Ten of the world’s best players will do battle over the next few months up and down the country for this prestigious title, although the bookies have largely narrowed it to three players who can be celebrating at the O2 in May.
Van Gerwen was unstoppable at Alexandra Palace when becoming the world champion on New Year’s Day, with the Dutchman a 15/8 chance with Boylesports free bet to claim back-to-back Premier League titles after triumphing in 2013.
It’s hard to pick too many faults with Mighty Mike who finished top of the regular standings in 2013 before beating James Wade and then Taylor in the play-offs, with the 24-year-old claiming eleven victories from his sixteen games.
MVG will surely be one of the four players entering the play-offs and it will be a major surprise if The Power doesn’t also feature at the O2 Arena, with the 16-time world champion having enjoyed an excellent 2013 despite losing to Michael Smith in the World Championship.
There is little sign that Taylor’s star is waning and he’s a 2/1 chance to claim yet another Premier League title, with the Power facing MVG in a Liverpool opener which is sure to have the fans on the edge of their seats.
Adrian Lewis is a 5/1 chance to win his first Premier League title and certainly has the game to rival the top two in the world, with Jackpot having enjoyed a return to form in the second half of 2013 even if he was whitewashed by Van Gerwen in the World Championship.
The Stoke ace actually lost ten of his sixteen games in 2013 and is prone to inconsistency although some bookies go as short as 4/1 about a player who seems to have his act together right now.
Peter Wright is fourth favourite with several firms despite Snakebite being a debutant following an excellent World Championship which saw the Scot reach the final and stage a comeback against Van Gerwen at Alexandra Palace.
Wright is a crowd entertainer and could well be the surprise package of the Premier League, with odds of 20/1 about him claiming victory although his lack of experience in this format could be telling.
Simon Whitlock has been a permanent fixture for several years and can be backed at 20/1, while Raymond van Barneveld finished second in the regular standings last term although needed a Sky Sports wildcard to be included this time around.
There will be two players “relegated” as per last season and Wes Newton is a 10/11 chance although the Warrior is probably too short on this market and you can get 5/2 about the likes of Robert Thornton and Dave Chisnall which looks a far better proposition.