Premier League Darts: Jonny Clayton, Michael van Gerwen, Joe Cullen or James Wade for the title? | Darts News


Laura Turner

Sky Sports Darts commentator

Reigning and defending Premier League champion Jonny Clayton takes on debutant Joe Cullen before five-time winner Michael van Gerwen faces 2009 champion James Wade; watch the Premier League Play-Offs in Berlin on Monday – live on Sky Sports Action & Main Event from 7pm

Last Updated: 11/06/22 6:32pm

Jonny Clayton will be out to retain his Premier League Darts title in Berlin on Monday

Jonny Clayton will be out to retain his Premier League Darts title in Berlin on Monday

All roads lead to Berlin for Premier League Finals night where Jonny Clayton, Michael van Gerwen, Joe Cullen or James Wade will be crowned champion. Here are Laura Turner’s predictions…

Welshman Clayton is the firm favourite to retain his title after becoming the fourth player in Premier League history to top the league phase, following in the footsteps of Phil Taylor, Van Gerwen and Glen Durrant.

Dutchman Van Gerwen will be eyeing a sixth Premier League crown and first since 2019.

However, Wade, who is seeking to reclaim the title he won 13 years ago, and Masters champion Cullen will have something to say as they look to prevent the dream final from happening in Germany.

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Clayton will face Cullen in the opening semi-final, before former champions Van Gerwen and Wade collide – having finished second and third respectively.

We spoke to Sky Sports’ Laura Turner for her thoughts ahead of what should be a titanic night of tungsten.

Clayton vs Cullen: Can ‘The Rockstar’ dethrone the champ?

The best of the action from Night 13 in Glasgow as Clayton secured a fourth victory in six finals

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The best of the action from Night 13 in Glasgow as Clayton secured a fourth victory in six finals

The best of the action from Night 13 in Glasgow as Clayton secured a fourth victory in six finals

“I picked Clayton pre-match and I haven’t changed my thoughts on that. Jonny became just the fourth person in history to top the table and I see him winning it.

“I do see so many similarities with Cullen’s journey and Clayton’s from last year, where they both made the Premier League after winning The Masters, then getting a place in the Play-Offs at the last attempt, so there are many parallels.

“I quite like a story and there’s a story there if Cullen gets past Clayton, but I think Jonny is buzzing at the moment. He’s in a good place and his darts are absolutely fantastic. I can see him edging this one.”

The best of the action from Night 7 in Rotterdam as Cullen ruined Van Gerwen's homecoming

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The best of the action from Night 7 in Rotterdam as Cullen ruined Van Gerwen’s homecoming

The best of the action from Night 7 in Rotterdam as Cullen ruined Van Gerwen’s homecoming

MVG vs Wade: Can ‘The Machine’ upset ‘Mighty Mike’?

Michael van Gerwen will be favourite to defeat James Wade in the semi-finals despite 'The Machine' beating his rival at the Nordic Masters over the weekend

Michael van Gerwen will be favourite to defeat James Wade in the semi-finals despite ‘The Machine’ beating his rival at the Nordic Masters over the weekend

“James Wade has been slightly underestimated throughout the tournament. He’s proved the doubters wrong by making the Play-Offs in third position.

“That said, Michael van Gerwen is such a phenomenal player as he would say, but I think with the longer format I think he edges it but I do think it will be close. It could go either way, like any match, but Michael edges it for me. That’s not to say Wade will be too far behind.”

Take a look back at one of the best games ever played as Phil Taylor took on Wade at Wembley Arena

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Take a look back at one of the best games ever played as Phil Taylor took on Wade at Wembley Arena

Take a look back at one of the best games ever played as Phil Taylor took on Wade at Wembley Arena

So, who’s making the final? And who wins outright?

Clayton gives his reaction after winning the Premier League title on his debut campaign

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Clayton gives his reaction after winning the Premier League title on his debut campaign

Clayton gives his reaction after winning the Premier League title on his debut campaign

“Based on those semi-finals, I think it will be Clayton and MVG in the final and I think Clayton wins it.

“His confidence is at an all-time high, while if MVG’s game is not there straight away then his head can dip and Jonny is such a strong frontrunner.

“It’s going to be back-to-back success for Jonny Clayton.”

Ahead of the Play-Offs in Berlin, take a look back at one of the most dramatic finals ever played in the tournament as Van Gerwen and Peter Wright met at the O2 Arena

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Ahead of the Play-Offs in Berlin, take a look back at one of the most dramatic finals ever played in the tournament as Van Gerwen and Peter Wright met at the O2 Arena

Ahead of the Play-Offs in Berlin, take a look back at one of the most dramatic finals ever played in the tournament as Van Gerwen and Peter Wright met at the O2 Arena

What do you make of the format changes this year? Here to stay?

Clayton said he was enjoying the new Premier League format during the opening week of action in Cardiff

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Clayton said he was enjoying the new Premier League format during the opening week of action in Cardiff

Clayton said he was enjoying the new Premier League format during the opening week of action in Cardiff

“I’ve really enjoyed the change this year. I think it’s been exciting and I think the crowd get to see more walk-ons, more matches, and there’s a conclusion to the evening.

“I know some people have said that the format can be repetitive, but they said the same thing about the last format. I think it’s really worked.

“I’ve enjoyed it, especially towards the tail end where we were wondering who was going to stay in? Who was going out? Who’s keeping their chances alive? It’s been exciting and for the players, there’s that additional £10,000 bonus. I was so pleased to see Michael Smith win that last event. It meant that everyone had won at least one of the events.

“I’m looking forward to seeing it all again next year.”

Gerwyn Price hit two nine-darters on a magical night in Belfast

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Gerwyn Price hit two nine-darters on a magical night in Belfast

Gerwyn Price hit two nine-darters on a magical night in Belfast

Play-Offs – Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Monday, June 13
Semi-Finals (First to 10 legs)

Jonny Clayton vs Joe Cullen
Michael van Gerwen vs James Wade

Final (First to 11 legs)
Clayton/Cullen vs Van Gerwen/Wade

Check out daily Darts news on skysports.com/darts, our app for mobile devices and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts. We’re back for the Premier League Play-Offs in Berlin on Monday, June 13 – live on Sky Sports Action & Main Event from 7pm.