Premier League Darts is never the kind of competition to take a straight line in reaching its final destination, and just three weeks into the 2014 season, fans have already witnessed plenty of shocks, thrills and spills.
Glasgow plays host to Round 4 of the season on Thursday. Defending champion Michael van Gerwen is currently at the head of the queue, while veteran Phil Taylor is yet to claim a point from his three matches.
In Scotland, the drama is bound to continue in similar fashion, and you can be sure not to miss a second of it with all the essential information listed below.
|Player 1||vs.||Player 2|
|Peter Wright||vs.||Adrian Lewis|
|Robert Thornton||vs.||Wes Newton|
|Simon Whitlock||vs.||Phil Taylor|
|Michael van Gerwen||vs.||Raymond van Barneveld|
|Dave Chisnall||vs.||Gary Anderson|
Date: Feb. 27
Time: 7 p.m. local time (GMT)/2 p.m. ET
Where: SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Viewing Info: Sky Sports 2 (UK)
Stream: Sky Go app (Subscription required)
Michael van Gerwen vs. Raymond van Barneveld
An all-Dutch encounter with different circumstances than when these compatriots clashed last season, Michael van Gerwen heads to Glasgow in the Premier League driving seat this time around.
During the 2013 season, Raymond van Barneveld sat above his countryman prior to their February clash, but it was van Gerwen who would go on to dominate the tie, beating his fellow Holland native on two separate occasions.
As Live Darts shows, "Mighty Mike" also spent part of the past week qualifying for this year's UK Open:
First and third in the 2014 standings, respectively, van Gerwen and van Barneveld sit just two points apart and have a lot riding on this meeting, but reigning champion van Gerwen will be confident of claiming a sixth win in his last seven encounters against "Barney."
Peter Wright vs. Adrian Lewis
Week 3 of the 2014 Premier League Darts term brought about surprises in the fixtures featuring both Peter Wright and Adrian Lewis.
"Snakebite" managed to heap further woe upon Phil Taylor's campaign, maintaining his own unbeaten start to the season, while Lewis dropped off the table's summit thanks to a 7-2 loss at the hands of Wes Newton.
Lewis was all praise for his competitor in the aftermath of that result, however:
I've played some bad games but not as bad as that, but well done Wes he took full advantage— Adrian Lewis (@jackpot180) February 20, 2014
It was the first time since April 2013 that "Jackpot" managed to win just two legs in a Premier League fixture, also losing 7-2 on that occasion, this time to Taylor.
As a result, Lewis now sits fourth in the standings, one point behind second-placed Wright, but he has an ideal opportunity to get his campaign back on track.
Simon Whitlock vs. Phil Taylor
At the end of Thursday's action, either Simon Whitlock or Taylor will find himself at the bottom of the Premier League table, as they are the last remaining contenders yet to claim a point from their 2014 campaign thus far.
Prior to the season's beginning, it would have been absurd to think "The Power" would be empty-handed after three outings, but last week's 7-4 loss to Peter Wright ensured that the misery was extended, while Whitlock's unsuccessful attempts have been slightly less shocking.
Both basement bastions have conceded 21 legs this term, winning seven apiece, and so the lines couldn't be drawn any tighter as the pair meet. Defeat for Taylor, after all his success, is unthinkable.