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Premier League Darts 2014: Manchester Fixtures, Standings and Live Stream Info

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13:  Phil Taylor of England throws during his first round match against Rob Szabo of New Zealand during the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship on Day One at Alexandra Palace on December 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

With just three weeks and four dates left in the 2014 Premier League Darts regular season, the sport's most prominent figures enter the most intense phases of their campaign.

Heading into Thursday's Manchester meeting, Michael van Gerwen remains perched atop the standings, hoping to defend a priority placement as we move toward the playoffs.

Read on for a breakdown of all the vital viewing information for this week's clashes, as well as a look at some of the key fixtures on the schedule.

2014 Premier League Darts Standings
PositionNamePlayedWinsDrawsLossesLeg Diff.Points
1Michael van Gerwen12822+2218
2Raymond van Barneveld12651+1817
3Peter Wright12534+913
4Phil Taylor11614+513
5Gary Anderson11605+312
6Dave Chisnall11344-210
7Adrian Lewis12345-810
8Robert Thornton11146-126
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Date: Thursday, April 24

Time: 7 p.m. BST/2 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports 1

Live Stream: Sky Go app (subscription required)

2014 Premier League Darts: Manchester Fixtures
Player 1VS.Player 2
Robert Thorntonvs.Peter Wright
Gary Andersonvs.Phil Taylor
Raymond van Barneveldvs.Adrian Lewis
Michael van Gerwenvs.Dave Chisnall
Gary Andersonvs.Robert Thornton
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Key Matchups

Gary Anderson vs. Phil Taylor

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 29:  (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been desaturated) Phil Taylor poses for a portrait ahead of the Sydney Darts Masters at Luna Park on August 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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Now sitting fourth in the standings, it feels as though Phil Taylor had us all duped at the start of the 2014 season simply in order to spice things up a bit.

Having lost four of his first five fixtures, the Stoke-on-Trent native has gone unbeaten in his last six, the most recent of which was a win over Van Gerwen last week. PDC Darts World shows just how decisive that victory was:

Now, Taylor takes on Gary Anderson in a battle of fourth versus fifth, respectively, the Scot just one point below Taylor and looking to gain an edge in the race to a playoff spot.

With just a point separating the pair, this fixture will have a massive bearing on which of these two players, if either, makes it into the post-season action.

 

Raymond van Barneveld vs. Adrian Lewis

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Lewis of England reacts during his semi final match against Michael van Gerwen of The Netherlands on day fifteen of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2013 in London, Englan
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Adrian Lewis's plummet through the Premier League standings of late has made for difficult viewing at times, with two of his three most recent losses coming in a nightmarish Aberdeen outing last week.

After Anderson got the better of "Jackpot," PDC Darts World show that Van Gerwen recovered from his defeat against Taylor to bounce back in style:

However, a sad night was made even worse thanks to some of those in attendance, as Lewis stated through his official Twitter account:

Second-placed Van Barneveld won't make for much easier company, and Lewis risks seeing his playoff hopes come to an end should he suffer a fourth defeat in a row.

 

Michael van Gerwen vs. Dave Chisnall

Having been somewhat fortunate to avoid elimination on Judgement Night several weeks ago, Dave Chisnall is now just three points away from the top four of the Premier League, but he comes under heavy fire from Van Gerwen on Thursday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30: Michael van Gerwen of The Netherlands celebrates winning the fourth set during his semi final match against Adrian Lewis on day fifteen of the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 30, 2013 i
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The Dutchman has still lost just two matches all season, one of which came to Taylor in Aberdeen, but that defeat will have undoubtedly helped in perking up the sleeping giant if nought else.

Now, Chisnall faces a "Mighty Mike" all too aware that the slightest slip-up could mean him falling from the top of the table, which isn't the mood in which one should be looking to take on the reigning champion.

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