to 5-1 from 15-8 to finish bottom in his debut year, said: "I was struggling a bit at the bottom but now I'm back. Winning five points keeps me right in the hunt for the playoffs."
The eight players are off to Birmingham next Thursday where Cullen is the 11-8 outsider against Gerwyn Price. Van Gerwen kicks off the evening a 4-11 chance against James Wade who, along with Michael Smith, are the two players yet to savour victory in the new format.
Story of Night Eight
Mar 31: Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Jonny Clayton has been cut to 4-1 from 6-1 for this year's Premier League following Thursday night's triumph in Birmingham.
The Ferret thrashed Michael Smith 6-1, beat Peter Wright 6-4 and then averaged a dazzling 111.16 in a seven-leg demolition of James Wade in the final to scoop the nightly £10,000 bonus and five points.
Clayton's second win of the campaign saw him move onto 17 points, tied at the top with Michael van Gerwen who leads the way on leg difference.
"That was as well as I can throw and when I'm throwing like that I'm the best in the world," beamed the Welshman. "I'm chasing Michael and hopefully I can pass him next week."
Van Gerwen drew a blank at the Utilita Arena, leaving Birmingham empty-handed after a 6-2 duffing up by Wade in the opening match of the night. The Green Machine remains the 5-2 favourite to go on to claim the title for what would be a record-equalling sixth time.
Gerwyn Price was one of the night's big losers, dropping to sixth in the table, outside the top-four playoff places, and out to 5-1 in the betting after a first-hurdle loss at the hands of Joe Cullen.
Price has won just one match in the last five weeks but will hope to return to winning ways when he shackles Wade in Leeds next Thursday.
Story of Night Nine
Apr 7: First Direct Arena, Leeds
Michael van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton, the Premier League's top two and only multiple winners of the campaign so far, meet in the tie of the night at Manchester's AO Arena on Night Ten.
Van Gerwen goes into the game the 4-6 favourite after triumphing on Thursday in Leeds, his third victory of the new-look season.
The Green Machine was handed a bye through the quarter-finals after covid victim Gary Anderson's no show, beat Peter Wright 6-3 and then battered James Wade 6-1 in the final.
Van Gerwen, who has spent the first half of the season jostling for favouritism with Wright, Clayton and Gerwyn Price, is now a clear 2-1 jolly to win the Premier League for a record-equalling sixth time.
Defending champion Clayton picked up two points in Leeds – he hammered Joe Cullen in the last eight before succumbing to Wade – and the Welshman, who has won twice this season, is now three points adrift of Van Gerwen at the top of the table and 7-2 to go on to successfully defend his title. Wright, a point further back, is 3-1.
Wade is in the final playoff place and the only man in that elite quartet who is yet to claim nightly honours after nine rounds of action.
Despite the left-hander's consistency he is still a 16-1 chance to go on to lift the trophy for a second time.
Price, who had been second in the table after three nights, now finds himself down in sixth having not won a match in each of the last three rounds as he struggles with a hand injury and is 13-2 to take the title.
Story of Night Ten
Apr 14: AO Arena, Manchester
James Wade broke his Premier League duck on Night 10 of this year’s tournament in front of a record crowd in Manchester, beating Gary Anderson, Gerwyn Price and Joe Cullen en route to the £10,000 prize.
The Machine, who was a beaten finalist in the last two weeks, now rises to third place in the table as the playoff race hots up.
Cullen overcame a below-par Michael Smith and his close friend Jonny Clayton before succumbing 6-5 to Wade, who averaged 105.
Gary Anderson and Smith, who both lost in the first round, are at risk of getting detached at the bottom of the table, the pair are now 11 and 10 points respectively behind the top four.
Michael van Gerwen remains top of the pile and is 9-4 to win the title but just a point behind him is defending champion Jonny Clayton, who is priced up at 4-1 to retain the crown.
The pair played out the game of the night in Manchester as Clayton averaged 109 and the Green Machine 105. Between them the pair took out finishes of 152, 131, 112 and 110.
Gerwyn Price’s new walk on music, Katy Perry’s Roar, didn’t propel him to victory and the World Champion is now in serious danger of missing the playoffs, falling seven points off the pace.
The 12,000 spectators in the AO Arena is a record for the most to watch a Premier League night in this country in the history of the competition.
Story of Night 11
Apr 21: P&J Live, Aberdeen
Jonny Clayton moved to the top of the Premier League pile with his third victory of the season in Aberdeen, denying his closest pursuer Michael van Gerwen in a dramatic deciding leg in the final.
The Ferret defeated home favourites Gary Anderson and Peter Wright on the night, before averaging 103.40 and surviving one match dart from Van Gerwen to land the spoils.
Clayton, who had been 7-2 to clinch the five points on offer with victory on the evening, is 13-5 for this year's Premier League, with MvG, who took home three points for his runner-up effort, the 2-1 favourite.
Wright, also beaten by Clayton in a final-leg decider, claimed two points for his run to the semi-final, as did James Wade who lost 6-3 in his last-four rumble with The Green Machine.
Apr 28: 3Arena, Dublin
May 5: OVO Hydro, Glasgow
May 12: Utilita Arena, Sheffield
May 19: O2 Arena, London
May 26: Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Jun 13: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
What is the new Premier League format?
Each of the 16 Premier League 2020 nights will comprise a mini-tournament, an eight-man knockout event featuring four quarter-finals, two semis and a final, all played over the best-of-11 legs.
Players will receive two points for reaching the semis, three for the runner-up and five for the winner. The top four points scorers over the course of the 16 events will head for Germany and the playoffs on June 13.
What happened in the Premier League last year?
The Premier League, since its inception, had always been a round-robin event and always culminated in a four-man playoffs night.
So Premier League 2021 saw ten players toeing the oche, the bottom two after nine rounds – Rob Cross and Glen Durrant – were eliminated, leaving the remaining eight to jostle for the four playoff berths.
The top four who qualified for the playoffs were Michael van Gerwen, Jose de Sousa, Nathan Aspinall and Jonny Clayton, with debutant Clayton going on to beat De Sousa 11-5 in the final.
What is the prize money on offer in the Premier League this year?
There is a record £1m in prize money on offer in this year's Premier League, with the winner collecting £275,000. As well as the outright prize money, there are £10,000 bonuses along the way for each night's winner.
Who is the favourite to win the 2022 Premier League Darts?
Gerwyn Price, the world number one, is the 10-3 favourite to scoop this year.'s event. Van Gerwen is available at 4-1 with Wright on offer at 9-2. It is the first time since Van Gerwen made his debut in 2013 that the Green Machine has not been sent off as tournament favourite.
Where can I watch the Premier League on TV?
Every dart thrown will be live on Sky Sports.
Who is the most decorated player in Premier League history?
It follows that since Phil 'The Power' Taylor was the greatest darts player ever, that he was also the most successful in the Premier League's history.
Taylor won the first running of this invitational event back in 2005, beating Colin Lloyd in the final. He would come back a year later to retain his title – indeed he won each of the first four Premier Leagues, going on to claim the title a record six times.
But Michael van Gerwen has Taylor's legacy in his sights. The Dutchman may not get close to Taylor's incredible haul of 16 world titles, but he's only one behind The Power in terms of Premier League titles with five.
The only other multiple winner of the Premier League is Gary Anderson, who lifted the trophy in 2011 and again four years later.
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