The Premier League of darts makes its long awaited comeback, this Thursday (7th February) at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena. The now 10 strong league start a 15 week tour around the UK, and the fixtures for week one do not disappoint.
Reigning champ, Phil Taylor will go head to head with Michael van Gerwin, in a replay of the recent World Championship final, in which Taylor came from behind to win his 16th title. If both players are on form, this promises to be one not to miss.
If that wasn’t enough, Adrian Lewis will face the man from the land down under, Simon Whitlock. Despite Lewis winning the World Cup, both players come into this matchup carrying poor form from the tournament. If Lewis can find a purple patch like he hit in his final singles match in Hamburg, Whitlock – last years semi finalist – will need to bring his A game.
Raymond van Barneveld will do battle with the Flying Scotsman; Gary Anderson. Anderson will surely be looking to have a strong season after a lacklustre effort last year. A win against Barneveld would be just the start to get him on track.
Also featuring are newcomers, Wes Newton and Robert Thornton – who will be playing James Wade and Andy Hamilton respectively.
The Premier League Darts Lineup
Phil Taylor – reigning and six-time Premier League Darts champion
Adrian Lewis – two-time World Champion
James Wade – 2009 Premier League Darts champion
Michael van Gerwen – 2012 World Grand Prix champion
Simon Whitlock – 2012 European Champion
Andy Hamilton – 2012 Premier League Darts semi-finalist
Wes Newton – 2012 European Championship finalist
Raymond van Barneveld – five-time World Champion
Gary Anderson – 2011 Premier League Darts champion
Robert Thornton – 2012 UK Open champion
Feb 07 – Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Feb 14 – AECC, Aberdeen
Feb 21 – BIC, Bournemouth
Feb 28 – Westpoint Arena, Exeter
Mar 07 – Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Mar 14 – Manchester Arena
Mar 21 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Mar 28 – SECC, Glasgow
Apr 04 – The Brighton Centre
Apr 11 – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
Apr 18 – The O2, Dublin
Apr 25 – NIA, Birmingham
May 02 – Echo Arena, Liverpool
May 09 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
May 16 – The O2, London (Play offs)
It’s a great lineup of players, featuring at some of the UK’s top venues. Let us know your predictions for week one, and who you think might take it all in London in May?