This event has become one of its own with its Thursday billing since 2005 and we have only had five winners of the event.
The 2019 event has an added twist to the receipt of Gary Anderson’s medical withdrawal from the event.
Anderson has had back issues for sometime and those casting back to the World Grand Prix in October had the biggest hint that it was a matter of when it would become so much of an issue for Gary requiring time out.
Back in Ireland he had intense treatment during the event and wasn’t a surprise to then hear him at the World Championships that he needed a break. Let’s hope Anderson comes back for one last run as there is no secret on his proposed retirement plans!
With Anderson out, the PDC has taken a potentially fresher direction in replacing Anderson. If you had not read already they have lined up guest players from the tour to fill the void.
With my anger and frustration over the PDC’s decision from fans believing a player should replace Anderson and not the proposal in place is this really the case of fans not liking change?
All in all, MVG was 5/6 to claim the crown before the new season, before shortening to 8/15. Each way backers will only get 1/3 odds on him to get to the final so worth avoiding.
One bet we are liking is for no 9 dart finish. At even money there is a fair chance to argue both sides of the argument. However with just two PDC televised finishes last year the Premier League failed to see one and is 1/1 with Ladbrokes, Corals and Betfred.
There are plenty of specials out there but the no 9 dart finish does appeal.
Some may fancy Cross not to make the semi finals but get on the 9 dart recommendation at the minimum price acceptable at evens.