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)
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.
|Match 1||Gary Anderson vs. Peter Wright|
|Match 2||Michael van Gerwen vs. Simon Whitlock|
|Match 3||Adrian Lewis vs. Raymond van Barneveld|
|Match 4||Wes Newton vs. Dave Chisnall|
|Match 5||Phil Taylor vs. Robert Thornton|
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.
Who will join Simon Whitlock in the final relegation spot?
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:
|Michael van Gerwen||8||6||1||1||+20||13|
|Raymond van Barneveld||8||4||3||1||+8||10|
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
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.
Interesting night of Premier League #darts Van Gerwen/Wright rivalry going up a notch. Bring on Judgement Night in Cardiff. All to play for!— Stuart Pyke (@stuartpykesport) March 27, 2014
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.