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Premier League Darts Play-Offs 2021: How the final four compare

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 28 May 2021
A sell-out crowd awaits (Photo by Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The 2021 Premier League Darts campaign draws to a close in Milton Keynes on Friday and we take a look at how the final four compare.

Sixteen nights of fierce competition culminate in a straight knock-out as the remaining quartet vie to claim the sport’s most prestigious invitational title and £250,000 in prize money.

Ten players started out at the Marshall Arena last month, now a multiple champion, a former finalist and two debutants remain in the running for glory.

Only six different players have managed to get their hands on this trophy since the Premier League was launched back in 2005 and history beckons for this year’s final four.

Michael van Gerwen is bidding to equal Phil Taylor’s record of six Premier League titles by reclaiming the crown he surrendered last year.

Van Gerwen secured top spot in the league table for the eighth time in nine seasons and is out to maintain his emphatic unbeaten record in Premier League Semi-Finals.

Jonny Clayton has enjoyed a dream Premier League debut, hitting a nine-darter and going on to secure fourth spot on Night 16 courtesy of an 8-6 win over Dimitri van den Bergh in their decisive shoot-out.

Clayton is guaranteed a minimum of £80,000 in prize money, the biggest paycheque of his career to date, and is out in search of a third televised title in the space of nine months.

The second Semi-Final sees last year’s runner-up Nathan Aspinall take on man of the moment Jose De Sousa for the second successive evening.

Thursday’s dress rehearsal saw De Sousa storm to an 8-3 victory with a 103.2 average to finish above Aspinall in the table, landing a spectacular 120 checkout with three double tops along the way.

The Portuguese ace is now closing in on a second major title in the space of six months as he aims to follow up last November’s Grand Slam triumph.

De Sousa has already enjoyed a record-breaking debut campaign, registering a staggering 81 maximums in 16 matches, and has lost just one of his last eight games.

Aspinall, meanwhile, is looking to atone for last year’s final heartbreak by going one better at the second time of asking.

Aspinall spent 15 of the 16 league nights inside the top four and was eight games unbeaten at one stage; he now finds himself in a sixth televised Semi-Final since 2019.


Premier League Darts 2021 Stats

Tournament Averages

Jose De Sousa 99.78
Jonny Clayton 99.21
Michael van Gerwen 98.50
Nathan Aspinall 97.30

Total 180s

Jose De Sousa 81
Nathan Aspinall 59
Jonny Clayton 50
Michael van Gerwen 39

Finishing Percentages

Nathan Aspinall 43.10%
Jose De Sousa 42.80%
Michael van Gerwen 41.53%
Jonny Clayton 38.46%

Highest Checkout

Nathan Aspinall 161
Jonny Clayton 150
Michael van Gerwen 148
Jose De Sousa 141

Darts Thrown

Nathan Aspinall 2727
Jose De Sousa 2639
Jonny Clayton 2599
Michael van Gerwen 2569

Total Match Time

Jose De Sousa: 7:00:10
Nathan Aspinall: 6:26:40
Jonny Clayton: 6:08:47
Michael van Gerwen: 5:41:57