Premier League darts: Night nine schedule and preview as Smith faces Wright again

Michael Smith and Peter Wright play another world championship rematch as Premier League darts hits Leeds.

We're into the second half of the 2022 Premier League darts season and it's still all to play for with just 10 points separating top from bottom.

While 10 points sounds a lot, with the new format handing out five points for winning each weekly event, that gap can be closed pretty quickly.

Michael Smith is one of two players yet to win a weekly event, and his latest bid in Leeds has a tough start as he faces world champion Peter Wright in a rematch of their epic Alexandra Palace final back in January.

Ten-time major winner James Wade rounds out the quarter-final ties as he takes on Gerwyn Price, who continues to play despite a broken hand!

One man who won’t be in action is Gary Anderson who tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, Michael van Gerwen has been awarded a 6-0 win and will progress to the semis. He will take on the winner of Michael Smith vs Peter Wright.

Week nine order of play

James Wade reacts after winning the 1st set during day fourteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture date: Saturday January 1, 2022.

Michael Smith 19:10 Peter Wright

Joe Cullen 19:40 Jonny Clayton

James Wade 20:10 Gerwyn Price

Semi-finals will start at around 20:45 BST, while the final is expected to take place at 21:30 BST

Michael Smith vs Peter Wright

It's another rematch of the world championship final so more bad memories for Smith to try and overcome - along with a four-game losing streak against Snakebite and just one win in nine against the Scotsman.

Smith was hammered 6-1 by Clayton last week and remains second-bottom of the Premier League table having made just one weekly final.

Wright reached a Players Championship final at the weekend, losing out to Michael van Gerwen in Barnsley, in what was a nice run of form to take into Leeds.

Joe Cullen vs Jonny Clayton

Clayton's win in Birmingham last week put him level with Van Gerwen on 17 points but second thanks to the Dutchman's vastly superior leg difference.

Cullen isn't too far back in fourth and just five points behind the leaders after he won the week before so these two are in top form in the Premier League - and have already met in a final this season.

Clayton triumphed to win week two and the Welshman has also won their only other Premier League meeting this season, but Cullen won three in a row before that so these two are well matched in an even contest.

James Wade vs Gerwyn Price

Wade has actually been pretty consistent in the Premier League despite joining Smith as the only two contenders without a nightly victory - and he's actually a point above Price going into their clash in Leeds.

The Iceman is still contending with a fracture in his hand and had a couple of ordinary performances over the weekend. Price has also lost his first match the last two Premier League nights.

Wade has made two finals so far - losing one to Price when the Welshman tossed his second nine-darter of the night in Belfast, but in their head-to-head record it's evenly poised at 5-5.

READ MORE: 2022 Premier League darts fixtures, results and schedule

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