Newly crowned world champion Michael van Gerwen will begin the defence of his Betway Premier League title against two-time world champion Gary Anderson, a rematch of their recent World Championship final, when the competition gets underway at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Thursday February 2nd.
The opening nine weeks see the players meet once in the league phase, before the bottom two players are eliminated following Judgement Night in Cardiff.
The remaining eight players then face each other again in the remaining six league nights in April and May, before the top four players progress to compete in the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 18.
Van Gerwen defeated Anderson 7-3 to win his second world title a fortnight ago, halting Anderson’s incredible seventeen match winning streak at the Alexandra Palace. However, the Scotsman will have his opportunity to secure instant retribution when the tournament gets underway in Newcastle. Continue reading “Premier League Darts 2017- Fixtures Confirmed!”→
Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor will contest a winner-takes-all clash in Rotterdam next week, as the pair remain locked on points at the top of the table after they both secured comprehensive victories in Manchester on Thursday evening.
Van Gerwen only leads Taylor on legs difference, but ‘The Green Machine’ maintained top spot with a stunning 7-2 win over his compatriot Raymond van Barneveld. MvG averaged 108 against his elder statesman; reeling off five consecutive legs en route to victory.
Van Barneveld recorded an average of 101 and hit five maximums, but he was contending with an unstoppable force in the shape of the world number one. Van Gerwen came desperately close to hitting a 9-darter in the seventh leg; wiring D12 with his ninth dart.
The 27-year-old from Boxtel continued his purple-patch, as then converted sublime finishes of 122 and 167 to condemn Barney to his heaviest defeat of the campaign. Yet despite the scoreline, the five-time world champion did very little wrong.
The fixtures for the remainder of the 2016 Premier League have been announced as the battle for play-off places intensifies, and world number one Michael van Gerwen will face his arch nemesis Phil Taylor on home soil when the Premier League heads to Holland for the first time on May 12th.
Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena will host night 15 of this year’s competition, and five-time world champion Raymond van Barneveld will hope to secure victory on home territory against Peter Wright.
After Dave Chisnall and Michael Smith were eliminated on Judgement Night in Cardiff, the remaining eight players will battle it out over the next six weeks to determine who will finish in the top-four and secure a spot at the O2 Arena for finals night on May 19th.
Each player will play twice on one league night within the next four weeks, before the final two league nights, at the Manchester Arena and the sell-out Premier League debut at Rotterdam’s Ahoy Arena, feature four games on each night before the cut-off for Play-Off places.