With all four games set to have a bearing on the final finishing positions, seeing two Play-Off places and the winner of the league leader’s bonus up for grabs, Night 16 in Leeds will be a pivotal evening.
THE order of matches for Thursday’s crucial final league night of the Unibet Premier League season at Leeds’ First Direct Arena has been amended.
The night’s action will now begin with sixth-placed Gerwyn Price taking on Peter Wright, with the Welshman having to take a win or a draw from the game to keep his Play-Off hopes alive.
The focus then moves to fifth-placed Daryl Gurney, who takes on Michael Smith and knows that he must better the results of Price and Mensur Suljovic.
Fourth-placed Suljovic competes in the third tie of the evening, against Michael van Gerwen, and knows that he must better the results of Gurney and Price in their earlier games.
Third-placed James Wade will qualify with a win or a draw from his tie with Rob Cross in the night’s final fixture, but if Gurney or Suljovic fail to win then the 2009 champion will have qualified for the Play-Offs.
Meanwhile, Van Gerwen will be aiming to put the pressure on Cross in their battle to top the final league table and claim the £25,000 league leader’s bonus.
The Dutchman sits a point behind Cross but has superior leg difference, so would move top with a draw ahead of the 2018 World Champion’s meeting with Wade in the final tie in Leeds.
Cross, though, is in pole position as he bids to become only the third player, behind Phil Taylor (2005-2012) and Van Gerwen (2013-2018) to top the Premier League table at the end of the regular season.
2019 Unibet Premier League
Night 16 – Thursday May 16
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
James Wade v Rob Cross
Tickets: 0844 248 1585 or ticketmaster.co.uk