The 2019 Unibet Premier League continues with Night 13 at Arena Birmingham on Thursday, as Michael van Gerwen seeks to avenge his defeat to James Wade earlier in the season.
Van Gerwen regained his place at the top of the Premier League table with a comprehensive victory over previous leader Rob Cross in Cardiff last week.
However, the Dutchman had suffered a shock 7-3 loss to Wade in Exeter on Night Four, a loss which had ended his winning start to the season.
World number one Van Gerwen must now overturn that result to stay on track to maintain his impressive record of topping the Premier League standings every year since his 2013 debut season.
Third-placed Wade comes into the contest on the back of a resounding 8-2 win over Peter Wright in the Welsh capital, having claimed back-to-back Players Championship titles in the previous weekend.
The in-form 2009 Premier League champion insists he has no fears about once again locking horns with Van Gerwen as he looks to book his place at The O2 for the first time since 2013.
Fourth-placed Gerwyn Price is hoping his landmark win in Cardiff can act as a catalyst to secure a Play-Off place ahead of his meeting with Cross, who now sits a point behind Van Gerwen.
Proud Welshman Price delighted his home crowd with an 8-5 victory over Michael Smith, which featured two roof-raising 170 finishes in successive legs, to maintain his place in the Play-Off spots and keep alive his dream of a debut appearance at The O2.
With four games left to play, the battle is on for the four places in the Play-Offs at The O2 on May 23, with just two points separating the four players placed third to sixth.
Mensur Suljovic currently sits just outside the coveted top four places in fifth, and he will face 2018 runner-up Smith in the opening game of the night in Birmingham.
Daryl Gurney suffered defeat to Suljovic in a crucial clash in Cardiff, but the Players Championship Finals winner will look to bounce back against Peter Wright.
Unibet Premier League of Darts – Birmingham Matches
Unibet Spokesperson Jack Milner: “James showed tremendous tenacity to beat MVG in Exeter and remains poised for a top-four place after last week’s crushing 8-2 defeat of Peter Wright in Cardiff.
“Wade is now 10/1 for a maiden Unibet PL Title however, World Number One Michael Van Gerwen is the 1/2 favourite with the sponsors to reign supreme once more, odds-on to beat Wadey in Birmingham. MVG is 15/8 to be ‘King of the Oche’ on Thursday and is 28/1 to hit a nine-darter in front of Thursday’s sell-out crowd.”
Michael Smith, Rob Cross and Michael Van Gerwen all to win 6/1
Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross and Michael Van Gerwen all to win 6/1
Gerwyn Price, Michael Van Gerwen and Daryl Gurney all to win 10/1
Gerwyn Price, Michael Van Gerwen and Michael Smith all to win 10/1
Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross and Michael Van Gerwen all to win 12/1
Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross and Michael Van Gerwen all to win 16/1
Mensur Suljovic, Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross and Michael Van Gerwen all to win 18/1
Gerwyn Price, Michael Smith, Michael Van Gerwen and Daryl Gurney all to win 25/1
Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross and James Wade all to win 66/1
Michael Van Gerwen, Rob Cross and Michael Smith ALL Most 180s 5/1
Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross and Michael Smith ALL Most 180s 6/1
Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price ALL Most 180s 8/1
Michael Van Gerwen, Daryl Gurney, Rob Cross and Michael Smith ALL Most 180s 10/1
Michael Van Gerwen, Michael Smith, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price ALL Most 180s 14/1
King of the Oche
Rob Cross and Michael Van Gerwen King of the Oche 16/1
Michael Smith and Michael Van Gerwen King of the Oche 20/1
Daryl Gurney and Michael Van Gerwen King of the Oche 20/1
Michael Van Gerwen to win 8-2 or 8-3 4/1
Rob Cross King of the Oche 5/1
Gurney/Wright and Suljovic/Smith both Draw 25/1