Week 11 of Premier League Darts takes us to Aberdeen, where eight of the world’s best players will take to the oche for some thrilling tungsten action at the GE Oil & Gas Arena.
With just five weeks to go until the league’s top four face off in London to determine who takes the 2014 Premier League crown, it’s still all to play for at the top of the table.
Week 10 saw the eight-man format for the first time following Wes Newton and Simon Whitlock’s respective eliminations; and while the league may have been two men lighter in Sheffield, the usual fireworks ensued.
Thursday’s action promises to be similarly exciting, with some of the game’s heavyweights going head-to-head in the Granite City.
Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 7 p.m. BST
TV Info/Live Stream: Sky Sports 2 HD, Sky Go (U.K. only)
Blockbuster night of darts ahead
Two-time world champion Adrian "Jackpot" Lewis and current king of darts Michael van Gerwen will both be in action twice in Week 11, with a whole host of other mouthwatering ties to come, as we see below:
|Match 1||Gary Anderson vs. Adrian Lewis|
|Match 2||Michael van Gerwen vs. Phil Taylor|
|Match 3||Peter Wright vs. Dave Chisnall|
|Match 4||Robert Thornton vs. Raymond van Barneveld|
|Match 5||Michael van Gerwen vs. Adrian Lewis|
Jackpot will take on home favourite Gary Anderson in the evening’s curtain-raiser before closing proceedings by clashing with runaway league leader Van Gerwen, who takes on Phil Taylor before meeting the man from Stoke.
Anderson and Lewis have very similar, fast-paced playing styles and have met in some of the most remarkable matches the sport has seen over the years—including the 2011 World Championship final, where Lewis hit a nine-darter in the third leg of the match.
Anderson, nicknamed "The Flying Scotsman," lost that epic battle with Lewis but is relishing the prospect of taking him on once again in front of an electric crowd in Scotland, as the PDC’s official website reported:
Adrian's a good lad and we get on great, and if we can both play well it will be a cracking game. When we're on-song it's a special game, and we go back a few years too. In the World Championship I was in top form for most of the tournament and I slacked off in the final and he won it! Then I went on and won the Premier League final against him, which was sweet and it's a great honour to be on my CV.
My game still isn't close to where I was then. It's going alright but I'm still not 100 per cent happy with my game up on stage. The 180s had disappeared but they're creeping back slowly and my finishing's going alright. Aberdeen's brilliant and the fans up there really can sing. They're probably the loudest fans we see in the Premier League and it will be a great night.
Tickets for Week 11 have been selling thick and fast ever since the schedule was announced, and Premier League Darts presenter Dave Clark revealed it’ll be a sell-out crowd in the GE Oil & Gas Arena on Thursday:
#darts Thurs, Aberdeen Anderson v Lewis MVG v Taylor Wright v Chisnall Thornton v Barney MVG v Lewis Tickets: SOLD OUT Sky Sports 2 at 7-00— Dave Clark (@DaveClarkTV) April 16, 2014
Lewis and Anderson are both currently sat on 10 points in the Premier League standings, just one point adrift of Taylor, who occupies the final, all-important play-off spot.
|Michael van Gerwen||10||7||2||1||16|
|Raymond van Barneveld||11||5||5||1||15|
"The Power" will take on the man that stole his world championship crown back in January in Van Gerwen, who has looked in imperious form since Week 1.
The Dutchman has won seven and lost just one of his 10 Premier League games so far, but had to scrap to get over the line against Robert Thornton last week.
Thanx for lovely support in Sheffield. @TheThorn180 made me work hard to win but I did and that's the most important. Pleased with my game.— Michael Van Gerwen (@MvG180) April 11, 2014
However, he remains top of the league standings and looks a dead cert to make the play-offs at London’s O2 Arena on May 22.
Elsewhere, the out-of-sorts Peter Wright takes on Dave Chisnall before second-placed Raymond van Barneveld meets Thornton in the third and fourth games of the night.
Wright has won just one of his last five Premier League matches—per Sky Sports—despite going unbeaten in the first seven weeks of the campaign; and he’ll need to get back to his best to find a way past Chisnall, who ran Barney close last week in Sheffield.
While you can never quite anticipate what’s going to happen on a night of Premier League Darts, you can guarantee that there’ll be drama of the highest order throughout.
With the world’s top three in Van Gerwen, Taylor and Lewis all in action with old scores to settle, it could get mean in Aberdeen.