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Premier League Darts Finals 2022 | Preview and Order of Play – Final four do battle in Berlin

Jamie Shaw in Premier League Darts 13 Jun 2022
The 2022 Premier League culminates in Berlin (Photo credit: Jörg Carstensen/dpa/Alamy Live News)

The 2022 Premier League Darts campaign draws to a close on Monday as the final four battle it out for the title in Berlin.

Sixteen nights of intense competition comes down to a straight knockout as the top four in the league table compete for the £275,000 top prize at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Three of the remaining quartet have already lifted the sport’s most prestigious invitational trophy, while the other is vying to do so at the first time of asking.

The opening Semi-Final sees first and fourth in the final league table go head-to-head as defending champion Jonny Clayton faces debutant Joe Cullen.

Clayton is bidding to become only the third player in Premier League history to successfully retain the title, having claimed glory in his debut appearance last year.

The Welsh star narrowly secured fourth spot on that occasion, but has taken the league phase by storm in his second season, winning four nights in the new ‘knock-out’ format and finishing runner-up on a further four occasions.

Clayton finished nine points clear of the chasing pack and now aims to go back-to-back for what would be a sixth televised title in total.

He faces his close friend Cullen for the seventh time in this year’s competition, with ‘The Ferret’ having prevailed four times and the pair having won one weekly final apiece.

Cullen is looking to emulate Clayton’s achievement by claiming the title on debut, with his Masters triumph in January effectively clinching his place in the event just as the Welshman had done 12 months earlier.

However, unlike Clayton, Cullen had to wait until the 16th and final night of the league phase to rubber-stamp his play-off spot, defeating Peter Wright in their all-important shoot-out in Newcastle.

Cullen picked up weekly titles in Rotterdam and London and is now gearing up for the most important night of his career to date.

The second Semi-Final sees Premier League stalwarts Michael van Gerwen and James Wade collide once again in a quest to add to their title tallies.

Van Gerwen is out to equal Phil Taylor’s record of six Premier League titles by claiming glory for the first time since 2019, having shown glimpses of his formidable top form during the league phase.

The world number three racked up three weekly titles and has also added three European Tour titles and two Players Championships during the first half of the year.

He secured a comfortable second place finish to reach the play-offs for the ninth time in ten Premier League appearances, but has failed to make the final in his last two attempts.

Van Gerwen was thrashed 10-4 by Wade with an average of just 90 in the weekend’s Nordic Masters – the most recent of their nine meetings in all competitions so far this season.

Of those meetings, five have come in this event, with MVG registering three wins, including the Night Nine final in Leeds.

Wade, meanwhile, finds himself in the play-offs for the seventh time since his debut in 2008, having gone on to win the title the following year.

The decorated left-hander finished third in the league table despite missing a night through illness, amassing two weekly titles plus a further trio of final appearances.

The 39-year-old, who boasts the highest checkout rate (43.5%) of this year’s field, is out to become only the fourth multiple Premier League champion and land what would be an eleventh televised title in total.

The Premier League Darts Finals get under way from 8pm BST, with Semi-Finals to be contested over the best of 19 legs and the final best of 21 legs.

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Premier League Darts Finals Schedule of Play

Monday June 13

Semi-Finals
8.15pm Jonny Clayton v Joe Cullen
9.15pm Michael van Gerwen v James Wade

10.30pm Final

Premier League Darts Finals Odds with William Hill

Michael van Gerwen
Jonny Clayton
James Wade
Joe Cullen

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