The 2009 Premier League darts season gets under way at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this Thursday and Phil-the power-Taylor is again the man to beat. Fresh from his Players Championship victory last sunday the bookies have – not surprisingly – made Taylor the odds on favourite. Taylor has won all previous four Premier Leagues and in current form it would be hard to say he won’t make it five.
Taylor is joined in this years tournament by the remainder of the top six players from the PDC Order of Merit – James Wade, Raymond van Barneveld, John Part, Terry Jenkins and Mervyn King – with wild cards Jelle Klaasen and Wayne Mardle making up the eight for this years event.
Thur 5th Feb – Echo Arena, Liverpool
Thur 12th Feb – Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
Thur 19th Feb – Ricoh Arena, Coventry
Thur 26th Feb – Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Thur 5th Mar – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
Thur 12th Mar – MEN Arena, Manchester
Thur 19th Mar – Brighton Centre, Brighton
Thur 26th Mar – NIA, Birmingham
Thur 2nd Apr – SECC, Glasgow
Thur 9th Apr – Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Thur 16th Apr – Trent FM Arena, Nottingham
Thur 23rd Apr – AECC, Aberdeen
Thur 30th Apr – Sheffield Arena, Sheffield
Thur 7th May – CIA, Cardiff
Mon 25th May – Play-Offs & Final – Wembley Arena
Phil Taylor 1/2 with Sky Bet.
Raymond van Barneveld 5/1 with Sportingbet.
James Wade 10/1 with Boylesports.
Mervyn King 25/1 with William Hill.
Terry Jenkins 28/1 with 888sport.
Jelle Klaasen 33/1 with Totesport.
John Part 50/1 with Coral.
Wayne Mardle 66/1 with Blue Square.
Any player to have a nine darter this year is 13/8 with Ladbrokes.