|Player||Week 10 Winner||Outright winner|
|Michael van Gerwen||10/3||2/1|
Premier League Darts heads to Manchester for Night Ten of the competition on Thursday as the race for top four places continues.
Six different players have tasted success in the new ‘weekly knock-out’ format so far, with Michael van Gerwen becoming the first player to claim three titles when he triumphed in Leeds last week.
Five-time champion Van Gerwen now finds himself three points clear at the top of the table and will already feel he has one foot in June’s play-offs in Berlin.
The world number three, who boasts the highest tournament average (98.34) and the most 180s (51), looks to add to his points tally by overcoming reigning champion Jonny Clayton in the Quarter-Finals at the AO Arena.
Van Gerwen has won two of their three previous fixtures in this year’s Premier League to date, averaging above 102 on all three occasions.
Clayton represents the Dutchman’s closest challenger with 19 points, having claimed two weekly titles as well as the runner-up spot on opening night, plus a further three Semi-Finals.
Clayton has not lost a Quarter-Final match since Night Six and is one of only two ever-presents inside the top four since the opening night in Cardiff.
The opening match of the night sees world number one and two collide as Peter Wright takes on Gerwyn Price.
Wright’s last four Premier League outings have ended in Semi-Final defeats, but he remains handily poised in third spot with 18 points to his name.
Like Clayton, Wright has been in the top four since Night One and comes up against rival Price for the second time this season, having prevailed 6-2 in Exeter last month.
Both players have struggled with injury problems so far this season, but Price continues to play through the pain barrier with a fractured bone in his throwing hand.
Price, who is yet to make the Premier League play-offs, finds himself in sixth position, having failed to pick up any points for three consecutive weeks.
The three-time Grand Slam champion was beaten 6-5 by James Wade last time out despite averaging seven points higher than his opponent and will be determined to stop the rot in Manchester.
Two players vying to stake a claim for play-off contention go head-to-head as debutant Joe Cullen faces 2018 finalist Michael Smith.
Cullen, who picked up the Night Seven title in Rotterdam to ignite his season, currently occupies fifth spot, just one point behind Wade.
The Bradford ace, whose Oasis walk-on means he is guaranteed a spine-tingling reception in Manchester this week, will be keen to improve on his 87 average last time out in a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Clayton.
Smith, meanwhile, is aiming to end a run of three consecutive Quarter-Final defeats which have left him just one point off the foot of the table.
Runner-up on Nights Five and Six, the two-time world finalist leads the way in terms of the overall tournament checkout percentage (43.5%) and has lost with a ton-plus average on three occasions this season.
Elsewhere, former Premier League champions collide as James Wade takes on the returning Gary Anderson.
The decorated duo boast 23 Premier League appearances between them but have had contrasting fortunes in this year’s competition so far.
Anderson claimed the Night Six title in Nottingham but has slipped to Quarter-Final defeats in six of his eight outings and missed out on the trip to Leeds last week after contracting Covid-19.
That absence left the Scot rooted to the bottom of the table on seven points, and he can ill-afford to leave Manchester empty-handed if he is to continue his impressive play-off record.
Wade is one of only two players yet to pick up a £10,000 weekly title but has finished runner-up in successive weeks and has climbed into the top four for the first time since Night Three.
The Machine defeated Anderson 6-4 in Exeter and will look to continue his consistent form against an opponent who also missed the weekend’s ProTour events through illness.
Night Ten of Premier League Darts gets under way from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 11 legs.
Premier League Darts 2022 Night Ten Schedule of Play
Thursday April 14
7.15pm Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price
7.45pm Gary Anderson v James Wade
8.15pm Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
8.45pm Joe Cullen v Michael Smith
9.15pm Wright/Price v Anderson/Wade
9.45pm Van Gerwen/Clayton v Cullen/Smith