Premier League Darts 2014: Cardiff Date, Fixtures, Standings, Live Stream Info

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Simon Whitlock of Australia in action during his semi final match against Peter Wright of Scotland on day fifteen of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest nights in the Premier League Darts calendar takes place in Cardiff on Thursday evening, as two of the players are eliminated from the tournament.

With Australian Simon Whitlock's relegation already confirmed last time out in Dublin, it is now between Wes Newton, Dave Chisnall and Robert Thornton to see who will fill the last of the two spots for the drop.

While six-time winner Phil Taylor was a surprising candidate for relegation for a while, it is now certain that one of the three locked on six points will join Whitlock in not competing past Week 9. 


Date: Thursday, April 3

Time: 7 p.m. GMT

TV Info/Live Stream: Sky Sports 1 HD, Sky Go (U.K. only)


Sensational Scheduling

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 World Darts Championship on Day Eight at Alexandra Palace on December 20, 2013
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The playing order for Thursday's action has been revised to ensure maximum drama in the Welsh capital on Judgement Night and all but guarantees a terrific spectacle.

Premier League Darts Fixtures - Thursday April 3
Match 1Gary Anderson vs. Peter Wright
Match 2Michael van Gerwen vs. Simon Whitlock
Match 3Adrian Lewis vs. Raymond van Barneveld
Match 4Wes Newton vs. Dave Chisnall
Match 5Phil Taylor vs. Robert Thornton
Sky Sports

Newton and Chisnall take on each other in the penultimate clash of the night, with the winner certain of survival, and Thornton then closes the evening against Taylor.

While Taylor struggled early on in the tournament, Thornton's is the trickiest task as The Power has found some form and played out a 6-6 thriller with Raymond van Barneveld last week.

And Newton and Chisnall may do well to tie this week, as it would mean a Taylor victory would leave them both safe and relegate Thornton.

However, with all three of the relegation contenders lying on six points and the Scot with the best leg difference of minus-1,  if he too then drew against Taylor, Newton would go.

The potential outcomes are numerous and complicated. Here's a look at the current standing to clear things up slightly:

Premier League Darts Standings: After Week Eight
Michael van Gerwen8611+2013
Peter Wright8431+1511
Raymond van Barneveld8431+810
Adrian Lewis8332+19
Gary Anderson8404-18
Phil Taylor8314-47
Robert Thornton8143-16
Dave Chisnall8143-56
Wes Newton8224-136
Simon Whitlock8125-204
Sky Sports

The two final clashes of the evening will decide the final eight and see one of three join The Wizard in the wilderness of relegation.


Look to the Top

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Peter Wright of Scotland congratulates Michael van Gerwen of The Netherlands during the final of the World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace on January 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Ge
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With all the excitement of the relegation clashes, it is easy to forget that there is a battle going on at the summit of the Premier League table.

Sitting atop the pile is Michael van Gerwen, who made a real statement in Dublin when he saw off the challenge of Peter Wright, winning 7-5 in a top-of-the-table clash.

The Dutchman will look to maintain his two-point lead at the top when he takes on the relegated Whitlock, who has been woeful so far in the competition. 

Third faces fourth at the Motorpoint Arena with Adrian Lewis taking on Van Barneveld, and the Englishman will hope to leapfrog his opponent with a win.

Gary Anderson will look to take some of the momentum from his 7-3 victory over Newton last week when he comes up against Wright. 


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