We’re five matches into this season’s Premier League darts and the league is beginning to take some form of shape – a very top-heavy shape, resembling Katie Price in her pomp.
Just two points separate the top eight, with Jose de Sousa and Glen Durrant the current trouble-makers at the bottom of the pile.
Jonny Clayton is continuing his 2021 form by topping the standings at this point, but with every player suffering at least one defeat, there is still plenty to play for ahead of Judgement Night on April 22.
Let’s take a closer look at the movers and shakers in the winners market for the 2021 Darts Premier League crown.
Michael van Gerwen – 11/5 into 8/5 at 888sport
“Mighty Mike”may not be so mighty at the moment, but the Dutchman can never be ruled out of any tournament.
He’s a five-time Premier League champion and a three-time world champion, after all, and on his day can still obliterate any of the field.
There’s no doubt the 31-year-old is struggling without fans in attendance and has slightly taken his eye off the bullseye, but the bookies have still shoved him from 11/5 in to 8/5 after the first five matches.
He’s taken six points from 10 available so far, but still has plenty to offer.
Jonny Clayton – 16/1 into 5/1 at bet365
Go Jonny, Go, Go Go!
The Masters champion from earlier on in the year is playing the best darts of anyone else at the moment, riding an incredible 2021 wave.
How long will that last is the biggest question, and will the Welshman be able to kick on and contest his second major title?
He’s the only man with a three-figure average at present, and with seven points is the current league leader at this early stage.
He’s already nailed the perfect nine-dart finish in the league and will be looking to make even more history when we return to the oche!
Dimitri van den Bergh – 12/1 into 13/2 at Unibet
Dancing Dimitri is enjoying his debut season in the Premier League, sitting second after the first five matches.
The Belgian youngster is playing fearless darts and is showing his ability under the microscope of the Premier League.
Six points from 10 is enough to see his price shift from 12/1 into 13/2, with his Matchplay win from 2020 giving him that confidence that he can deliver under pressure.
We over at Odds Manager like the chances of the vibrant “DreamMaker” – jump on his price now before the second phase begins.
Glen Durrant – 20/1 out to 500/1 at bet365
Poor Glen Durrant.
“Duzza” won this title in 2020 but ever since has struggled at the oche.
The Middlesbrough man has been ironed out in all five of his matches so far suffering an 11-35 leg record, and his price has sky-rocketed to an incredible 500/1.
Durrant already looks set for the Judgement Night chop, but let’s hope he can find at least one victory over the course of his painful title defence.
Please note that all odds are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.