It’s week 15 of Premier League darts, meaning the rankings are being sorted out at The O2 in London for next week’s final clash before the play-offs.
Thursday is the last of the regular season games as next week there will be a seeded draw with top vs bottom and so on to determine the final top 4.
While the participation of third-placed James Wade is still doubtful, behind him they are fighting for the coveted fourth place.
Peter Wright is the man in possession and with Snakebite set to play Wade in London he could well get a free-kick.
Gerwyn Price’s win last week put him just two points behind Wright in the table, but Price meets leaders Jonny Clayton in a tough opener.
Joe Cullen is just a point behind and will be keen to progress against bottom-placed Gary Anderson
Michael Smith meets second-placed Michael van Gerwen, who after his first wins of the season last week finally wants to achieve a win of the week.
Week 15 order of play
Gerwyn Price 19:10 Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith 19:40 Michael van Gerwen
James Wade 20:10 Peter Wright
Joe Cullen 20:40 Gary Anderson
The semi-finals will start around 20:40 BST, while the final is expected to take place at 21:45 BST.
Gerwyn Price vs. Jonny Clayton
Although the format wasn’t to his liking, Gerwyn Price clinched his second win of the week in Sheffield last Thursday.
The win moved the Welshman to fifth place in the table and is now just two points adrift of Wright with two weeks to go.
Meeting defending champion Jonny Clayton is hardly ideal for a man trying to push his way into the play-offs, but this week may not stop there.
If Price and Wright stay in fifth and fourth place, they will face off next week in the quarterfinals on a night where the top 4 will be decided.
Michael Smith versus Michael van Gerwen
Michael Smith won two Players Championship events last week before beating Clayton in the Premier League – only to lose 6-5 to Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals.
MVG is Smith’s opponent once again as he looks for a bonus for winning the Premier League season, which looks like his last chance to make a play-off claim.
Meeting Mighty Mike has been a problem for Smith in this competition as the Dutchman has won all five meetings so far – although the last three have ended narrowly 6-5.
MVG, who have won more legs than anyone this season (161), remain in second place, three points behind Clayton, and would face Smith again next week if their positions remain the same.
James Wade versus Peter Wright
James Wade won’t be going anywhere near full speed, having only just returned from the hospital, and in Peter Wright he meets a man refreshed after a brief break from the oche.
With a busy spell ahead, Wright skipped the recent Czech Darts Open event for a much-needed break, hitting a reset after losing his last six straight games.
Snakebite needs to shoot as his top 4 spot is now under serious threat, so he needs to get back to his best form to stand a chance of winning this event.
Joe Cullen vs Gary Anderson
Joe Cullen joins Price to be on Wright’s neck and in sixth place but just three points behind, The Rockstar still has a live chance.
Even more so as Cullen meets rock bottom Anderson, who has really struggled for form this year in general and not just in the Premier League.
Cullen is holding his own after being the last man to qualify for the event and if he gets off to a quick start against Anderson he could challenge in London.
He could face Wright here in the semifinals where a win would really open things up ahead of next week.
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