The Premier League finals take centre stage at the O2 arena tonight, not in the sport of football though, but darts.
After 15 weeks of competition, which seen two of the ten competitors relegated after week nine, we’re now down to four semi-finalists.
Tonight sees Michael Van Gerwen take on Gary Anderson and Phil Taylor against Raymond Van Barneveld, with the two winners playing for the Premier League trophy and the £150,000 prize fund.
I’m going to look ahead to the semi-finals and discuss who I think will be crowned champion:
By Cameron Kennedy – @LiveF0rever_
Michael Van Gerwen vs Gary Anderson
The current Premier League and World Champion Van Gerwen took the league by storm to claim top spot.
He is the favourite to retain his crown but has an incredibly tough semi-final against 2011 Premier League champion Anderson.
The Scot has returned to form this year and has already beaten Van Gerwen in the league. This should be tight and I wouldn’t be surprised if Anderson was able to cause a shock and knock out the ‘Green Machine’.
There will be plenty of 180’s but it will all come down to who misses the least amount of doubles, with both being known to be shaky on their finishes.
Raymond Van Barneveld vs Phil Taylor
After losing his first three league games, Phil Taylor has had a miraculous run to get into the finals, and is currently on an 11-game unbeaten run.
He will take some stopping but one man who hasn’t been beaten by Taylor this year is his old foe Van Barneveld.
Both their games have finished 6-6 so expect this match to be close again. Barney has never made the Premier League final, with six semi-final defeats and he may make it seven times the charm. But with Taylor in such good form it’s going to be a difficult challenge. I can see Taylor just edging it by a leg or two.
It’s going to be a brilliant night and it would perfect if the first nine-darter of the tournament came tonight.
If I was made to choose a winner then I’d have to go with Taylor purely because of his form coming into finals night – but it’s so tight that any of the four can win.