2016 Premier League Darts- Week 1 Preview

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Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

The waiting is over! The 2016 Premier League Darts kicks off at the First Direct Arena in Leeds tomorrow night, and there are five fantastic matches in store.

Defending Premier League champion, Gary Anderson, begins his title defence against Adrian Lewis in a repeat of last month’s World Championship final, whilst old rivals Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld also clash. Josh’s Dartistry assesses the week’s action and gives his predictions.

Peter Wright v Michael Smith

Premier League debutant Michael Smith will kick off the 2016 campaign when he faces 2014 World Championship finalist Peter Wright. Both have enjoyed similar success in recent events. Both men reached the World Championship quarter-finals last month, where they were beaten by Raymond van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis respectively.

The pair were also both beaten in the Unibet Masters quarter-finals last weekend. Wright was edged out 10-9 in an epic last eight tie by Phil Taylor, whilst Smith was on the receiving end of a Michael van Gerwen rampage. After trailing 8-0, ‘Bully-Boy’ eventually succumbed to a 10-3 defeat.

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Premier League Darts 2016 line-up confirmed!

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Five-Time World Champion Raymond van Barneveld and eight-time major winner James Wade are among the wildcard selections for the 2016 Premier League, as World Number 8 Michael Smith prepares to make his debut in the competition, when the action gets underway in Leeds on February 4th.

The line-up for the 2016 Premier League was announced by PDC Chairman Barry Hearn, in the immediate aftermath of Gary Anderson’s World Championship triumph. This will be the biggest season in the competition’s history, with the overall prize money totalling £700,00.

The top four players on the PDC Order of Merit are automatic entries, therefore Michael van Gerwen, Gary Anderson, Adrian Lewis and Phil Taylor did not have to rely on a wildcard selection.

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