Premier League Darts 2014: Belfast Date, Fixtures, Live Stream and Participants

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Michael Van Gerwen of Holland celebrates winning The Final against Phill Taylor of England during the McCoy's Premier League Darts Play-Offs at The O2 Arena on May 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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The 2014 Premier League Darts season picks up again on Thursday, with some of the biggest names in the business congregating at Belfast's Odyssey Arena, each with the same goal in sight.

Reigning champion Michael van Gerwen makes his way to Northern Ireland having won his first two clashes of this year's campaign, with Adrian Lewis pitched just above the Dutchman at the top of the standings.

And it's one of his victims, Phil "The Power" Taylor, who is yet to claim anything from his first fortnight of fixtures, suffering a traumatic 7-0 battering at the hands of "Mighty Mike" in Week 1.

Read on for all the essential information and fixture details heading into the latest installment of the Premier League season.

 

Date: Thursday, Feb. 20

Time: 7 p.m. local time (GMT)/2 p.m. ET

Viewing Info: Sky Sports 2 (UK)

Live Stream: SkyGo App (requires subscription)

2014 Premier League Week 3 Fixtures
Player 1vs.Player 2
Robert Thorntonvs.Gary Anderson
Peter Wrightvs.Phil Taylor
Dave Chisnallvs.Michael van Gerwen
Wes Newtonvs.Adrian Lewis
Raymond van Barneveldvs.Simon Whitlock
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Key Matchups

Dave Chisnall vs. Michael van Gerwen

In 13 meetings between the pair, Michael van Gerwen has managed to claim eight wins over Dave Chisnall, per Darts Database, and current form would suggest a ninth is looming for the Premier League title holder.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Michael Van Gerwen of Holland in action during his semi final match against James Wades of England during the McCoy's Premier League Darts Play-Offs at The O2 Arena on May 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/
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In front of a home crowd last weekend, van Gerwen managed to come out on top of the Dutch Darts Masters, building on wins already earned against Taylor and Robert Thornton in recent weeks.

PDC Darts World shows exactly how dominant the Dutchman was on his way to beating Mervyn King in the final of that competition:

Chisnall currently sits fourth in the table but has been slow to start in his last two Premier League outings. His 6-6 draw with Peter Wright in Bournemouth showed a lack of clinical finishing despite him boasting a superior three-dart average throughout.

 

Wes Newton vs. Adrian Lewis

With six places separating the pair, Adrian Lewis' fixture against Wes Newton may not be the highlight of Belfast's card, but the latter can still pose a challenge to the current leader's impressive record heading into the contest.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Adrian Lewis of England in action during his quarter final match against James Wade of England on day fourteen of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 29, 2013 in London, England.  (Phot
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And this was precisely the case in Sept. 2013, when the duo last met in the Championship of Darts, Newton bouncing back from four consecutive defeats against the Stoke-on-Trent man prior to that.

As things stand, Lewis has conceded just four legs in his two 2014 Premier League outings, and his Belfast opponent faces a massive task in moving up from seventh place.

 

Peter Wright vs. Phil Taylor

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Phil Taylor of England reacts as he walks off the stage after losing his second round match to Michael Smith of England during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Day Eight at Alexandra Palace on December 20, 2013
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Not for a long time have the lines between Taylor and Peter Wright been so closely drawn, but such is the scenario given the recent record of "The Power."

According to Darts Database, Wright has failed to beat Taylor in each of their nine encounters, but there's no better time for the Scot to subvert that tally.

Third in the table, Wright can have high hopes of ensuring Taylor's losing streak is extended to three matches in Belfast, although it's worth mentioning that the veteran's opening two games against van Gerwen and Lewis have been tough, to say the least.