Premier League Darts Preview: Week 14

Michael Van Gerwen is looking to put an end to Phil Taylor’s play-off hopes as he takes on his greatest rival in Sheffield, whilst Gary Anderson will be hoping to book his place for finals night as he takes on James Wade.

Peter Wright vs Adrian Lewis

Snakebite will be looking for a win to keep the pressure on MVG by beating Lewis in order to claim the £25,000 league winner’s bonus for winning the league phase.

Wright has been working hard to prepare himself  saying:” I’ve got two games to play and I want to take four points and push Michael for that top spot”. He said:” I’m looking to finish top and I’ve been working hard on the practice board to get myself ready for this”.

Lewis sits in 6th place in the league table and needs a win over Wright to give him a chance to qualify for the top 4 with his qualification hopes looking rather slim, with the 2x world champion 2 points off the play-offs with a maximum of four points available.

Raymond Van Barneveld vs Dave Chisnall

Barney comes into this fixture on the back of a defeat by Gary Anderson in Birmingham last week and after a strong start to the campaign has petered off in recent weeks to find himself languishing outside of the play-offs with two games left to play.

Chizzy is in rejuvenated form having boosted his play-off hopes during a five-match unbeaten run which spawned two wins and three draws and believes he can still qualify for the top 4.

” I’m still in with a shout and I’ll prepare myself like I have for the last few weeks”. Chisnall said.

He continued:” If I could have started the league like I’m ending it I’d probably be top, but I still think I can get through. Raymond’s a great player so I’ll just keep playing my own game and hopefully I can keep getting the results”.

James Wade vs Gary Anderson 

Anderson currently sits in 3rd place in the table, a solitary point clear of Phil Taylor in fourth and two-clear of RVB and is hoping a win over wade can ensure his place for finals night at the O2.

Anderson is on a high after winning Sunday’s player’s championship in Birmingham and speaking before the game he said.

” I’m playing okay and I’m happy with where I am in the table but obviously I want to win on Thursday and make sure I get in the play-offs” he said.

Wade on the other hand has a slim chance of making the play-offs, but will have to win his final two matches against Anderson and Chisnall respectively and hope other results work in his favour to secure qualification.

The Machine admits It’s a tall order to qualify saying:” I am where I am in the table but it might be too late now”. The Aldershot thrower admitted.” There’s a chance but you should never leave it this late or put yourself in this position”.

” I started the season okay and it hasn’t gone so well in the latter stages, but there are no excuses”.

Michael Van Gerwen vs Phil Taylor

Reigning champion Van Gerwen is in fine form after a whitewash of Lewis last week in Birmingham as well as a nine-darter in the Players Championship on route to winning Saturday’s event.

” I’m feeling great and it’s good that I qualified, but I want to make sure I  finish top of the table so I want to keep my form going”. MVG said.

He added:” I know if I win I will finish top so I’m aiming for that against Phil. It’s never easy against him but I’m confident and playing well”.

The 16x world champion on the other hand is hoping to defeat MVG which would give him a play-off place in his farewell year if other results go his way.

” Getting into the top 4 has been the target all season and it would be great if I can make it into the semi-finals”. He said

 

 

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