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Greenwich venue all set for darts play-off finals night
Updated 12:01pm Thursday 22nd May 2014 in Sport
The destiny of the Premier League Darts title will be decided at The O2 in Greenwich tonight as Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson do battle in the play-offs.
Reigning champion van Gerwen topped the league table following the 15-week season, finishing four points clear of van Barneveld, Taylor and Anderson.
Taylor, a six-time Premier League champion, overcame a rocky start to be unbeaten in his final 11 matches as he moved from tenth to third in the final placings.
Anderson, meanwhile, was unbeaten in his last seven games as he edged out Peter Wright to claim fourth spot, as he bids to win back the title he claimed three years ago at Wembley.
The 2011 victor takes on world champion van Gerwen in this evening's opening semi-final, with the Dutchman in confident mood after heading the league table for a second successive year.
“To win the table again means a lot but I worked hard for it and it's paid off,” said van Gerwen, the 7/5 favourite with sponsors Betway.
“Now it’s knockout and you can't afford to rely on what's happened in previous weeks, you have to play well on the night.
“I also finished top last year and won the play-offs so maybe it will help me this year, but I just need to play well on the night - it doesn't matter if you finished as number one or number four.
“I’m probably more consistent than last year and I want to keep this going and make sure I play well in the play-offs.
“I know I'm the favourite, but Gary is a great player and I have to make sure I don't make any mistakes and give him a chance to finish his doubles.
“We always have great battles between us, and I know if I play my best then I'm going to beat him.
“I've shown everyone I can win the tournament last year, but I've still got a lot of work to do this time.”
Tickets for tonight’s Premier League darts play-offs are still available from The O2 by calling 0844 856 0202 or online at axs.com
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