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Champ Struggles As Clayton Tops Table After Premier League Darts Night 5


The 2021 Premier League Darts tournament got off to a surprising start when World Champion Gerwyn Price was ruled out of the tournament, meaning that James Wade, the current UK Open Champion, would take the Welshman’s place in the tournament.

It wasn’t the ideal preparation for Wade, who has played in the event previously, but he was one of a number of stars to pick up a point on a very close opening night of action in the tournament.

In this article, we are going to review the action that took place across last week in the Premier League from Night One through to Night Five and then give you the remaining fixtures that will take place next week from Night Six through to Judgement Night on Night Nine when the two bottom placed players in the table will be eliminated from the tournament.

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Let’s now take a look at how results went across the first five nights of action in the Premier League Darts, including a very tight first night of games.

Premier League Darts Results

Night One

  • Nathan Aspinall 7-3 Glen Durrant
  • Rob Cross 6-6 Jose De Souza
  • Peter Wright 6-6 Jonny Clayton
  • James Wade 6-6 Gary Anderson
  • Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Dmitri Van den Bergh

Night Two

  • Gary Anderson 7-5 Jose de Sousa
  • Jonny Clayton 7-3 Glen Durrant
  • Dmitri Van den Bergh 7-5 Nathan Aspinall
  • Michael Van Gerwen 7-2 Peter Wright
  • Rob Cross 7-3 James Wade

Night Three

  • Rob Cross 3-7 Michael van Gerwen
  • Glen Durrant 0-7 Dmitri Van Den Bergh
  • Peter Wright 7-4 Gary Anderson
  • Nathan Aspinall 7-4 James Wade
  • Jose de Sousa 3-7 Jonny Clayton

Night Four

  • Dmitri Van den Bergh 6-6 Peter Wright
  • Jonny Clayton 3-7 Rob Cross
  • Jose de Sousa 6-6 Nathan Aspinall
  • James Wade 7-3 Michael van Gerwen
  • Gary Anderson 7-2 Glen Durrant

Night Five

  • Gary Anderson 4-7 Jonny Clayton
  • Peter Wright 7-5 Rob Cross
  • Michael van Gerwen 6-6 Nathan Aspinall
  • James Wade 7-3 Glen Durrant
  • Dmitri Van den Bergh 3-7 Jose de Sousa

We have already seen two nine-dart finishes in the tournament. Jonny Clayton achieved the feat on Night 3 when beating Jose de Sousa and on Night Four it was de Sousa’s turn to achieve perfection with a 9-dart finish in his 6-6 draw with Nathan Aspinall.

The results across the five nights of action left us with the following league table.

Premier League Table – After Night 5

  1. Jonny Clayton – 7pts (+7)
  2. Dmitri Van Den Bergh – 6 Pts (+5)
  3. Nathan Aspinall – 6 Pts (+5)
  4. Michael van Gerwen – 6 Pts (+5)
  5. Peter Wright – 6 Pts (0)
  6. Rob Cross – 5 Pts (+2)
  7. James Wade – 5 Pts (+1)
  8. Gary Anderson – 5 Pts (+1)
  9. Jose De Sousa – 4 Pts (-2)
  10. Glen Durrant – 0 Pts (-24)

Champion Glen Durrant has really struggled in the defence of the title he won last year. Not only has he lost all five of his matches, but he has done so quite heavily as he clearly struggles for form. However, the battle above him is not just to avoid the second elimination spot on Judgement Night, but also to come top of the table.

With just three points between Clayton in 1st place in the table, and de Sousa in 9th, this is literally any players chance to win this opening Phase of the tournament and set themselves up nicely for Phase 2 of the tournament.

Therefore, the next four match nights in Phase 1 will be crucial and they are outlined below.

Premier League Phase 1 Remaining Fixtures

Night 6 – 19th April

  • Nathan Aspinall v Peter Wright
  • Jonny Clayton v Dmitri Van den Bergh
  • Rob Cross v Gary Anderson
  • Jose de Sousa v James Wade
  • Glen Durrant v Michael van Gerwen

Night 7 – 20th April

  • Glen Durrant v Jose de Sousa
  • Rob Cross v Dmitri Van den Bergh
  • Nathan Aspinall v Jonny Clayton
  • Peter Wright v James Wade
  • Michael van Gerwen v Gary Anderson

Night 8 – 21st April

  • Rob Cross v Nathan Aspinall
  • Gary Anderson v Dmitri Van den Bergh
  • Michael van Gerwen v Jose de Sousa
  • James Wade v Jonny Clayton
  • Peter Wright v Glen Durrant

Night 9 – Judgement Night – 22nd April

  • Jonny Clayton v Michael van Gerwen
  • Glen Durrant v Rob Cross
  • Jose de Sousa v Peter Wright
  • Nathan Aspinall v Gary Anderson
  • Dmitri Van den Bergh v James Wade

Ordinarily, I would have looked through these fixtures and picked out some of the key games to look forward to, a battle which may decide who finishes top of the table after Phase 1, a game which may be key to deciding who finishes in the elimination places, but with the way the table is at the moment, EVERY game is going to matter!

Glen Durrant could still avoid elimination but would likely need to win all his games remaining in the event and then get some help from other players. That doesn’t look likely for Duzza given his lack of form at the moment.

However the remaining nine players are not just looking to stay in the tournament, any of them could be top of the table at the end of Phase 1, or put together a run of wins next week which would set them up nicely for Stage 2. However, one of them will likely join Durrant as being eliminated from the event.

So who would that be? Well it is an incredibly difficult choice as at the moment, one win could see you move from 8th in the table to first. With so much change possible, it is likely going to be Judgement Night before we have any realistic idea of where we stand with the table.

If I was going to back someone to be eliminated, I would probably go for Rob Cross, simply because of his form over the last 18 months or so, but that would not be with the greatest of conviction given how open this event has been.