Premier League Darts: Night 13 preview and schedule as big guns collide in Glasgow

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With just four weeks left before the play-offs, the Premier League darts roadshow hits Glasgow as players jockey for position in the table.

It's all about being in that top four after night 16 in Newcastle to then qualify for the play-offs in Berlin on June 13.

There's a heavyweight clash on the menu as first and third in the table, Jonny Clayton and James Wade, go head-to-head at the OVO Arena in a repeat of last week's brilliant final.

Both these players are in red-hot form, but so is second-placed Michael van Gerwen who won in Austria at the weekend and now faces Joe Cullen.

Elsewhere, Peter Wright and Gary Anderson open the evening with an all-Scottish affair in front of the home crowd, while Gerwyn Price and Michael Smith are running out of time to climb the table.

Night 13 order of play

Peter Wright 19:10 Gary Anderson Jonny Clayton 19:40 James Wade Gerwyn Price 20:10 Michael Smith Michael van Gerwen 20:40 Joe Cullen Semi-finals will start at around 21:10 BST, while the final is expected to take place at 22:15 BST.

Peter Wright vs Gary Anderson

German Darts Masters, on 13.07.2019
German Darts Masters, on 13.07.2019

First up there's an all-Scottish encounter as world champion Peter Wright takes on not-so-flying Scotsman Gary Anderson in front of a usually boisterous Glasgow crowd.

Anderson is now three points adrift at the foot of the table with just four wins to his name - with three of those coming during his one weekly triumph meaning he's not won a single Premier League match in seven weeks.

Wright, on the other hand, has been ticking along with the odd win here and there since his week one success, but hasn't made a final since week four and has a narrow five-point cushion in fourth place.

In this format that leaves him vulnerable unless Wright picks up another weekly win before the end of the season.

Jonny Clayton vs James Wade

James Wade and Jonny Clayton in darts action
James Wade and Jonny Clayton in darts action

Premier League leader Jonny Clayton and third-placed James Wade have five weekly wins between them, and have hoovered up four of the last five weekly prizes, winning two each. The Machine has been inspired in recent weeks when making four of the last five finals, and he's now level on points (25) and matches won (15) with Michael van Gerwen.

Wade was hugely impressive last week in Dublin as he picked up his second weekly win of the season and also recorded a career-best match average with a whopping 114.73 in his win over Price.

Clayton and Wade served up a belter in last week's final as Wade won 6-5 to hold a 3-2 edge in the Premier League this season, with Clayton winning their previous final meeting 6-1.

Something similar will make this one of the best opening fixtures of the season.

Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith

Gerwyn Price during day two of the Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 tournament at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes. Picture date: Saturday March 6, 2021.
Gerwyn Price during day two of the Ladbrokes UK Open 2021 tournament at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes. Picture date: Saturday March 6, 2021.

Gerwyn Price has spoken of his dislike of the format, and he'll almost be relieved once he's eliminated from the tournament - as now looks likely - although he's just in touch enough to keep him interested.

Price is seven points behind fourth-placed Peter Wright so would need to bag his second weekly win of the season here to get close.

It's been all-or-nothing for the Welshman this season, who hit two nine-darters when winning in Belfast but hasn't reached a final since. It's basically just been nothing for Michael Smith, he remains the only player without a weekly win in the Premier League as his race looks run.

Michael van Gerwen vs Joe Cullen

Michael van Gerwen Premier League darts
Michael van Gerwen Premier League darts

Fresh off another victory at the Austrian Darts Open, Michael van Gerwen will be looking to regain top spot in the table in Glasgow. With one of the in-form duo of Wade or Clayton going out in the quarters, it gives MVG more chance of success here.

Joe Cullen is a tricky opener for him though, with the Rockstar in fifth and chasing down Peter Wright for that final play-off spot. Van Gerwen has won two of their three Premier League meetings this season, but owes Cullen one after he won their clash in the Rotterdam final to deny MVG a huge win on home soil.

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