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Premier League Darts 2017 Week 15 live streaming and order of play: MVG and Wright tussle for the top

Brendan O'Neill 11 May 2017
  • MVG & Snakebite in tussle for top spot as round robin phase comes to a close
  • Van Gerwen still reeling from whitewash defeat on European Tour last weekend
  • Phil Taylor needs a point to book his ticket to London's O2 Arena
Wright celebrates in Sheffield (credit:Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

The round-robin phase of the 2017 Premier League season draws to a close in Aberdeen on Thursday, with Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright vying to finish top of the table.

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The sport's most prestigious invitational has failed to disappoint over the past four months, delivering a nine-darter and countless high quality matches in sold-out arenas across the UK, Ireland and Netherlands.

With three of the four Play-Off places already confirmed and the fourth all but sealed, the key area of interest is at the top of the standings - where an additional £25,000 is up for grabs.

Defending champion Van Gerwen enters the evening in the box seat with a one point cushion over 'Snakebite' as his bids to finish top of the pile for the fifth consecutive season.

Still smarting from his whitewash defeat at the hands of Wright in last Sunday's European Grand Prix final, MVG aims to get one over on his Scottish rival by picking up maximum points against Gary Anderson to clinch top spot.

The box office pair played out a 6-6 draw in the reverse fixture back in Week One, each averaging in excess of 103, and a similarly close-run encounter looks to be on the cards in front of a partisan Scottish crowd.

Anderson's win over James Wade last week saw him book a trip to The O2 for the fourth season running as he looks to challenge for a third Premier League title since 2011.

The world number two has failed to defeat his Dutch nemesis in their last five televised meetings and could potentially face off with him once again in next week's Semi-Finals.

Fresh from his sensational triumph at the European Grand Prix in Sindelfingen, Wright looks to continue his blistering run of form when he meets crowd favourite Raymond van Barneveld.

Wright claimed his third European Tour title of the season in stunning fashion and now has his sights set on snatching top spot from under the nose of 'Mighty Mike' as he prepares to head to The O2 for the first time.

The world number three is one point and five legs adrift of MVG, meaning he must either win and hope the Dutchman drops points or draw and hope MVG loses 7-2 or greater.

Sixth-placed Van Barneveld is playing for both pride and prize money, with a £10,000 leap in earnings on the line if he can secure a fifth place finish.

The 2014 champion has fond memories of this venue, having famously hit a nine-darter in Aberdeen seven years ago and is likely to receive strong support despite the fact he faces a Scottish opponent on home soil. 

Phil Taylor requires just one point to clinch a return to London's O2 Arena for Finals Night as he takes on his former protege Adrian Lewis.

The six-time Premier League champion is two points clear of Dave Chisnall and crucially boasts a legs difference of plus five in comparison to Chizzy's minus five, meaning a defeat may also be enough to see 'The Power' through.

Taylor will be high on confidence following last week's emphatic victory over Van Gerwen, while Lewis is looking to end an indifferent campaign on a high note after missing out on a top four spot.

Lewis has lost his last four matches since hitting a nine-darter against Van Barneveld in Liverpool but did manage to record a 7-4 win over Taylor in Glasgow back in March.

Chisnall faces mission impossible north of the border but will be out to put the pressure on Taylor by recording a thumping win over a struggling Wade in the opening match of the night.

Chisnall, semi-finalist in 2015, needs a mathematical miracle if he is to gatecrash the Play-Offs after being cut adrift earlier in the season, but has both the form and belief capable of pulling off the task.

Incredibly, 'Chizzy' has embarked on a six-game unbeaten run and also climbed up to fifth in the PDC Order of Merit courtesy of his run to the Semi-Finals of last weekend's European Tour event.

Wade, meanwhile, must better Lewis' result if he is to avoid finishing bottom of the table in the second phase of the tournament, having recorded the lowest tournament average and fewest 180s of the remaining eight players.

The action gets underway from 7pm BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of 12 legs, making a 6-6 draw a possibility. Two points are awarded for a win and one for a draw.

Betway Premier League 2017 Schedule

Night 15 - Thursday May 11

7.15pm Dave Chisnall v James Wade
8.00pm Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis
8.45pm Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
9.30pm Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson



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Premier League Darts 2017 Week 15 live streaming and order of play: MVG and Wright tussle for the top

The round-robin phase of the 2017 Premier League season draws to a close in Aberdeen on Thursday, with Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright vying to finish top of the table.

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