Premier League Darts: Permutations for play-off qualification

Daryl Gurney (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)
Daryl Gurney (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)

All permutations for each player on Thursday in their bid to qualify for the Premier League Darts Finals Night at the O2 on May 23.

The 2019 Unibet Premier League Darts regular season concludes final league at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Thursday, where four players are vying for the final two Play-Off places for next week's climax at the O2.

The tightest ever league phase will reach its climax in Yorkshire in arguably the most pivotal night of league action in the competition's 15-year history.

James Wade, Mensur Suljovic, Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price all still harbour hopes of making it to Finals Night on May 23, while Rob Cross and Michael van Gerwen are battling it out for top spot and the £25,000 league leader bonus.

Below is the latest league table and all the permutations of how each player can qualify for the play-offs, while we also have quotes from them all...

2019 Premier League Darts Table

  1. Cross (Q) P 15 W 10 D 2 L 3 LegD +28 Pts 22
  2. Van Gerwen (Q) P 15 W 9 D 3 L 3 LegD +37 Pts 21
  3. Wade P 15 W 6 D 6 L 3 LegD +18 Pts 18
  4. Suljovic P 15 W 7 D 3 L 5 LegD +2 Pts 17
  5. Gurney P 15 W 7 D 3 L 5 LegD +2 Pts 17
  6. Price P 15 W 5 D 6 L 4 LegD +1 Pts 16
  7. Smith P 15 W 3 D 4 L 8 LegD -21 Pts 10
  8. Wright P 15 W 2 D 5 L 8 LegD -27 Pts 9
  9. Relegated: Van Barneveld P 9 W 1 D 2 L 6 LegD -22 Pts 4

Night 16 Fixtures

TV Channel: Sky Sports (1900 GMT)

  • Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
  • Daryl Gurney v Michael Smith
  • Michael van Gerwen v Mensur Suljovic
  • James Wade v Rob Cross

Permutations to qualify for the O2

James Wade

  • Qualifies with a win or a draw.
  • If Gurney or Suljovic do not win, Wade has qualified before playing his match.

Gerwyn Price

  • If Price draws, he needs Suljovic and Gurney to lose.
  • If Price wins, he needs Suljovic and Gurney not to win.

Daryl Gurney

  • Needs a better result than Mensur Suljovic and Gerwyn Price. 

Mensur Suljovic

  • Needs a better result than Daryl Gurney and Gerwyn Price.

Players tied on points are split as follows:

  • League Points
  • Leg Difference (+/-)
  • Legs Won Against Throw (LWAT)
  • Tournament Average from Sportradar 

Player Quotes

Gerwyn Price: "At the start of the league I would've taken this position but going back five or six weeks I would've been disappointed for the situation to be out of my hands.

"Last week's game meant a lot to me, I knew I needed a win or at least a draw and I should've won. But it didn't go my way and I've got to move on now.

"If I don't go through it's still been a brilliant year for me in the Premier League, even though I drew too many games. I'm going to keep being me and playing my own game."

Daryl Gurney: "For me, that game was the biggest of the season. He was the far better player and probably should have won the game, and I did well to get a draw.

"I came away with a very important point. If I'd lost that game and Gerwyn had won it he would have been in the driving seat to qualify for The O2, but we got a draw so if Gerwyn wins [in Leeds] I've got to win.

"I think it leads for a very interesting last week, and I know it's going to be a very difficult game against Michael Smith. He is a sleeping giant right now - the most naturally gifted player there is on the circuit."

Mensur Suljovic: "Of course it will be really hard and I know I have to play well to beat Michael, but I will give it my all.

"It's been a great Premier League and I hope I can make the top four and play in the Play-Offs. I've loved the Premier League this season and I don't want it to end this week."

James Wade: "I was disappointed to only come away with a draw last week, but it could turn out to be a good point.

"I know what I've got to do now, the equation for me is simple so it's up to me to go out there and do it against Rob on Thursday."

Michael Van Gerwen: "I can only blame myself for being in this position - I lost too many points this year,.

"I think I can make up the point difference on Rob, I've been there before and I know what it takes so I will hopefully pile the pressure onto him with a win over Mensur."

Rob Cross: "It would be a real privilege to join Phil and Michael on the list of league phase winners.

"If it was easy to do then there would be a fair few more players on that list, so I can't take for granted how special it would be.

"I'm just enjoying myself up there at the moment, like I did last week against Mensur, and I think that's when I'm at my most dangerous.

"I'm three years into my professional career now and in that time I think I've become more hardened as a player. I've learnt quickly and I want to use my experience to become a better player in the future.

"I've got a tough game against James on Thursday, he's played brilliant darts throughout the Premier League and he's got a great chance to qualify.

"I'm going to have to play proper darts to get the win and I believe I will."

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