Darts Premier League preview – Cardiff

All eyes are on the Betway Premier League Play-Offs as the latest round of the Premier League comes to Wales.

Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena hosts the action on Thursday with league leader Michael van Gerwen bidding to bounce back against Dave Chisnall.

Thursday’s ninth league night in Cardiff marks the halfway stage of the league season, with the bottom two players – Jelle Klaasen and Kim Huybrechts – already eliminated.

The remaining eight players now set their sights on claiming a top four spot to qualify for the Play-Offs in London in May – with just six points separating the stars following eight matches.

Reigning Premier League champion Van Gerwen saw his unbeaten run ended by Raymond van Barneveld in Manchester last week, and he takes on Chisnall in Cardiff.

2014 champion Van Barneveld continues his top-four bid as he looks to claim a fourth straight victory when he plays James Wade.

Adrian Lewis is also looking to extend his three-game winning streak as he plays world number two Gary Anderson, with the Stoke ace’s run of form ending his fears of being drawn into an elimination battle.

Anderson and Lewis have clashed twice in World Championship finals as well as in the 2011 Premier League final, and the Scot is predicting another entertaining contest in Cardiff.

Phil Taylor joined Anderson and Lewis on nine points in the table when he defeated table-topper Peter Wright in Manchester, and he meets eliminated Dutch ace Klaasen in Wales.

Kim Huybrechts will miss the action on Thursday due to family reasons.

The Belgian was set to play his final game of the season before elimination against Peter Wright at the Motorpoint Arena, but he has has informed the PDC that he is unable to travel to the UK, in order to remain with his terminally ill mother in Belgium during her final hours.

As the withdrawal comes in Week Nine and with Huybrechts already eliminated from the event, under the tournament rules the game will not be rescheduled.

Peter Wright will now be awarded a 7-0 win, and will not compete in Cardiff.

Thursday’s action and odds:

1/5 Phil Taylor 7/1 Draw 9/1 Jelle Klaasen

8/11 Gary Anderson 7/2 Draw 3/1 Adrian Lewis

10/11 Raymond van Barneveld 7/2 Draw 9/4 James Wade

1/5 Michael van Gerwen 7/1 Draw 9/1 Dave Chisnall



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