Top spot and 4th place still up for grabs!
Aberdeen’s GE Oil & Gas Arena hosts the final night before the 2017 Premier League play-offs on May 18.
While the top four is all-but secured, Peter Wright and Dave Chisnall are the main talking points, as they still have outside chances of finishing first and fourth respectively.
Snakebite is just one point and five legs behind Michael van Gerwen, meaning he needs fellow Scot Gary Anderson to do him a favour against MvG. Meanwhile, Chisnall is two points and 10 legs off Phil Taylor, so has to win well and hope The Power suffers a big defeat.
Raymond van Barneveld, James Wade and Adrian Lewis are also in action this Thursday, but are now simply fighting for pride and to finish as high as they can.
Dave Chisnall v James Wade
Chizzy – unbeaten in his last six – has a chance to immediately put pressure on Taylor, if he beats Wade. A draw or loss will not be good enough.
Basically, if Chisnall concedes four or more legs, then it’s all over. If he triumphs 7-3, Taylor can afford to lose 7-1 to Lewis.
But 2009 Premier League champion Wade will certainly be no pushover, boasting an 11-9 win record over his fellow Englishman and now with no pressure on him.
Chizzy can take confidence in the fact that he’s beaten The Machine in their last three meetings, though, and will have to try and play at a similar standard to when he defeated Wade 7-1 in this competition in 2015 – the year he reached the semis.
Phil Taylor v Adrian Lewis
If Chisnall does put the pressure on Taylor, then his former protege Lewis has the chance to make life very difficult for the six-time PL winner.
Just a point for The Power, though, will be enough to see him through to yet another play-offs night.
The retiring all-time great needs only four legs to secure his place, but will need to be careful because he’s been beaten by Jackpot with fewer legs than that three times in the Premier League before.
Taylor’s also lost his last two duels with Lewis, including last time out in this event 7-4.
But surely, after upsetting Van Gerwen last week, we’ll be seeing The Power at the O2 Arena again.
Peter Wright v Raymond van Barneveld
Onto the next two intriguing battles, again it is the player behind in their race who can pile the pressure on first – Wright on this occasion.
Snakebite also has a much better chance than Chisnall of achieving his goal in Week 15, as a win or draw puts him in with an opportunity of finishing the season in first. And, thus gain the £25k bonus.
If Wright draws, he can top the league if Van Gerwen loses 7-1 or 7-0. While, if the Scotsman wins 7-2, 7-3, 7-4 or 7-5, MvG only needs a draw.
Wright has arguably been the form player of 2017, and has the mental edge going into the night in Aberdeen for a couple of reasons.
Not only is he playing in front of his home crowd, but the Scot also recently destroyed Van Gerwen 6-0 in the European Grand Prix final last weekend.
On top of that, Snakebite’s only lost to Barney once in six Premier League meetings – though did draw four of them.
Van Barneveld may have a trick or two up his sleeve, however, as he’ll look to end his losing run of four.
Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson
The final match of the evening may or may not be a dead rubber, but any battle between the PDC’s number one and two ranked players is not to be missed.
This duo have claimed the last two Premier League and World Championship titles, and Anderson will relish playing in front of his home crowd.
Van Gerwen may have only lost one of his previous eight meetings with The Flying Scotsman, but that defeat was their most recent at a Players Championship event in late April.
They also drew in their last PL fixture, which could ultimately be fatal for Van Gerwen in his quest to finish first in all five campaigns he’s now taken part in.
Chisnall: “I’m relying on other results but I’m still in with a chance and it should be exciting.
“It’s been good in recent weeks and I’ve been feeling great. I’ve been playing well for a while now so we’ll see what happens this week and hopefully I can play well again.
“James is a top quality player, one of the best finishers in the game and I can’t give him a chance. I’ve given people some chances recently and they’ve take it and I can’t afford to do that with James.”
Taylor: “I’m in a good position but I’ve still got to perform. I’m trying to get to The O2 and if I get there then it will be fantastic to be involved.
“I’m not banking on anything because Adrian could come out and put in a massive performance – there’s no pressure on him now that he can’t qualify.”
Wright: “I’m feeling really good. It’s nice not to have the pressure on, having qualified with two weeks to go, but I still want to finish top – Michael’s the best player in the game at the moment but I’m trying to push him.
“I need to beat Barney to try and get that top spot and I’m looking at the two points.
“Playing Barney in Scotland will be huge because the crowd treat him like one of their own. It should be a fantastic match with loads of noise from the crowd and singing because Aberdeen’s a great crowd so I’m looking forward to it.”
Van Gerwen: “Last year was fantastic in Aberdeen and it’s a great memory for me, but I have to focus on this week’s game because Gary’s in good form.
“He’s won his last couple of matches so I know I’ve got to prepare myself. My aim was to finish top and it’s still in my hands, so I’ll do everything I can to achieve it this week.”
Anderson: “I’ve got wins when I’ve needed to in the last two weeks and it’s all about getting into the top four, but it will be really good to play Michael.
“If I turn up, Michael knows what game he’s going to get, and it’s the same the other way around too.
“He’s in my country now and I’m looking forward to it. I played Barney in Holland this year and it was great to see the support behind him, and hopefully it will be the same for me too this week.
“We don’t get too many events in Scotland so it’s always good to get back up there because the crowds are brilliant.”
1/2 Michael van Gerwen
4/1 Peter Wright
11/2 Gary Anderson
10/1 Phil Taylor
80/1 Dave Chisnall
Week 15 match betting
4/5 Dave Chisnall
5/2 James Wade
4/5 Phil Taylor
5/2 Adrian Lewis
4/5 Peter Wright
5/2 Raymond van Barneveld
4/5 Michael van Gerwen
3/1 Phil Taylor
Odds correct at time of writing and courtesy of www.betway.com. Odds subject to fluctuation.
Tickets: Sold out