Premier League Darts: Night seven schedule and preview as MVG makes Dutch return

Rotterdam Ahoy hosts night seven of Premier League Darts as Michael van Gerwen makes a homecoming appearance.

The Premier League is going Dutch for week seven of the season as the big darting roadshow makes the trip to Rotterdam and the Ahoy arena for the latest installment of the top tungsten action. 

Last week's winner Gary Anderson starts against Joe Cullen as he looks to claim back-to-back wins in the Premier League after a nightmare start.

World champion Peter Wright kicks off the night as he goes up against James Wade, while there's an all-Welsh affair as defending champion Jonny Clayton plays Gerwyn Price.

Home hero Michael van Gerwen closes out the quarter-finals as he tackles Michael Smith in front of what should be another cracking crowd in Rotterdam.

Night seven order of play

Peter Wright 19:10 James Wade

Gary Anderson 19:40 Joe Cullen

Jonny Clayton 20:10 Gerwyn Price

Michael van Gerwen 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.

Peter Wright vs James Wade

Peter Wright celebrates after winning his Semi Final against Michael Smith at the Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton. Picture date: Sunday November 21, 2021.

It's the world champion against the World Championship semi-finalist for the third time in this season's Premier League, with the head-to-head score being tied at 1-1.

They've also won seven matches each in their last 15 meetings in all competitions, with one draw, so there's nothing to separate them over the last few years.

Wade's yet to win a Premier League night though and is five points behind Wright and second bottom of the table, so badly needs to get a victory under his belt.

Gary Anderson vs Joe Cullen

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

Gary Anderson was a relieved man to end his "soul-destroying" poor run in this competition by winning last week, as his victory moved him off the bottom of the table to be replaced by Joe Cullen.

Cullen got to the final in Liverpool in week two but he's not won a single game on the oche since then - with his third recorded victory being a walkover due to Gerwyn Price's injury.

Anderson beat Cullen last Saturday in a Players Championship semi-final, as the Scotsman made it five wins in the last six meetings. He looks to be finding a spot of form that could have Cullen in trouble.

Jonny Clayton vs Gerwyn Price

Jonny Clayton lifts the 2021 Premier League of Darts

This is the first Premier League meeting between the two Welshmen this season and just the second meeting of the year after Jonny Clayton beat Price in The Masters in January.

Both have won one league night so far and Clayton leads Price by just a point in the table after The Iceman missed week five with a hand injury.

Last week's Premier League is the only darts event Price has played in recent weeks, but he still managed to beat in-form Michael van Gerwen so will still be a danger.

Clayton has won three of the last four meetings but Price still has seven wins from his last 10 matches against his compatriot.

Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith

Michael van Gerwen at the 2022 World Darts Championship

League leader Van Gerwen will get a grand reception as he walks out in Rotterdam looking for a third league night victory in four weeks.

Michael Smith will be desperate for a victory though after losing in the final for the last two Premier League nights running. He also lost the UK Open final recently as his run of falling at the final hurdle continues.

MVG also beat Smith in the week four semi-final so Bully Boy will be sick of the sight of the Dutchman by now, and keen to dispatch him and finally get a win on the board.

READ MORE: 2022 Premier League darts full schedule and results

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