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Live Darts on Thursday: Premier League Darts 2017 Glasgow preview and order of play

Anderson applauds the fans (credit:PDC)

Scottish stars Gary Anderson and Peter Wright are poised for a roof-raising reception when the Premier League heads to Glasgow on Thursday night.

After securing his first televised title at the UK Open on Sunday, Wright returns to the cut and thrust of the Premier League for a show-down with James Wade at The Hydro.



Wright enjoyed the most memorable moment of his career as he defeated Gerwyn Price 11-6 in the final in Minehead to join an illustrious list of major winners and now aims to continue the form which led him to glory.

Victory for Livingston-born 'Snakebite' could see him go top of the pile after six weeks of competition, having lost just once so far this season.

Wade's 7-5 defeat to Dave Chisnall in Exeter last week was his first of the competition, and 'The Machine' will be out to silence the partisan Scottish crowd and dampen Wright's parade.

Chisnall has the unenviable task of taking on two-time Premier League champion Anderson in the final match of the evening as he looks to build on his back-to-back wins in Exeter last time out.

Chisnall was called into action twice in the absence of Michael van Gerwen and took full advantage by picking up maximum points to move clear of the drop zone.

Anderson starts the night outside of the top four, having won just one of his five fixtures so far, but multiple World Champion will be out to handle the added weight of expectation on home soil and use the crowd support to his advantage.

Defending champion Van Gerwen makes his return to action for the first time in a fortnight after sitting out last week's trip visit to Exeter and the UK Open at the weekend due to a back injury.

The world number one takes on struggling Kim Huybrechts - who will be out to seize on any possible sign of weakness from the Dutchman in his bid to move out of the bottom two.

Huybrechts is the only player yet to register a win this season and could be left with a mountain to climb should he fail to take anything from this clash against an opponent with a tournament average of 105.

Phil Taylor leads the way by virtue of legs difference after five weeks of competition, and 'The Power' bids to maintain his unbeaten start by avoiding defeat to his sparring partner Adrian Lewis.

The six-time Premier League champion has drawn his last two games and comes up against a resurgent Lewis who was thrashed 7-2 by Wright despite a 109 average last week.

Taylor opted out of competing in the UK Open, while 'Jackpot' suffered a shock defeat at the hands of amateur qualifier Paul Hogan, but the world number four will feel his game is in better shape heading in to the clash.

A tasty all-Dutch affair sees world number eight Raymond van Barneveld take on world number nine Jelle Klaasen, with both aiming to pull away from the danger zone.

Van Barneveld was out of sorts in a 7-2 rout by Chisnall last Thursday but bounced back with a run to the Quarter-Finals of the UK Open - where he went down to eventual winner Wright in a classic contest.

Barney is just one point ahead of Klaasen - who finds himself bottom of the table on legs difference despite giving a good account of himself so far in his first Premier League campaign since 2009.

Klaasen lost his opening three games before picking up three points from a possible four in his next two and will be quietly confident of denting his compatriot's fragile confidence in this one.

The action gets underway from 7pm GMT, 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 match schedule

Night Six - Thursday March 9

7.15pm Adrian Lewis v Phil Taylor
8.00pm James Wade v Peter Wright
8.45pm Kim Huybrechts v Michael van Gerwen
9.30pm Jelle Klaasen v Raymond van Barneveld
10.15pm Dave Chisnall v Gary Anderson


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