Premier League darts: Night eight schedule and preview with MVG and Price on a roll

The Premier League heads to Birmingham for night eight with just two players yet to secure a weekly win bonus.

Joe Cullen finally got his name in the winner's circle last week with a fine victory over flying Dutchman Michael van Gerwen in the Rotterdam final. 

The home crowd in the Netherlands were left disappointed as their home hero failed to make it three wins in a row, but MVG still looks like a man bang in form.

Cullen starts his bid for back-to-back wins against Gerwyn Price, another man in good form despite his recent hand injury.

Van Gerwen faces James Wade, who is one of just two men yet to win a weekly edition of the Premier League this season.

Michael Smith is also yet to taste victory as he starts week eight against Jonny Clayton, while Gary Anderson, who was at the centre of that row with Cullen last week, faces Peter Wright.

Night eight order of play

Michael van Gerwen 19:10 James Wade

Joe Cullen 19:40 Gerwyn Price

Peter Wright 20:10 Gary Anderson

Jonny Clayton 20:40 Michael Smith

Semi-finals will start at around 21:10 GMT, while the final is expected to take place at 22:15 GMT.

Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade

James Wade celebrates after winning a set against Stephen Bunting during day twelve of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London.

Wade hasn't won a game the last three Premier League nights and finds himself bottom of the table having won just four matches in seven weeks, and now he faces a red-hot Dutchman in Van Gerwen.

Mighty Mike has vowed to get back to world number one after his recent resurgent form saw him win a Players Championship event at the weekend and two of the last three Premier League nights.

Van Gerwen is up to third in the world, with Wade just below him in fifth but the Englishman has a horrible record against his opponent - losing 10 of their last 11 matches.

Joe Cullen vs Gerwyn Price

Gerwyn Price celebrates against Kim Huybrechts during day ten of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Monday December 27, 2021.

Price had to pull out of their previous Premier League meeting with a hand injury, but he's not suffered too much from it going by his victory in Saturday's Players Championship event.

Cullen clashed with Anderson last week and in Price he'll face another feisty competitor, but the Rock Star has a league night win under his belt now and is in fourth in the table, a point above Price.

Although the Welshman is now closing the gap on the world number one spot, Cullen has actually had the better of recent encounters by winning six of the last eight games against The Iceman.

Peter Wright vs Gary Anderson

Gary Anderson in action at the Players Championship, 19 March 2022

It was an angry Anderson last week against Cullen, and Wright can be a big wind-up merchant, but these two are Scotland team-mates and it should be a calmer affair on the oche in Birmingham.

Neither of them played at the weekend so should be fresh and both will hope for better form as Anderson has now lost three matches in a row with Wright winning just two of seven.

It's 2-1 to Snakebite Wright in Premier League meetings this season and they've both won four each of their last eight head-to-heads, so this one is a close call.

Jonny Clayton vs Michael Smith

Michael Smith reacts against William O'Connor during day ten of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Monday December 27, 2021.

Smith is still searching for a first Premier League weekly win this season but still has two players below him in the table and eight points to his name.

Defending champion Clayton made the week one final then won week two, but has struggled since when winning just two more matches.

The Welshman is still third in the table thanks to that flying start but he'll soon start to tumble down the standings if his form doesn't pick up, but he's lost three of the last four to Smith - including that epic battle at the World Championship.

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