Months of tungsten toil will culminate in Premier League glory for one of Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld this evening, with the final of the competition contested at London’s O2 Arena.
The bwin odds compliers say it’ll be Mighty Mike reigning supreme, affording him a price of 4/5 for success ahead of 3/1 Anderson, 5/1 Chizzy and 11/2 about Barney retaining his crown.
An all Dutch encounter pits the latter against the tournament favourite, leaving a Battle of Britain affair in the remaining last-four face off, which will yield the overall winner.
World Champion Anderson is the man who will raise the Premier League gong aloft when proceedings come to a close.
The Flying Scotsman has not been shot down by his English semi-final opponent since 2012, winning five of their six career meetings and four in a row ahead of this one.
This run encompasses both matches in 2015’s Premier League, with the Scottish dartist claiming a three-leg and a two-leg victory.
He comes into the semis in scintillating touch too, having bested two multiple world champs already in May, overpowering Phil Taylor 7-5 before steamrollering Adrian Lewis 7-3 last week.
The same cannot be said about MVG, who has beaten the Power alone in his last five appearances at the oche.
He has lost to Anderson, Van Barneveld and Lewis in recent weeks and shared the spoils with Chisnall in his latest bout.
This drop in standards alone is enough to oppose his odds-on favouritism for glory here, while the fact that no thrower has successfully defended the Premier League crown since the immortal Taylor in 2008 seemingly discounts hot and cold Barney too.
Anderson’s recent fortunes suggest he’s fashioned a formula for sustaining success, claiming the previous pair of televised tournaments (the World Championships and the Players Championship Finals that preceded it), while he was victorious in the Barnsley leg of the Players Championship for the second consecutive year en routing to making Premier League finals night this time around.