Premier League Darts 2014: Preview and Predictions

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Premier League Darts 2014: Preview and Predictions
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This week darts fans across the world will no doubt be getting excited about the upcoming 16-week darting circus that is the Premier League Darts.

Featuring 10 of the best players in the world we will be treated to week after week of top-quality short format darts—starting on February 6 in Liverpool and culminating with the semi-finals and final at the O2 in London on May 22.

Now in its 10th year, the Premier League will bring us 15 weeks of league matches before the top four in the table meet for the play-offs.

For the second year running, there will be 10 competitors with the threat of "relegation" after nine weeks after everyone has played each other once. The bottom two in the table will then be eliminated from the competition with the remaining eight playing each other again to conclude the outcome of the final table.

League matches will be best of 12 legs, with the winner picking up two points or one point each for a draw. The semi-finals are then best of 15 before the final is best of 19.

2013 saw Michael van Gerwen win the competition at the first time of asking in a thrilling final against six-time Premier League champion Phil Taylor.

Last year’s relegated duo, Gary Anderson and Wes Newton, return in 2014 as wild-card choices and will hope to finish further up the table this time round.

So here is a preview of the people involved in the competition with a few predictions of how I think the tournament will go.

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