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Premier League Darts 2022 Night 14 | Sheffield Preview and Order of Play

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 12 May 2022
Van Gerwen and Wright face off (Photo by Steve Paston/PDC)

Premier League Darts heads to Sheffield on Thursday for Night 14 of the competition as the league phase enters the final straight.

With just three nights of action remaining before the Semi-Final line-up is finalised, there remains a five-point gap between fourth and those below.

Although not mathematically, the top three appear to already have one foot in Finals Night in Berlin, while those beneath them look to bolster their hopes by claiming the £10,000 weekly title at the Utilita Arena.

With James Wade missing the trip to Sheffield as he continues his recovery from illness, the night features only three Quarter-Final ties.

Joe Cullen, who starts the night in fifth spot, subsequently receives a bye to the Semi-Finals, strengthening his quest to gatecrash the play-off places.

Masters champion Cullen had suffered three consecutive Quarter-Final exits but a second weekly title of the campaign could re-ignite his hopes of making finals night in his debut season.

Cullen now awaits the winner of the clash between world number two Gerwyn Price and two-time Premier League champion Gary Anderson.

Both players are facing a ‘must win’ scenario in terms of their play-off prospects, with Price seven points adrift of fourth spot, while Anderson remains rooted to the foot of the table and 11 points outside the top four.

Price, whose finest hour in this year’s Premier League came on Night Three in Belfast when he landed two nine-darters en route to the title, has suffered five Quarter-Final exits in his last seven outings.

Price, who has not registered a ton-plus average since Night Six, won his only previous meeting with Anderson in this year’s competition 6-3 in Liverpool on Night Two.

Anderson ended a run of five consecutive Quarter-Final defeats by thrashing Peter Wright 6-2 on home soil in Glasgow last week, only to lose out to eventual winner Jonny Clayton in the semis.

In the bottom section of the draw bracket, two multiple World Champions collide in a repeat of the 2017 Premier League final as Peter Wright takes on Michael van Gerwen.

With 28 points, Van Gerwen is all but assured of a play-off spot for the ninth time in ten Premier League appearances, but will be determined to close the gap on Clayton at the top of the table.

Van Gerwen has three weekly titles to his name as well as a further three runner-up spots and notably whitewashed Wright 6-0 in the final of Week Four in Exeter.

Winner of back-to-back European Tour events, MVG looks to transfer that clinical form into his latest show-down with ‘Snakebite’ – who has struggled for consistency in recent times.

The world number one has not picked up a ranking title since being crowned World Champion again in January and his only Premier League triumph this season came on the opening night in Cardiff.

Wright is holding on to fourth spot but could face a nervy final run-in over the coming weeks if he fails to pick up points in South Yorkshire.

The fourth Quarter-Final sees reigning champion and league leader Clayton take on ProTour man of the moment – Michael Smith.

Clayton has dominated proceedings in recent weeks, winning two of the last three available titles to take his tally to four and has not suffered a Quarter-Final defeat in his last seven outings.

The Ferret is now six points clear at the top of the table and odds-on to win the league phase as he bids to become only the third player to successfully retain the Premier League crown.

Smith remains the only player of the eight yet to win a weekly title, but current form suggests this may represent Bully Boy’s best chance of joining the party.

The world number four secured back-to-back Players Championship titles on Tuesday and Wednesday, landing a nine-darter along the way as well as numerous ton-plus averages.

He starts the evening eight points adrift of the top four and with a mountain to climb, but will be full of confidence as he looks to pick up from where he left off in Wigan 24 hours ago.

Night 14 of Premier League Darts gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.

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Premier League Darts 2022 Night 14 Schedule of Play

Thursday May 12

Quarter-Finals
Joe Cullen w/o James Wade (Wade withdraws)
7.15pm Gary Anderson v Gerwyn Price
7.45pm Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
8.15pm Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton

Semi-Finals
8.45pm Joe Cullen v Anderson/Price
9.15pm Van Gerwen/Wright v Smith/Clayton

10pm Final

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