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2023 Premier League
It would appear the PDC deleted the PL announcement:

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But judging by the above it would suggest the line up will be

Michael Smith
Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen
Gerwyn Price
Luke Humphries - or Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall
Dimitri Van den Bergh
Chris Dobey


If so then I may actually watch some of it this year!!!!
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It would appear this is what the link in the above tweet actually said

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So Clayton instead of Humphries - bet Luke won't be happy about that given he is number 5 in the rankings list and winning 4 Euro Tour events last year!!!
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and that line up confirmed by the PDC just now (screenshot just in case they delete it again lol)

https://twitter.com/OfficialPDC/status/1...5566777344

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No Ross Smith? Glad Dobey is in though. DVDB.. surely off form, people are as bored of his dancing as they are his stupid calm down antics mid match. Glad Asp is in though, although I woul dof been happy for him to be replaced with Luke Humphries, who is unlucky to miss out too.

Smith for me will take it...
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I'm actually a big fan of Dimi on the oche but not so much of his dancing - same with Wright I find his jumping up and down (it's not dancing!!) completely cringeworthy, almost as much as the clown outfits he wears.

Personally I think the bottom line of that picture should have been

Humphries - even though I'm not a fan he won 4 ET events and is 3rd on the year to date earnings list
Ross Smith - Euro Champ
Noppert - UK Open
Dobey - Masters

Even though he did well in the PL last year I wouldn't include him (ie Clayton) this year as he is only 14th in the year to date ranking earnings list
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In my opinion Cross deserves a place in Premier League just as much as Aspinal, Bergh or Clayton... I would add Dobey to this list but he is the Masters winner so a must-be on the list.
But after all PDC have come up with a pretty solid line-up.
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Matt Porter discussing this years PL

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No Humphries is absolute madness and as much as I'm a fan of Dobey I really don't see how he's done more in the last 12 months than R.Smith and particularly Noppert.

Just our yearly reminder by the PDC that the Premier League is really more of a glorified exhibition tour.

Still, I'm sure there will be plenty of good matches along the way anyhow.

*edit* Also, "We don't want to put people in before they're ready" then why put Dobey in after his first final? Makes perfect sense, lads....Guests cannot see images in the messages. Please register at the forum by clicking here to see images.
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I'm personally a little disappointed that these are the names picked, however it is what it is now so hopefully they all have a good campaign.
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2023 Cazoo Premier League fixtures confirmed

Michael Smith and Michael van Gerwen will collide in a repeat of the World Championship final in Belfast on Thursday, with each night's opening fixtures confirmed for the 2023 Cazoo Premier League.

This year’s tournament will see eight of the sport’s top stars contesting 16 mini-events during the season, with each league night comprising quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final over the best of 11 legs.

The Cazoo Premier League season gets underway at The SSE Arena in Belfast, with the opening night’s quarter-finals headlined by a blockbuster showdown between Smith and reigning champion Van Gerwen.

This will be the pair’s first meeting since their Alexandra Palace epic on January 3, which saw Smith land a history-making nine-darter en route to clinching his maiden World Championship crown.

Two-time World Champion Peter Wright plays newly crowned Masters champion Chris Dobey, who celebrated his first televised triumph in Milton Keynes on Sunday night.

Elsewhere, Dimitri Van den Bergh marks his Premier League return with a clash against 2021 champion Jonny Clayton, while 2020 runner-up Nathan Aspinall plays Gerwyn Price – who famously landed two nine-darters in Belfast last year.

Night Two will take place at Cardiff’s International Arena on February 9, with Price pitted against Dobey on his homecoming, while Clayton makes his return to home soil with a tie against World Champion Smith.

Wright will headline Night Three at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro when he takes on Van den Bergh, with six-time champion Van Gerwen up against Aspinall in a repeat of October’s World Grand Prix final.

The sport’s biggest roadshow rolls into Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday February 23, as Smith and Wright lock horns in a repeat of the 2022 Cazoo World Championship final.

Night Five in Exeter will then see a repeat of two televised finals from 2022, with Van Gerwen meeting Price in a repeat of July’s World Matchplay decider, before Aspinall and Smith battle it out in a rematch of November’s Grand Slam showpiece.

Quarter-final fixtures for 14 of the 16 league phase nights are listed below in draw bracket order, with fixtures for Night Eight and Night 16 to be determined by league standings heading into each night.

All matches will be played over a best of 11 legs format, with a £10,000 bonus on offer to each night's winner.

Ranking points will also be awarded each night - with five to the winner, three to the runner-up and two to the semi-finalists - to form the league table from which the top four players will progress to the Play-Offs at The O2 in London on Thursday May 25.

Tickets for the Cazoo Premier League are now on General Sale - CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

The 2023 Cazoo Premier League will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK & Ireland, through the PDC's worldwide broadcast partners including DAZN and Viaplay, and on PDCTV for Rest of the World Subscribers.

2023 Cazoo Premier League
Night One - Thursday February 2
The SSE Arena, Belfast
Quarter-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall v Gerwyn Price

Night Two - Thursday February 9
Cardiff International Arena
Quarter-Finals
Michael Smith v Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall v Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price v Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night Three - Thursday February 16
OVO Hydro, Glasgow
Quarter-Finals
Nathan Aspinall v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price v Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton v Chris Dobey

Night Four - Thursday February 23
3Arena, Dublin
Quarter-Finals
Michael Smith v Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton v Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey v Michael van Gerwen

Night Five - Thursday March 2
Westpoint Exeter
Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen v Gerwyn Price
Nathan Aspinall v Michael Smith
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Chris Dobey
Jonny Clayton v Peter Wright

Night Six - Thursday March 9
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey v Nathan Aspinall
Michael Smith v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night Seven - Thursday March 16
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Quarter-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Michael van Gerwen
Chris Dobey v Michael Smith

Night Eight - Thursday March 23
Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Quarter-Finals
Fixtures based on league table following Night Seven

Night Nine - Thursday March 30
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Quarter-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall v Chris Dobey
Jonny Clayton v Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright v Gerwyn Price

Night Ten - Thursday April 6
Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Quarter-Finals
Michael van Gerwen v Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall v Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Michael Smith

Night 11 - Thursday April 13
The Brighton Centre
Quarter-Finals
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Michael van Gerwen
Chris Dobey v Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright v Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton v Michael Smith

Night 12 - Thursday April 20
Rotterdam Ahoy
Quarter-Finals
Chris Dobey v Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith v Gerwyn Price
Dimitri Van den Bergh v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Aspinall

Night 13 - Thursday April 27
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Quarter-Finals
Michael Smith v Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price v Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 14 - Thursday May 4
AO Arena, Manchester
Quarter-Finals
Peter Wright v Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey v Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith v Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price v Michael van Gerwen

Night 15 - Thursday May 11
Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Quarter-Finals
Gerwyn Price v Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey v Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton v Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 16 - Thursday May 18
P&J Live, Aberdeen
Quarter-Finals
Fixtures based on league table following Night 15

Play-Offs - Thursday May 25
The O2, London
Semi-Finals & Final

The Cazoo Premier League format remains as per 2022 with the eight players competing down a winner on each league night, featuring matches over the best of 11 legs.

Players will face each other twice in quarter-final ties throughout the season, with the fixtures being balanced for players to be in opposite halves of the draw in an equal number of weeks following a review of the 2022 schedule.

The fixtures for Night Eight and Night 16 will be based on the league table following Night Seven and Night 15 respectively.
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Agree with the comments here, seems like Dobey's win in the Masters carried more weight than what I would consider better year-long performances by other players. Will be interesting so see how he does.
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Humphries not being in did shock me, to say anything else would be false.

However as much as I love darts I really don't watch the premier league and wouldn't have whoever was there. I think the less travel and less busy calendar could actually help Luke follow up a the year he's had with another good if not better one.
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Humphries easily did enough to deserve a spot. But as usual not much rationale from the PDC here...just whomever suits them best at the time.

I guess a big plus for Luke is he can now spend a bit more time with his family and newborn, rather than be away most weeks from Wed-Sun which is a pretty gruelling schedule for the Premier League guys.
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Luke Humphries and Ross Smith would have been there for me but at least the PDC haven’t managed to select Fallon Sherlock !
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