Premier League Darts: Night 15 schedule and preview as trio tussle for play-off spot

Peter Wright is trying to hold off Gerwyn Price and Joe Cullen for the final play-off spot as the Premier League hits London.

It's Week 15 of the Premier League darts which means the rankings will be sorted at The O2 in London for next week's final clash before the play-offs.

Thursday is the last of the regular-season fixtures, as next week will see a seeded draw with top versus bottom and so on, to determine the final top four.

While third-placed James Wade's participation is still in doubt, behind him they're lining up in a battle for that coveted fourth spot.

Peter Wright is the man in possession and with Snakebite scheduled to face Wade in London he could well get a walkover.

Gerwyn Price's victory last week put him just two points behind Wright in the table, but Price faces league leader Jonny Clayton in a tough opener.

Joe Cullen is only a point further back and he will fancy progressing against bottom-placed Gary Anderson

Michael Smith faces second-placed Michael van Gerwen as he looks to finally get a weekly win following a his first wins of the season last week.

Week 15 order of play

Gerwyn Price 19:10 Jonny Clayton

Michael Smith 19:40 Michael van Gerwen

James Wade 20:10 Peter Wright

Joe Cullen 20:40 Gary Anderson

Semi-finals will start at around 20:40 BST, while the final is expected to take place at 21:45 BST.

Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton

Despite this format not being to his liking, Gerwyn Price claimed his second weekly win of the season in Sheffield last Thursday.

The victory dragged the Welshman into fifth in the table and now just two points behind Wright with two weeks to play.

Facing defending champion Jonny Clayton is hardly ideal for a man trying to force his way into the play-offs, but it may not all rest with this week.

If Price and Wright remain in fifth and four respectively, they'll face off next week in the quarter-finals on a night where the top four will be settled.

Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen

Michael Smith won two Players Championship events last week before beating Clayton in the Premier League - only to lose 6-5 to Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals.

MVG is again Smith's opponent as he looks for a first win bonus of the Premier League season in what looks like his last chance to stake a play-off claim.

Facing Mighty Mike has been a problem for Smith in this competition, with the Dutchman winning all five of their encounters so far - even if the last three have been by a narrow 6-5 scoreline.

MVG, who has won more legs in this than anyone this season (161), remains in second place, three points behind Clayton, and would again face Smith next week if their positions remained the same.

James Wade v Peter Wright

James Wade will not be anywhere near full speed given he's not long return from hospital, and in Peter Wright he'll face a man refreshed after a short break from the oche.

With a busy spell coming up, Wright skipped the recent Czech Darts Open event to get a much-needed break and hit reset after losing his last six matches in a row.

Snakebite will need to be firing as his top-four spot is now under serious threat so he needs to get to get back to his best form to stand a chance of winning this event.

Joe Cullen v Gary Anderson

Joe Cullen joins Price in breathing down Wright's neck and in sixth place but just three points behind, The Rockstar still has a live chance.

Even more so given Cullen faces rock-bottom Anderson who has really struggled for form generally this year and not just in the Premier League.

Cullen is holding is own after being the last man to qualify for the event, and if he gets off to a fast start against Anderson he could challenge in London.

He could face Wright in the semi-final here where a victory would really open things up ahead of next week.

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