Premier League Darts 2021: Wayne Mardle provides his verdict on this yr’s 10 contenders


Wayne Mardle makes his Premier League predictions for the opening night time of motion and the season

After an unpredictable darting yr in 2020, Premier League Darts returns for 2021 with the primary of 5 consecutive nights on Monday. The match will once more happen behind-closed-doors and it is received Wayne Mardle confused – however we have nonetheless received him to mud off the crystal ball and make some predictions.

Are you aware what? I am so not sure about so many gamers…

I preserve trying and making my desk of predictions after which I believe, dangle on a minute. I can not settle as a result of if I am trustworthy, I had Glen Durrant mid-table final yr and he ended up profitable the league and solely Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen have completed that.

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7-4 Nathan Aspinall vs Glen Durrant 6-6
5-7 Rob Cross vs Jose De Sousa 5-7
6-6 Peter Wright vs Jonny Clayton 7-4
7-4 Gerwyn Value vs Gary Anderson 6-6
6-6 Michael van Gerwen vs Dimitri Van den Bergh 7-4
  • This yr it is Wayne Mardle vs Mark Webster
  • Three factors for precisely the precise end result
  • One level for the precise consequence

I imagine we have Michael van Gerwen, Nathan Aspinall, Rob Cross and Glen Durrant all sad with the best way that they’re enjoying. Peter Wright you possibly can add into that… I do know that he performed nicely final week however that is the primary time in fairly some time [he has done that].

Gary Anderson goes residence from these occasions and he would not appear to be one factor or the opposite. He hates dropping and he tries so arduous the entire time when he is competing. He hates dropping, however he left the spring collection early.

Dimitri Van den Bergh has to nonetheless be injured together with his knee, has to. I used to be studying that it takes about six months to really feel regular about [a knee injury] once more and but he was on his leg inside six days and enjoying! I could not fairly imagine that. I believe that Jose de Sousa has dropped a degree once more.

I am not placing everybody down right here! I am simply saying that it should be troublesome to foretell!

Gerwyn Price won the World Championship and is the world No 1 - Mardle believes he will be hard to keep out of the top four

Gerwyn Value gained the World Championship and is the world No 1 – Mardle believes he shall be arduous to maintain out of the highest 4

Gerwyn Value was on Instagram saying that he cannot get motivated on the day of a tour occasion. That was the identical day that Gary Anderson went residence, and it was additionally the identical day that Michael van Gerwen did not even flip up!

I believe it is unattainable to name. The one who’s clearly, clearly actually having fun with himself is Jonny Clayton.

Nathan Aspinall, Rob Cross and Glen Durrant, they don’t seem to be enjoying nicely. Aspinall has mentioned firstly of this yr that it is a massive yr for him. When you begin worrying about that, possibly he feels he cannot produce like he did final yr and the yr earlier than.

Durrant, the reigning Premier League champion, his sport is in turmoil, his thoughts is in turmoil and he is not in a superb place. Every thing has modified for him… he is packed up work, he is all the time labored and now he isn’t. I do not know what to anticipate.

All I do know is that I believe Michael van Gerwen and Gerwyn Value are going to be actually arduous to maintain out of the highest 4, that is all I do know!

As for final yr….

I am taking a look at final yr’s desk and I have a look at the best way Glen completed it… I am taking a look at a number of the attracts he had and pondering in the event that they’d have gone the opposite manner. There have been 5 attracts in there and I imagine that he may have misplaced all 5.

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Glen Durrant beat Nathan Aspinall to carry the title final yr, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright additionally made the highest 4

Glen Durrant beat Nathan Aspinall to carry the title final yr, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright additionally made the highest 4

I am pondering what if a number of the different matches went the opposite manner after which he would not have made the highest 4. I am taking a look at Van Gerwen and pondering that he was doing alright after which all of it fell aside.

Gary went on this good run and I anticipate him to do this once more this yr, as a result of the best way that the Premier League is – it will be performed in blocks of 4 or 5 – Gary truly mentioned that it does him a favour and helps him get into some type.

I believe we will see a whole lot of that this yr, I believe that we will see a whole lot of gamers go on these runs – possibly dropping a couple of earlier than profitable three or 4 video games.

Michael Smith went on a dismal run in the direction of the top, he was doing completely superb after which it got here to week 9 or 10 and all of it went flawed for him. Rob Cross began off okay after which received worse. Daryl Gurney simply could not put sufficient wins collectively.

I believe that that is the yr the place they’ll share it out, I actually do. Do you keep in mind a few years in the past when you possibly can predict the winners straight off the bat? It is not about the truth that I haven’t got confidence in any of them now, I simply assume that the darting panorama in the meanwhile on the very prime, a whole lot of them are usually not snug on the dart board. It is so troublesome to name.

Prediction Time

Trying again ultimately yr Rob Cross kicked off with a draw and a win, and he was within the prime 4 after three weeks. Then, all of it went flawed so issues do change!

Rob Cross has struggled for form and was eliminated from the Premier League after the first phase last year (Picture: Lawrence Lustig)

Rob Cross has struggled for type and was eradicated from the Premier League after the primary section final yr (Image: Lawrence Lustig)

My prime 4, are people who find themselves all world champions, we have Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Value second, Gary Anderson third and Peter Wright fourth.

I’ll have gotten each one in all them flawed, there are instances to get all of them flawed. Gary Anderson may lose curiosity, Gerwyn Value shall be there combating so will Van Gerwen, however he was combating final yr and got here sixth!

Peter Wright for me, I’ve received completely no thought the place his type is.

These prime 4 gamers are arduous to maintain out once they’re enjoying nicely.

  • Winner: Michael van Gerwen
  • Prime 4: MvG, Gary Anderson, Peter Wright & Gerwyn Value
  • Eradicated: I actually do not know, possibly…Rob Cross & Nathan Aspinall

And the winner is……

Michael van Gerwen, I nonetheless assume that he is the perfect participant on the planet, whether or not he’s enjoying prefer it or not, I do not know! I simply assume he’s the perfect.

MvG suffered quarter-final defeat to Dave Chisnall at the World Championship - and last year missed out on the play-offs for the first time, but Mardle believes he is the most likely champion

MvG suffered quarter-final defeat to Dave Chisnall on the World Championship – and final yr missed out on the play-offs for the primary time, however Mardle believes he’s the almost definitely champion

Most in bother? The one which stands out is Glen Durrant. He has spoken about his issues together with his sport and he has not received a whole lot of confidence proper now.

I do not wish to say that he will get eradicated and that is truth, however I do imagine that Glen, Rob Cross and Nathan Aspinall are going to have to enhance.

All three of them want one thing to alter. Whether or not it takes one, two or three weeks to maintain Aspinall, Cross and Duzza out of the elimination locations. I believe that it should be actually powerful for them.

Watch the 2021 Premier League stay on Sky Sports activities – the motion will get underway on Monday April 5 with 5 consecutive nights of motion from the Marshall Enviornment, Milton Keynes.



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