The match bares huge significance for both players (credit: Lawrence Lustig/ PDC)
Two former Premier League champions collide in Sheffield on Thursday evening as James Wade takes on an out of sorts Gary Anderson to open up the night's action.
Both will be looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats last week and would remain in genuine contention for a play-off spot with maximum points from this one.
Reigning champion Anderson goes into the night on the back of a miserable run of form, having lost his last four matches.
The Flying Scotsman has struggled mentally following the recent death of his Father but will be out to get his play-off campaign back on track with maximum points from his two matches in a make or break night in Sheffield.
His first opponent is former champion James Wade who will be looking to make up for his disappointing defeat last week which ended a recent fine series of displays.
The Machine lost 8-5 in a highly strung showdown with rival Adrian Lewis last week, but could re-enter the top four with a win as Lewis sits out the night.
They have met 19 times in previous major competition since Anderson's switch to the PDC in 2009 and The Scot has surprisingly dominated proceedings with 14 wins to Wade's five.
Anderson won their last meeting 8-5 earlier in the season but since then the form tables appear to have turned.
The bookmakers cannot seperate the pair with both on offer at 6/5, current form however would suggest value lies in Wade. The draw is a 9/2 chance with Bet365
The match gets underway at 7.00pm and will be streamed live over the best of 14 legs from the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield.
Anderson will fulfill his game in hand as he returns to the stage for the final game of the night against Andy Hamilton.