Premier League Night Fourteen Preview
Just three weeks remaining until we have our playoff confirmed, after winning night thirteen Jonny Clayton is the only player currently confirmed. That could all change in Sheffield, with Michael Van Gerwen also able to join The Ferret in Berlin.
MvG looking to secure Berlin place
Michael Van Gerwen knows he’s just a couple of wins away from securing a play-off place after his final defeat last week to Jonny Clayton. He could secure without winning if results further down the table go is away, but MvG will be looking to continue his impressive form with a least a place in the final.
Michael’s opponent is also looking to improve his playoff places, with Peter Wright five points ahead of Joe Cullen in fifth.
Peter Wright hasn’t found his best form in recent months and he hasn’t reached a night final since night four, and the points are crucial for Peter if he wants to be in the fight for lifting the title in June.
The winner of this crucial will take on the winner of Michael Smith and already qualified Jonny Clayton in the bottom half of the draw.
Rockstar into Semi Finals, as Wade withdraws
Joe Cullen’s play-off charge must start in Sheffield, and after the news of James Wade’s withdrawal, he will automatically receive a bye into the Semi-Finals.
Joe Cullen currently sits in fifth place, five points behind Wright, and ten points behind James Wade.
The Machine will be disappointed he’s unable to secure his play-off place this week, but all his focus will be on a full recovery before a return to the dartboard.
Rockstar will take on either Gary Anderson or Gerwyn Price in the Semi-Final.
A defeat for Gary Anderson means his slim hopes of qualifying are over.
Premier League Format
Each night will see quarter-finals, semi-finals, and a final played over the best of 11 legs (first to six).
Each player will meet the other seven players twice throughout the season in a quarter-final game, plus two further nights will feature additional fixtures in the same format.
Night 14 – Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Thursday May 12
Joe Cullen bye
Gary Anderson v Gerwyn Price
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton
Joe Cullen v Anderson/Price
Van Gerwen/Wright v Smith/Clayton